Thursday, April 12, 2007

Lasagna (basic meat)


Oh. When I knew I couldn't eat gluten again, I was worried about pasta. I am Italian American, and I had read about Tinkyada pasta (Buy it. Use it. Everyone is SO right about this.), but I was worried my taste buds would know the difference. So I waited. I haven't had pasta in over 7 months, and thought it was time.

I wanted to call everyone I knew and scream that I was eating lasagna. I couldn't believe it; it was so good. I make my own sauce, but do whatever makes you happy in that regard.

I didn't have many veggies on hand, so I didn't include any, and had them on the side. Of course you can add spinach or whatever; this is just a basic meat lasagna. If you want to go vegetarian ( sometime I will do my own here), check out Gluten Free Goddess's one she made yesterday, here.

Lasagna

1 package Tinkyada lasagna noodles
1 8 oz. package shredded mozzarella cheese

1 1lb. container ricotta cheese
1/2 lb ground pork

1/2 onion chopped
1/2 cup grated Pecorin Romano or Parmesan cheese
granulated garlic

parsley (if you have, I didn't)
tomato sauce, homemade or whatever; err on the side of having extra, I would guess at least 50 oz.

In skillet, add olive oil and warm. Add chopped onion, saute until a bit translucent. Add ground pork, cook until browned, drain off fat, add some spices to taste..salt, pepper, oregano, fennel, etc..cool.

Put ricotta cheese in bowl. Add cooled pork, parsley if you have it, grated cheese, 1/4 of the shredded mozzarella package, some granulated garlic and pepper (if you like spicy add red
pepper) to taste, mix.

Add a little water to your pasta sauce, since I did not cook the noodles beforehand, this way they can get the extra liquid they need to soften. I would guess about 1/4 cup to a jar of sauce.

Put a some sauce on bottom of pan. Layer uncooked noodles. Put half of pork/cheese mixture on top, spread. Then sprinkle 1/4 of shredded mozzarella package on top. Noodles again, a some sauce, the rest of the mixture, sauce, then noodles, a lot of sauce, last 1/2 package of cheese.

Cover and bake at 350 for 65 minutes. Remove foil, cook 10 minutes more.

5 comments:

Natalie said...

My toddler's favorite food is lasagna. He eats an adult portion! I try and hide as many grated veggies in there as possible. I am still working on my homemade sauce. I don't like the store-bought kind because of the sodium content.

Slacker Mom said...

I know, I def. needed to add some veggies, but my pantry was literally almost bare, at least as far as veggies go.

I am all stocked up now.

You should make a lasagna or two before you have your baby, and throw it in the freezer.

Wish I could send you one after your baby is born!

kbabe1968 said...

AND you loved it. Tinkyada should be nominated for some kind of prize, I think!!!

I have another lasagna recipe for you to try...it has sort of a mexican flair to it...it's a favorite in our house. :D It should be on my blog... :D

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