Disclaimer: I received a package containing three degrees of maturity of Mahon-Menorca Cheese for free for participating in the Mahon-Menorca Cheese Holiday Blogger Recipe Challenge. All opinions are my own.
The use of the Mahon-Menorca hard cured cheese in this cheese lasagna recipe made a real difference in taste!
Why Mahon-Menora Cheese Makes A Difference In This Cheese Lasagna Recipe
The Mahon-Menorca cheese gave the lasagna a creamier texture and added a very distinct buttery sharp, yet sweet taste to the recipe.
Combined with the homemade sauce, the overall taste of the lasagna was definitely sweeter than a normal tomato based lasagna sauce.
The combination of the grass fed hamburger and bacon definitely makes this recipe ideal for meat lovers!
However, for those of you who prefer a meatless lasagna, it is ok to omit the meat and simply add the seasonings to the sauce.
Here is my Mahon-Menorca Cheese Lasagna Recipe.Print
Mahon-Menorca Cheese Lasagna Recipe
- Prep Time: 40 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Stovetop + Oven
- 13.25 ounce whole wheat lasagna noodles
- 1 pound 92% lean grass fed hamburger
- 29 ounce tomato sauce
- 12 ounce tomato paste
- 1 3/4 pounds Mahon-Menorca Hard Cured Cheese, shredded
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons parsley
- 2 Tablespoons bacon bits
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Black Sea Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 4 basil ice cubes (or plain basil)
- Chili infused olive oil
- Shred the Mahon-Menorca Cheese.
- Brown the hamburger over medium heat, but do not drain it.
- Add the Worcestershire sauce , parsley, bacon bits, sugar, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, Black Sea salt and chili powder to the hamburger and mix well.
- Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until everything is well mixed.
- Add 1/2 cup shredded cheese and cook, without stirring until the cheese is melted.
- Stir the mixture.
- Add the tomato paste and stir to combine.
- Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the tomato sauce.
- Stir to combine.
- Turn the heat down and simmer the sauce until the lasagna noodles are done.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add water, basil ice cubes (or plain basil if you do not have basil ice cubes) and a drizzle of the chili infused olive oil to a large pan.
- Bring this to a boil.
- Add the whole wheat pasta and cook according to the package directions.
- Drain the pasta and put it back in the pan.
- Fill the pan with cold water to stop the pasta from cooking.
- Drain the pasta a second time and then rinse it off with cold water.
- Place the colander on top of the pan so the lasagna can continue to drain while you are preparing the lasagna.
- Place a thin layer of the sauce in the bottom of the pan you are going to bake the lasagna in.
- Place a single layer of the lasagna noodles on top of the sauce.
- Add another layer of the sauce to the top of the noodles.
- Add a generous layer of the Mahon-Menorca Cheese to the top of the sauce.
- Continue layering the lasagna by following steps 19 to 21 until you run out of pasta .
- Top the last layer of pasta with sauce and cheese.
- Cover the lasagna with either aluminum foil or a lid if the pan you are using has a lid.
- Place the lasagna in the preheated oven and bake covered for 30 minutes.
- Remove the lid and bake for another 10 minutes.
- Remove the lasagna from the oven and allow it to cool for 15 minutes.
- Cut and serve.
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Final Thoughts On This Mahon-Menorca Cheese Lasagna Recipe
This cheese lasagna recipe was really filling and easy to make.
A small salad along with a few garlic breadsticks make the perfect side dishes.
Be sure to refrigerate any leftovers as this recipe is easy to reheat in the microwave making it ideal for a quick, hot lunch.
The major differences I noticed in the Mahon-Menorca hard cured cheese was it was not crumbly, it did not have a strong smell in comparison the to varieties of semi-cured cheese I received and it did not have any mold on it, which did not surprise me since it was fully cured.
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