Recipe by LorenLou
My modifications on an old classic - easy to put together, and yummy comfort food! Please note the title - beware: less is not more here :)
Top Review by Jeremy S.
I loved this, though I changed some things. I didn't have seasonings other than garlic, so I skipped those. I also didn't have eggs, so those were out. But I did have the rest. :D I love cheese so I used a lot of mozzarella. I also just chopped up Italian sausage from the store. For the top I put the sauce, a half the cheese mixture ( I only put half on the bottom), a layer of mozz. cheese and then the parmesan. It turned out great.
- 2 lbs lean ground beef (can use half ground pork)
- 3 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (light is fine)
- 1 (16 ounce) carton ricotta cheese (fat-free is fine)
- 2 eggs or 2 egg substitute
- 12 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 12 oven-ready lasagna noodles
Directions See How It's Made
- In a dutch oven or very large skillet, brown the meat. Add the onion powder and garlic and cook a couple of minutes more.
- Stir in the tomato sauce, paste, water and seasonings.
- Cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.
- With mixer or food processor, mix the cream cheese, ricotta and eggs.
- Preheat oven to 350, and spray a large lasagna pan (11x15) with cooking spray.
- Layer half the noodles in the bottom of the pan, breaking the noodles as needed.
- Add half of the meat sauce, and spread evenly over the noodles.
- Gently spread the cream cheese/ricotta mixture evenly over the sauce.
- Lay the sliced Mozzarella on top of the cream cheese layer, covering completely.
- Lay the remaining lasagna noodles on top of this.
- Top with remaining meat sauce.
- Sprinkle the Parmesan over the entire casserole.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Cool 15 minutes before cutting.
- NOTE: You could divide this into two smaller casseroles and freeze one.