CLASSIC LASAGNA

CLASSIC LASAGNA
This homemade classic lasagna recipe is absolutely delicious and one that will be requested over and over. A perfect comfort food that satisfies those pasta cravings, those cheese cravings and it’s an easy lasagna recipe to prepare and the leftovers are to die for! It’s even better the second day. Loaded with gobs of cheese, from the mozzarella cheese, to the cottage cheese (can substitute Ricotta cheese), to the Parmesan cheese, this is one cheesy lasagna recipe everyone will love. You can also add more mozzarella cheese if you’d like it even more cheesy. Like I’ve said many times, you can never have enough cheese.
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 15 oz can water, use the tomato sauce can
  • 1 12 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 24 oz mozzarella cheese, grated (can use more)
  • 16 oz cottage cheese, or ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 16 oz box lasagna pasta, you will only need about 15 noodles

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large pan, add olive oil, chopped onions and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add ground beef and cook until completely browned, drain fat. Return to pan.
  4. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, oregano, basil, salt and pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for approximately 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente, rinse and set aside.
  7. Lightly spray a 14 x 11 1/2 x 2 1/4 baking dish (or two smaller size baking dishes) with a non stick spray then add a small amount of meat mixture in the bottom of dish. Spread around.
  8. Add lasagna noodles (approximately 5, they will overlap onto each other).
  9. Next, spread 1/2 of the cottage cheese on top of pasta.
  10. Spoon 1/3 meat mixture on top of cottage cheese.
  11. Sprinkle with 1/2 the Parmesan cheese.
  12. Next add 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese.
  13. Repeat with another layer of pasta, cottage cheese, meat mixture, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese.
  14. Final layer is pasta, remaining meat mixture and remaining mozzarella cheese.
  15. Cover with foil and cook for approximately 50-60 minutes. Remove foil and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  16. Serve with salad and garlic bread.

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