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Best Simple Lasagna Recipe

Baked lasagna in a 13 x 9 glass pan.
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Ingredients

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  • 1/4 pound hamburger
  • 1 quart tomato sauce pre-seasoned with basil and Italian herbs
  • 1 box lasagna noodles
  • 8 ounces Italian Cheese
  • 8 ounces Mexican Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon bacon grease or a handful of bacon bits
  • 1 Tablespoon basil
  • 1 Tablespoon rosemary (affiliate link)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (affiliate link)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 small red chili pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic scapes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Brown the hamburger in your skillet. I like using a cast iron skillet (affiliate link).
  3. When the hamburger is brown with no more pink showing, it is time to drain it.
  4. Dump the hamburger into a strainer positioned in the kitchen sink. Using hot water, wash the hamburger to remove the excess grease. Rinse the skillet out. Be sure you use hot water to do this.
  5. Return the meat to the pan, remove the strainer from that side of the sink, squirt a bit of dishwasher detergent into the sink, then use hot water to rinse the sink again and wash the detergent down the drain. This will help stop the grease from causing a clog in your drain.
  6. Put the pan filled with meat back on the stove. Add bacon bits or bacon grease. Do not add more than a tablespoon of bacon grease, less is better. If you are using crumbled bacon or bacon bits, add a generous handful.
  7. Have the sauce you are using and the spices assembled on the stove.
  8. Put the fresh garlic scapes into a food grinder and grind them up, then add them to the meat. I preserved my fresh garlic scapes in sea salt (affiliate link), so there will not be a need to add additional salt to the sauce when I make it.
  9. Add two whole garlic cloves (affiliate link), a tablespoon of basil, one small red chili pepper, a tablespoon of rosemary (affiliate link), a teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper (affiliate link) and a teasopoon of chili powder. The homemade sauce I used was pre-seasoned with basil and Italian herbs.
  10. Once all the seasonings have been added to the meat and stirred in, add the sauce. Mix well.
  11. Lower the heat to a low or warm setting. Keep the sauce warm for about ten minutes and allow the flavors to mix.
  12. Once the sauce is warm, add some fresh grated parmesan cheese to the sauce. Mix well. The amount of cheese you add will vary depending on how thin your sauce is. You want to add just enough to make the sauce thick. Generally I add about a cup of cheese.
  13. Once the sauce is done, keep it warm while you boil the water for your lasagna.
  14. Add a pinch of salt along with a drop of olive oil to the lasagna water. The olive oil will keep the pasta (affiliate link) from sticking.
  15. Once the water comes to a boil, lay the pasta (affiliate link) in the pan. It will stick out of the pan at first. This is ok. Allow the pasta (affiliate link) to sit like this for a minute or so, then gently push it down into the water.
  16. Once the pasta (affiliate link) is completely submerged in the water, cook it according to package directions. This generally takes somewhere between ten and twelve minutes, but can vary so do read the directions on your box of lasagna.
  17. When the lasagna is fully cooked, drain it into a stainer positioned in the kitchen sink. If you have a sprayer, turn on the cold water and hose the pasta (affiliate link) off, if not run cold water over it from the kitchen tap.
  18. Dump the pasta (affiliate link) back into the pan and fill with cold water. This will stop the pasta (affiliate link) from continuing to cook.
  19. Strain the pasta (affiliate link) a second time but this time simply sit the strainer with the pasta (affiliate link) back in the pan.
  20. Take the pan back to the stove.
  21. Lightly grease the bottom of the baking dish with olive oil.
  22. Put one layer of pasta (affiliate link) on the bottom of the baking dish.
  23. Add a bit of sauce to the first layer of pasta (affiliate link). Be aware the sauce will thin during cooking, so do not fret that is does not evenly cover the pasta (affiliate link).
  24. Add a layer of cheese on top of the pasta (affiliate link). I usually make the layer about 1/8 inch thick.
  25. Continue layering the lasagna, the sauce and the cheese. If you are using a variety of cheese like I do, feel free to alternate them or mix them, whichever you prefer.
  26. Put some sauce on the top layer, homemade goat cheese (if you have it) and a sprinkling of the other cheeses you chose.
  27. Cover the pan with aluminum foil making sure it is sealed tight around the edges.
  28. Put the pan in the oven and cook it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.

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