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Friday, March 02, 2007

Lasagna

I made lasagna tonight for me and Kim. Steve got invited to a guy's night, so I invited Kim over for a gal's night. It was nice to just chill out and catch up with her.

And then I thought, maybe it's time to post another recipe. I know mom likes my lasagna, so maybe she'll try it if I write it out for her.

My Easy Lasagna
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
box of short lasagna noodles (because we're making a smaller serving. Use the regular long noodles if you're making this in a 9x13 pan, but then you'll have to double the ingredients below)
*NOTE: "no bake" noodles are easiest - but you'll have to add water to your sauce so the noodles have something to absorb when they cook. Tonight, I went with the standard cook-before-you-assemble-the-lasagna noodles.
1 tub 10 or 15oz ricotta cheese
1 tub parmasean cheese
2 cups (approximately) mozzarella cheese
1 egg
1 small bag chopped frozen spinach
1 jar marinara sauce (or mom's homemade sauce)
*NOTE: for you meat eaters, cook up some hamburger at some point, and leave out the spinach. I'm not sure how well they'd go together.

Heat up the sauce slowly on the stove.

Cook lasagna noodles according to times on the box. When they're cooked, carefully remove the noodles from water and lay on wax paper or tin foil to cool. Tongs work best for this - the noodles will rip very easily. It's good to cook a few extra just in case.

Combine the cheeses and egg in a bowl. Mix together. Throw in some pepper and parsley or any other herbs you like. Go nuts.

Spray the bottom of a 9x9 baking dish with a little bit of cooking spray. Put a light layer of sauce down, then lay down the noodles (overlapping a little), the cheese (save some mozzarella to top it off), then the spinach or meat, then sauce. Lay down another layer noodles and if you have enough, repeat the cheese, spinach/meat, sauce layer. Once you've finished with your layers (be sure to end up with noodles, then put a bit of sauce on top of them), top it off with the left over mozzarella.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until heated all the way through.

Wala. Lasagna for the non-cook.

Enjoy.

PS. The word "spinach" has lost all meaning now. It's a weird word.

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