Monday, December 28, 2015

Cooking Lasagna

We cooked lasagna from scratch the other day. Katie helped out, and it took about an hour with all three of us making various things.

1. Noodles. Like yesterday's recipe, my recipe unhelpfully left out the noodle cooking part. So I just followed the instructions on the lasagna noodle box to cook them. The recipe calls for 7-9 noodles, but we really only needed 6. That could just be because of the pan we used, which is rectangular, not square.

2. Meat sauce! A pound of ground beef and a half pound of sausage. I used elk sausage, since it's been sitting in our fridge for months, and we're never gonna use it because we have no elk sausage recipes. Katie says it tastes like hot dogs. Anyway, you cook all the meat and drain it. Then mix with 16oz can of tomatoes, a 6oz can of tomato past, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and a clove of garlic. It took a really long time to get the garlic done, but it tasted awesome. You microwave the mixture for 7-11 minutes until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.

3. Cheese sauce! The cheese is 8 oz ricotta, or 1 cup of cottage cheese. Mix it with an egg, 1/4 cup grated Paremsean, 1 tsp parsley, 1/2 tsp oregano, and 1/4 tsp basil. Do this last, because you can easily do it while the sauce is cooking for 7 minutes.

When you're done, you layer everything in a pan. A layer of noodles on the bottom, then a layer of meat sauce, then a layer of cheese sauce, then a layer of shredded mozzarella. Repeat this, and you should have three layers of everything. We kind of messed up and forgot to include the mozzarella in the layering process, so we just dumped it all on top, as the final layer.

You cook it in the microwave at 70%, for 12 to 18 minutes, until the sauce bubbles. I don't know how to convert that into oven, so I again went to the lasagna noodle box. It says 425 for 30 minutes. I'd recommend 25, since it was slightly overcooked, but it was still good! Great recipe, 6 servings of food, and it was a nice family night activity.


Katie said...

Great! Sounds yummy!

LGelevator said...

Never had elk sausage. Sounds tasty.