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I smile when people tell me how much of a chore lasagna is to make, especially when they compliment me on this recipe. I have been making this for years also. I think the recipe came from a Martha Gooch lasagna noodle box. I usually use the cheapest store brand noodles with great results. I've learned that the more "goodies" you add to the sauce (garlic, sausage, hamburger, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, capers, etc.), the sauce thickens and the results may burn. Be sure to add enough sauce to make it slightly saucy. Otherwise this is always a successful recipe. The noodles really cook without added water. Try it once and you'll be hooked. Okay, one more warning...I baked this in my mom's oven and her gauge didn't work right making it a higher temp. Check within the first 30 min. if you suspect your temp. may be higher to prevent drying out and burning.
My husband and 8 year old son went camping with the cub scouts this weekend. They came home hungry and very very tired (and sunburned and we found one tick!). When I asked my son what he wanted for dinner and started talking about what was available he said "Lasagna. Plain lasagna. No vegetables. No meat. Just cheese." So that's what I looked for! LOL Under normal circumstances I would have added mushrooms, maybe some shredded carrot, etc. But he wanted "PLAIN" so we went with it. And you know what? It was delicious. This took almost no time to put together and smelled lovely. We also had a loaf of italian bread and salad and this was a nice easy dinner. Thanks so much! (Next time I'll add the veggies, though!)