This ible will cover how to assemble lasagna, and also how to make the meat sauce that goes in mine!
I've been making this for a few years and it's always well received. Hope you enjoy it! :D
Step 1: Ingredients!
Lasagna takes a lot of ingredients, but it also feeds a lot of people.
For my tomato meat sauce:
For the rest of the lasagna:
Step 2: Making the meat sauce, part 1.
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Prep work and browning the meat!
Roughly dice the onion, and mince as much garlic as you want. I used eight cloves.
Once this is done, throw the ground beef brick into a pan over medium heat and cook until browned. If a lot of fat seeps out, drain most of it. You need only a few tablespoons of fat to cook the onion and garlic in.
Once you've drained the extra fat, throw in the onions, garlic, some salt and pepper, and a good amount of crushed red pepper.
Stir this around for a few minutes over medium heat until the onions become soft. Then add in a few good pinches of oregano and a tablespoon or two of tomato paste. (I'm using the concentrated kind, so not as much.)
Step 3: Making the meat sauce, part 2.
Now, open both cans of tomatoes and dump them in. Mix it around for a moment, and bring to a light boil. Watch out for splatters!
Lower the heat to a simmer and cover. Let simmer for approx. 45 minutes while you do the rest of the prep!
Step 4: Take some time out to smell your garlic fingers.
This is very important.
If you don't do this already when cooking, you should!
Step 5: Prepare the pasta, grate the cheese, finish the sauce.
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Get a pot of water boiling and cook the pasta according to the lowest number on the package directions. You don't want them to be soggy! Once the pasta is done, drain them well and separate the noodles as much as you can. Otherwise they get quite sitcky!
While the pasta is boiling, grate the cheese if you chose to do so yourself. I love grating cheese.
Your sauce should be done at this point, so turn off the heat, check the seasonings and add anything extra that you want. I'm adding fresh basil because I love the way it tastes.
If you choose to do basil, roll the leaves up and then cut them with kitchen shears over the pot, or with a small knife and then transfer to the pot.
Now we can start assembling!
Step 6: Assembling!
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Make sure your cheeses, noodles and sauce are all within easy reach.
Ladle just enough sauce to cover the bottom of the pan with liquid. Then place four noodles on top of the sauce, slightly overlapping. If they're broken, piece them together as much as possible. Spread 1/4 of the ricotta over the noodles, and then 1/4 of the mozzarella and 1/4 of the parmesan.
Now you'll put more sauce over the cheese and then noodles, and ricotta, etc. You repeat the basic build three times.
On the fourth and final level, do ricotta cheese, then the rest of the sauce, topped with the rest of the cheese.
Now bake at 400 F for 40 minutes. Let rest for at least ten minutes. :D
Step 7: Finished product!
Serve it to a bunch of hungry friends and/or family with warm garlic bread and enjoy your hero status. :D