I know you all have lasagna recipes that have been handed down for centuries, from Italian Nanas who spent years perfecting their sauces…..I totally appreciate that. But, I am a Swede. I have maybe 3 recipes from my mother and I doubt they were heirlooms. I did not have a family who labored over beautiful meals to celebrate any of life’s accomplishments. I also know that this is pretty common.
One thing that I perfected a long time ago was lasagna. An easy, crowd pleasing, and filling pan of lasagna! I will admit my version is a tad “trashy”, but I like to live on both sides of the road…I am an enigma, wrapped in a quesadilla, dipped in caramel sauce!!!
I cooked this Lasagna for one of my Bestie’s bachelorette party dinner, as you know, you are required to eat mass quantities of carbohydrates before you drown yourself in Apple-tinis. I just received a request for this recipe, so I thought – what a great time to share it. I do not have a photo of the lasagna, I DO, however, have a photo of us that night……enjoy!
No-Cook Lasagna Noodles (these things are gold)
Jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
Sliced olives – the medium can
Ricotta cheese (one container)
Italian blend cheese ( 2 cups)
1 lb ground turkey, chicken or beef
Preheat oven to 350. Brown the meat. Sauté the onions then add to meat. Add spaghetti sauce and olives – let simmer. In a different bowl, whip the egg slightly, add the cheese & ricotta until well blended. Spray a 9×13 Glass or metal pan. Put a layer of tomato sauce, layer of cheese, then noodles. Sauce, cheese, noodles, and repeat until you finish with a final layer of cheese. You can add extra cheese on the top if you like(I Like). Cover with foil and pop in the oven for 40 minutes, then take the foil off and pop back in for about 10 minutes or until it starts to brown up a bit – not too brown!! Take out and let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Have fun with spices and different types of spaghetti sauces – there are some amazing gourmet sauces out there. I always get awesome reviews on this lasagna! It is even better the next day re-warmed. Happy cooking!