Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Mama's Homemade Lasagna

When I think about my mom's home cooking a few of my favorites come to mind and this lasagna recipe is one of them! I HEART this lasagna so much that I never ever ever order lasagna at a restaurant because it never comes close to my mom's!

If you look at most other lasagna recipes, they call for ricotta cheese and my mom uses cottage cheese which I think that is what makes this one so different and taste so good.

My mom is one of those cooks that doesn't measure anything when she cooks so it was so hard to get her to write down her lasagna recipe. I tweaked a couple of things and I've got it right!

1 1/2- 2lbs ground beef
2 small cans tomato paste (and water in cans)
1 tbsp oregano
garlic salt to taste
chopped garlic clove (optional)
1 can of sliced tomatoes
1 box lasagna noodles
2 large cottage cheese (small curd)
2 large pkg shredded mozzarella cheese


Boil water in large pot -- cook lasagna noodles
Brown ground beef, mix together tomato paste, oregano, garlic salt, sliced tomatoes
Let simmer together.

Mix a little oregano in the cottage cheese (optional)

In deep rectangle pan, layer noodles, pour sauce over noodles, next layer is cottage cheese, last layer mozzarella cheese. Layer again.
Cottage cheese
Mozzarella cheese
Bake at 425 (unless it's glass dish, bake at 350), until top begins to brown, about 40 minutes.

This is one of those recipes that taste phenomenal warmed up as leftovers. I think my husband could eat on this for weeks. Oh and my kids--they gobbled it up! YUM!

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