Thursday, September 9, 2010

:: Thursday's Recipe Rodeo ::

This is the place to get some new recipes or maybe even a twist on an old one. Feel free to take any recipe here and try it out. If you want to join in on the Recipe Rodeo, let me know! I would love to try some of your recipes too!

Today's Round Up: Lasagna

I used to be afraid to make lasagna because I always thought it seemed so daunting and involved. I was wrong. Sure, there are lasagna recipes that are hard to follow and take eons to make, but not this one. This is actually the only 'type' of lasagna I have EVER made and it continues to be one of our favorites. It is SO easy, so versatile and very delicious! So, if you have always shrugged off the idea of making lasagna because it seems to time consuming or complicated, shrug no more and try this recipe!

Nini's No-Boil-Noodle Lasagna

* 1 box lasagna noodles (You can use regular or no-bake noodles. I use Trader Joe's Lasagna Noodles)
* 1-2 pounds ground beef
* salt and pepper
* 1 large portobello mushroom, diced
* 1 medium onion, diced
* 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 26 oz. jars marinara sauce (I use Trader Joe's Tomato Basil Marinara)
* 2 teaspoons oregano, optional
* 2 teaspoons dried basil, optional
* 2 Cups low-fat cottage cheese
* 1/4+ Cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon canola oil
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 Cups fresh spinach leaves
* 1/2 pound mozzarella cheese, grated


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large pot brown ground beef. Salt and pepper to add flavor. Add diced portobello mushrooms, diced onions and minced garlic. Saute together with ground beef for 2-3 minutes until onions become translucent. Pour both jars of marinara sauce (or your own homemade sauce if you are so inclined) into beef mixture. Add basil and oregano (or any other spices you choose). Simmer for 20 minutes.

In medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, salt and oil together.

Spray 9 x 13 pan. Begin layering by using 1/3 of sauce on the bottom of the pan. Place DRY noodles on top of sauce. Layer another 1/3 of sauce over dry noodles. Place another layer of dry noodles over sauce. Next, layer cottage cheese mixture over dry noodles. Place fresh spinach leaves over cottage cheese mixture (I sometimes use sliced zucchini or squash in place of spinach). Place last layer of dry noodles over spinach and use final 1/3 of sauce to cover the dry noodles. Finally, top evenly with grated mozzarella cheese.

Bake covered for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Enjoy!If you want to join in on your own blog, simply link back to this blog and mention that you are partaking in Thursday's Recipe Rodeo. If you don't have a blog and want to share a recipe with us - leave it in the comments!Click here for a printable version of Nini's No Boil Noodle Lasagna

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

This sounds delicious, Nini! I especially like the no-boil simple!

You always make such wonderful meals for your family. I'm impressed.