Recipe by Khandi Howard
This is the best lasagna that I've eaten. Way better than what you can get in a restaurant. This recipe is to use the sauce "Khandi's Spaghetti Sauce". It makes gallons, or you can size down the recipe to make less. But the sauce is the basis - it must be meaty and spicey to get the full effect. I buy those plastic 8 inch square pans to make these in, and then freeze. You can cook these from frozen, or thaw overnight to decrease cooking time. I've also made this up in 2 of those huge aluminum roasting pans with handles. It fed about 30 people each and had to cook about 2-2 1/2 hours. The basis for this lasagna is the sauce. Depending on how much you want to make is how much cheese mixture to mix up. I usually do this from feel, so amounts are approximate. One recipe of sauce makes about 8 small lasagnas, 4-5 larger (8X13") lasagnas, or 2 giant roasting pan size lasagnas depending on layering. (Directions for 1 lasagna at bottom.)
Top Review by Little Bee
This was the best lasagna I have made yet! Although I used my own sauce (which was pretty similar) I loved the technique of layering the noodles then cheese, then noodles then sauce, then noodles and cheese etc. I used to just layer noodles, cheese, sauce then noodles. This way keeps the layers seperate and helps to define the different tastes. I only used 3 eggs however and just more cheese.
- 4 lbs mozzarella cheese
- 3 lbs ricotta cheese (for small curd cottage cheese)
- 2 lbs parmesan cheese
- 5 eggs, beaten
- italian seasoning
- khandi spaghetti sauce
- 1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles, cooked (1-2 pkg)
Directions See How It's Made
- Mix up cheeses reserving about 4 cups to top lasagna.
- Add eggs and Italian seasoning.
- I do this with in two batches.
- Now you are ready to assemble lasagna.
- Pour small amount of sauce in bottom of pan – just enough to cover.
- Layer noodles over sauce.
- Spoon cheese mixture as evenly as you can over noodles and smooth with spoon.
- Layer noodles over cheese – then pour on sauce to cover.
- Repeat with noodles, cheese, noodles, sauce again and then top with cheese.
- Then: I cover loosely with foil to prevent cheese from over browning.
- Bake in 350°F oven until bubbly, removing foil for last 20 minutes or so.
- Or prepare for freezing by cooling, covering with saran wrap then freezer lid.
- Place in freezer.
- Cook the same. Expect the frozen lasagnas to take about 1 1/2 hours to cook if in a small pan.
- ***I always cook my noodles, I prefer the texture of precooked noodles and though it is not necessary I think that uncooked noodles have a slimy texture in the lasagna.
- You can cook less at a time.
- For one 8X13 in lasagna I’d start with about 1 lbs of mozzarella, ½ pound of Parmesan, and one container (1 lb) of ricotta cheese and 1 egg with 1 T of seasoning.
- You’ll probably need about 9 –12 noodles and about 7 – 8 cups of sauce.