Lasagna is my boyfriend's most requested meal (maybe tied with shrimp and grits). Since he moved to a new apartment recently, I made him a lasagna to enjoy after all the heavy lifting.
I'm not much help with moving but I bring dinner so things even out, right?
This is a recipe I have adapted a few times from a Southern Living recipe. It is not authentic Italian, but that's fine by me.
Also, I made 2 lasagnas at once so the amount of food in my pictures is twice the amount of food I'm telling you to use.
You will need: 1 lb lean ground beef, 1/2 lb mild Italian sausage, 1 package pepperoni (weird I know but so good), 1 small can of tomato paste, 1 can tomato sauce, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1/2 onion, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, 1 cup of cottage cheese, 1/4 cup of sour cream (not pictured), 2 eggs (also not pictured), 1/4 cup of red wine, 6 lasagna noodles, 1 Tbsp dried parsley, 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning, 2 Tbsp fresh basil, 1 beef boulion cube, 2 cups of mozzarella, 1/2 cup of parmesan, and 1 tsp garlic powder.
I know, it's a lot. Also, I'm sorry I forgot to take photos of several ingredients.
In a large skillet, brown 1 lb of ground beef and 1/2 lb of mild Italian sausage.
Crumble the meat.
While the meat is browning, chop up a half of a large onion....
And a half of a red bell pepper.
After the meat is all browned and you've drained the grease, add the onion and pepper to the skillet.
Stir it all up.
Pour in half a cup of red wine and let all the liquid evaporate.
Add in a small can of tomato paste.
Stir it up and coat all of the meat in the tomato paste.
Pour in a can of tomato sauce...
Followed by a can of diced tomatoes.
Add in a tablespoon of dried parsley...
1 Tbsp of Italian seasoning and 1 tsp of garlic powder...
And 1/2 Tbsp dried oregano.
Grab some fresh basil, stack it up...
And give it a rough chop...
And throw it in too.
Now let the sauce simmer while you get the other layers ready.
In a medium bowl, throw in 8 oz of room temperature cream cheese...
1 cup of cottage cheese...
and 1/4 cup of sour cream.
Blend it all together until the cream cheese lumps are as small as the cottage cheese curds.
Now it's time to layer! Spread a small amount of sauce on the bottom of a greased pan. If the sauce seems too thick after simmering, add some water. Or wine. Your choice.
Now lay 3 uncooked noodles on top of the meat sauce.
Now top the noodles with half of the cheese mixture. Then a layer of pepperoni. I forgot to take a photo of this.
Next, layer half of the meat sauce.
And top that with 1 cup of shredded mozzarella.
Repeat the layers.
Now top everything with 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese.
Cover the lasagna with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Mmm... Cheesy. And a huge hit.