Monday, April 21, 2008

Grandma's Beef Lasagna

2 lbs. ground beef
1 lb. ground turkey
1 med or large onion (chopped)

1 shallot (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Combine the above ingredients in a large sauce pan. Brown meet until no longer pink. Drain fat/grease.

(1)25.5 oz jar Marinara sauce
(1) 15 oz can tomato sauce
(2) 15 oz can diced tomatoes (Italian or fire roasted preferably)
1/4 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp dried basil
1/4 cup Splenda

2 tsp salt

Add above ingredients to meat. Let simmer for 10 minutes.

(1) 24 oz fat-free cottage cheese
(1) 15 oz fat-free ricotta cheese
2 Tbsp parsley
1 Tbsp salt**
1 lb. mozzarella cheese ( grated or get a block and grate yourself) (Save 1/2 for topping)
1 cup Parmesan cheese

In a bowl, combine the above ingredients, set aside.
**Use less salt if desired

(1) 1 lb. (pkg) whole wheat lasagna noodles

Boil water with a little bit of Olive Oil and place noodles in water. Boil for 10 minutes then pick up with tongs (carefully without breaking) and put in cold water. (When bringing out of cold water, slide fingers down sides to get off excess water on noodle).

Use a 9x12 pan or roasting pan. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Layer in order : lasagna noodles, meat sauce mixture, cheese mixture. Repeat these layers until all is gone. (Save 2 cups of meat sauce mixture for the very top and then sprinkle mozzarella cheese).

Bake at 350* for 45 minutes.
(It just needs to heat through and melt all cheeses). It might be a little runny, but it will set up, no need to wait for's good to eat right out of the oven! =)

I have altered this recipe a bit to make it a little more convenient and healthy friendly...still tastes like Grandma Tippett's though!! Thanks Grandma! =)

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