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Monday, February 14, 2011


My sister, Debra, began making Lasagna for her husband, Bob, shortly after they had married in 1977 and they always talked about how wonderful it was. She gave me her recipe and I was quite intimidated by it.  I think handling the hot lasagna pasta and organizing the layers scared me as a beginner cook but after making it the first time, the intimidation was gone.  My sister even makes Lasagne for her family for New Year's Day but I am too much of a southern girl with traditions  to not have blackeye peas and turnips!  I can sure recommend the Lasagne recipe for Valentine's Day!  Thanks, Sister, for a delicious Lasagna recipe.


2 lb. ground chuck                                                        1 medium onion, chopped
(1) 2 lb. 13 oz. Ragu Traditional Sauce                       1 box Lasagna pasta
1/2 cup water                                                                1 1b. Ricotta Cheese
1 tsp. salt                                                                      (1) 13 oz. Mozzarella Cheese
1 tsp. sugar                                                                   Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. oregano

Brown ground chuck with chopped onion.  Drain meat.  Add all of the above, except for pasta and cheeses.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  Cook lasagna pasta according to box directions.  Drain pasta in a colander and allow to slightly cool.  Put enough meat sauce to cover the bottom of a large casserole dish.  Next, lay 3 strips of pasta and then another layer of meat sauce.  Next add each of your 3 cheeses.  I sprinkle a layer of Mozzarella Cheese, spoon a 1/2 Tbsp. of Ricotta Cheese for every square of Lasagna that I think I will be serving, and sprinkle a layer of Parmesan Cheese.  You will continue this process until you have 3 layers.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  You do not want your top layer of cheese to overcook, so you will need to take a peek at the lasanga before the baking time expires.  Enjoy with Homemade Bread or a Garlic Bread Loaf.

                                                    Happy Valentine's Day!

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