Lasagna

Lasagna

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This week, when I went to the Great Basin Community Food Co-op, Mewaldt Organics had just dropped off gorgeous bunches of basil.  I knew I was going to be able to make multiple dishes with it, and still have some left to freeze.  I will give freezing instructions in another blog since we are making lasagna right now.  This lasagna is simple if you have already made Matty G’s Marinara sauce.  I make it with 2 parts sausage and 1 part ground beef.  The sausage makes this dish.  It adds incredible flavor!!  You are going to really enjoy this lasagna.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Marinara Sauce (see Matty G’s Marinara sauce recipe)
  • 1/lb sausage (we use our own)
  • 1/2/lb ground beef (we use our own)
  • 16oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg (GBCFC, Farmer’s Markets… ours will be laying soon!!)
  • small handful of fresh basil (GBCFC)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • lasagna noodles
  • 8oz grated fresh mozzarella (I am using queso from Sandhill Dairy)

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Instructions:

Heat water in a stock pot, and add lasagna noodles.

When they are soft, but still have a little bite, take them out of the water and set them aside.

Brown the sausage and ground beef together and drain, then add 3 cups of marinara sauce and heat together for about 3 minutes.  Side Note:  We have amazing pork sausage.  It really sends this lasagna over the top by adding incredible flavor… we should have some more available late Fall.

In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg, chopped basil, and salt.

Now you can start layering.  In a baking dish, place a layer of lasagna noodles on the bottom,  Then spread a layer of the ricotta mixture… look at those gorgeous chunks of fresh basil.

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Next, spread a layer of the meat mixture.  It is already looking so yummy!!

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Place another layer of noodles and repeat with the ricotta and meat mixture.  Add one more layer of noddles and top with mozzarella.  I am using a fresh queso cheese from Sandhill Dairy because they do not make a mozzarella.  It is different, but really good.  It crumbles very easily with a fork.

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Cover with foil, and bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.  You can take the foil off and bake another 10 minutes if you want the cheese to brown a little.  You are going to love this!!

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*You can also cover, refrigerate, and cook later in the week if you want.

**It is also a great dish to take a friend in need.  My baby sister just had a baby, and we took her a pasta dish with Matty G’s sauce.  She was so thankful.  Side Note:  This baby has stolen my heart… she is a little button!!