Our World Famous Lasagna Recipe
Well, O.K. it's not exactly World Famous, but we did get an international e-mail from someone who said they tried it.
Brown One pound ground beef or chuck with one clove of garlic minced or pressed. After browning, drain off fat.
Add Two 6-oz. cans of tomato paste; One 16-oz. can of tomato sauce; One tsp. parsley flakes; One tsp. basil; 1/2 tsp. salt; 1/2 tsp. anise seed crushed. Simmer until sauce is thick, about 30 min.
In a medium size bowl beat two eggs. Add One carton (16-oz) small curd cottage cheese, 1/2 tsp. pepper, Two tsp. parsley flakes, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese. Set aside.
Boil Ten oz. (ten strips to be safe) Lasagna noodles as per package. Rinse in cold water. Place half the noodles in a 13 X 9 X 2 baking pan. Spread half the cottage cheese mixture, half the Mozzarella Cheese, half the meat sauce.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 min. Let cool 5 min. before cutting.
Serve with a tossed salad with fresh spinach, crusty sourdough bread and your favorite dry red wine.
A couple of suggestions on the Wine:
An Australian blend of Cabernet, Shiraz and Malbec grapes, give it a very full, mellow flavor.
Napa Valley Grignolino
A lighter bodied red wine you can serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.
Both around US$7.00 - $8.00 a bottle (750ml)
or 5 pieces of chopped sundried tomatoes could add some zest to this dish."
--- Dennis Quinn
a family favorite in our lasagna - sliced ripe olives. Maybe not traditional, but we like
olives in almost anything."
--- Bob T.
"Instead of meat, you could use
spinach mixed with either cottage cheese or ricotta, along with a bit of nutmeg."
"A little something to cut the
acid from all of the tomatoes, especially the paste, is to add about a quarter to half of
a teaspoon of baking soda to the sauce while cooking. Helps mellow the tomato taste and it
makes a difference when you over-indulge."
"Just a tip from your favorite
italian: Try substituting sweet italian sausage (boiled and thinly sliced before adding to
sauce) or cooked chicken breast ( hand shredded ). For an especially zesty
version (I've served this at parties in small squares) layer with sliced
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March 10, 2002
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