Today a very special young lady came over. She happened to be here while I was cooking my supper. This started a rather loud roar of laughter as she watched me take pictures of my lasagna....and I guess in most circles, taking pictures of food is rather...weird. I began to explain to her that even she will appreciate these pictures, like when she gets married and is living far from here, she will then get step by step instructions on how to make these yummy foods. Foods that she has enjoyed around our table many times. You see, she really isn't known for her cooking....well actually maybe she is known for some of it! Just mention pancakes and a sly smile comes across the faces of all my children! So she agreed, although she says that she will prefer to buy boxed frozen lasagna, but maybe one day she might try....so here goes....
2 pounds of ground beef
1 diced onion(cut up really small)
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
2 cloves of garlic pressed
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Brown ground beef and rest of ingredients.
Add 1 can Hunts Thick and Rich Original
1 can tomato paste
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 can Water (from Hunts)
Simmer on low for at least 1 hour.... as this is simmering, bring a large pot of water to boil. Don't forget to add salt to the water. Place 9 Lasagna noodles in (not oven ready noodles) and cook for about 8-9 min. Strain noodles.
In a 9X13 pan, spread a very thin layer of sauce, just so the noodles wont stick. Put a layer of three noodles in the pan, and spread approximately 1/3 of the sauce over noodles. Place next layer of noodles and repeat with sauce. Repeat for last layer and then generously cover noodles with remaining sauce. Shred Mozzarella Cheese all over the top...be generous, and then place in a 350 degree F oven for about 35 minutes. Turn off oven and let the dish remain in oven for about 5 minutes (or if you need oven, let it rest on stove for a few minutes to set.)
Of course, you can add many things, vegetables, mushrooms, cottage cheese...but my hubby and kids prefer it this way.
Enjoy....see isn't that easy!