Thursday, February 21, 2013

Incredible Lasagna


               When I was growing up we had Italian food every Wednesday night. It was
         something I looked forward to a lot. I'am a self proclaimed carb addict. The more I
                       try to stay away from the starchy goodness - the more I want.

                  This lasagna is by far the best I have ever had. You're are going to like this..
                                                         Like - Love at first bite

                                                         Incredible Lasagna

                       1 pound ground beef
                       1 pound sweet Italian sausage. ( Casings removed )
                       1 onion, chopped
                       4 garlic cloves, minced
                       1 (28 oz ) can crushed tomatoes
                       1 ( 15 oz ) can tomato sauce
                       2  ( 6 ounce )can tomato paste
                       1/2 cup water
                       1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
                       2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
                       1/2 teaspoon onion powder ( optional )
                       1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds
                       2 teaspoons sugar
                       1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
                       1/2 teaspoon salt
                       1/2 teaspoon pepper
                       1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
                       5 tablespoons fresh parsley
                       12 lasagna noodles
                       16 oz whipped cream cheese
                       1 egg
                       1/2 teaspoon salt
                       6 slices provolone
                       1 cup Mozzarella - shredded
                       3/4 cup parmesan

       1) In a Dutch oven cook sausage, beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until
       browned. Stir in tomatoes, paste, sauce and water. Season with sugar, dried basil,
       Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, fennel seeds, garlic powder,
       onion powder and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer
     
       2) Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna for about 10 minutes.
       Drain noodles and rinse with cold water.

       3) In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, egg and remaining parsley & salt.

       4) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

       5) To assemble, spread 2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9 by 13 pan.
       Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread one half of the cream
       cheese mixture. Top with a provolone slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over
       mozzarella and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Repeat layers and top with -
       remaining cheese. Cover loosely with foil . Make sure foil doesn't touch cheese.
   
       6) Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another
       25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes.
                         
                                          Serve with garlic bread and salad.

     

36 comments:

  1. Looks delicious Val!! Lasagna is a favorite over here too!! xo

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  2. That is quite different than I make mine. Looks divine. Will save in my file for next time. Sounds yummilicious!!!!
    xo Kris

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  3. Totally making this! I dont have a good go to lasagna! Yayyy carbs

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  4. I love italian food... one of my faves! Your lasagna looks spectacular... yum!

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  5. I am a carb-addict too :) I'd like to have Italian food regularly and weekly too!

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  6. Ooooh that looks so delicious !

    xo Meg

    http://meghansilva.blogspot.com

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  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE LASAGNA!!! I really shouldn't read your post after lunch. It makes me hungry even though I know I'm not.

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  8. Yum! We are making a skillet lasagna tonight. Love Italian food!!

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  9. lady. i seriously can not wait to make this!! it looks incredible. so does the glass of vino. hope you are having a great day!!

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  10. did you make this?! yum!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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  11. This looks great! I might try it with spicy Italian sausage though, because I don't like one of the flavors in sweet...

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  12. I looooove lasagna, looks delicious!!

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  13. Lasagna is one of my favorite dishes. I rarely make it...Not sure why. hahaha. But---if this is as good as you say it is---I think it's time I start making lasagna again. :)

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  14. Yum! I love a good lasagna recipe!

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  15. Oo this look delish! I love a great lasagna...so I will have to make this soon!

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  16. Looks amazing Val. Just what we need in the cold winter months.

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  17. this does look incredible! pinned!

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  18. This sure does look incredible! :)

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  19. I am totally going to try this one out! My hubs is not a ricotta fan, so I think this version will be perfect! Have a great weekend!

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  20. You had me at "whipped cream cheese!"

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  21. I love that you had Italian every Wednesday growing up! What a wonderful (and delicious) tradition! This lasagna looks absolutely scrumptious. I love how fennel makes lasagna so perfect!

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  22. I could eat pasta everyday, seriously! This looks so good and cheesy!

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  23. Definitely drool worthy pictures.

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  24. Dang you making me hungry at 12pm!! Delish!!

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  25. This recipe came at the perfect time, like seriously I have been craving lasagna. I am drooling yours looks so good. I think this will be made tomorrow night!

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  26. That's how I'm like...if I try to force myself away from the carbs the cravings come back stronger then ever. It's such a love hate relationship! I can't wait to try this...it looks so good!
    xoxo

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  27. i gotta say my italian mama makes the best lasagna, but MAN does this look good and the recipe does too! when will they invent smell-o-vision?

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  28. My #! favorite food! Thank you for making my decision of what to make tomorrow night so easy :)

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  29. Oh yum your lasagna looks divine! I absolutely love lasagna, think I'm going to have to give your recipe a try :)

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  30. I recently got married, and about a month into our married life, my husband was talking about how much he loved his friend's mom's lasagna. So of course I was determined to make a better one, and started my search for the perfect lasagna recipe - this is it! This is the best lasagna I have ever had - and my husband agrees! It is now our "go-to" lasagna recipe - thank you!

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  31. Thanks for sharing this, it's in the oven now and smells so good!

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  32. What size cans of tomato paste?

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  33. I made this tonight and everyone says it is amazing. This is also my first time making lasagna as well.

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  34. SerafineSkye - That is so awesome. I'm so glad everyone enjoyed it.

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  35. made this last night along with homeade bread. It was amazing, everyone loved it, Thanks for the recipe!!!

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