For years, I’ve tried various recipes with disastrous results.  It wasn’t until after watching, on the Food Network, Giada de Laurentiis make manicotti  that I was able to conquer my favorite dish.

Ingredients (for 8 x 8 in. baking dish)

  • 1/2 pound ground beef/Italian sausage (may also use diced pepperoni)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 6 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce (w/ italian herbs)

Preheat oven to 375F.

Brown ground beef or sausage; let cool. (Pepperoni does not need to be cooked.)

Scramble large egg in mixing bowl.  Add ricotta cheese and blend well.  Add parmesan, 1/2 cup of mozzarella and meat to bowl. Blend well.

Spread a small amount of sauce in bottom of baking dish to cover.  Place two noodles side-by-side in dish.  Spread half of meat and cheese mixture over noodles; cover with sauce.  Repeat for next layer. Top with remaining noodles, sauce and mozzarella.

Cover with foil and bake for 50-60 minutes.  Let rest 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Serves 2-4.

For 9 x 11 in dish, double the recipe.

For vegetarians, substitute chopped spinach or chopped broccoli for meat.


About Julirose

Amateur word arranger, avid number cruncher, and science fiction and fantasy enthusiast.
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One Response to Lasagna

  1. I love Lasagna. My Mum makes the best lasagna but my friend Loren, her Mum makes the best Spag Bol – I’m not quite sure why there would be such a difference seeing as my mum uses the same meat sauce-ness in both.


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