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What’s For Dinner? Lasagna!

Beef Lasagna

It’s spring break here, but we are still wondering where spring actually is.  At the present moment it looks like a blizzard outside.  Oh well.  This weather inspires me to make comfort food. Warm up yer insides food!

So tonite, we are having this no fail, super yummi-licious lasagna! Silence at the table when eating kind of lasagna.  And that’s no small feat with an 8 year old, a 7 year old and an 18 month old! 

Beef Lasagna

My lasagna last night was a bit runny!  I hate that, but no one else here seemed to mind! I think I had too much liquid from the tomatoes…who knows!  I can never seem to make those perfectly stacked and lined up lasagnas that look fabulous in pictures!






The Meat Sauce

  • 12 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 114 oz can tomato sauce (plain, no spices)
  • 119 oz can diced tomatoes (plain, no spices)
  • 15.5 oz can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • salt & pepper

The Lasagna

  • 8 whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups grated cheese (mozzarella, or a 4 cheese blend is super yummy!)
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese


Making the meat sauce:

  1. Brown beef with onions and garlic. Drain.
  2. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, wine, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, oregano, basil and salt & pepper.
  3. Simmer for about 1 hour, covered.

Putting together the lasagna:

  1. At this point you can do either of 2 things: Make one big lasagna in a 9×13 dish, or make 2 lasagnas in 8×8 dishes. I find that for our family of 5, the 8×8 is the best. We get left with a small amount of leftovers, and another meal in the freezer!
  2. So then, layer the ingredients as follows: (this is for the 9×13, so adjust for the 8×8) 1/2 Meat sauce, 1/2 Noodles, 1/2 Ricotta Cheese, 1/2 Grated Cheese, 1/2 Meat Sauce, 1/2 Noodles, 1/2 Grated Cheese, Parmesan Cheese
  3. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45-60 minutes
  4. Let sit for 10 minutes, then serve!

Eat up!

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    March 29, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    Yum! It’s one of our favorites 🙂 It so easy to sneak extra veggies in there!!

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    March 29, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    I know how good your lasagna is! my mouth is watering! I am LOVING that lasagna noodle photo!!

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    Lindsey Stipes
    March 29, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    new follower here and that lasagna looks amazing…yummy!!

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    March 31, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    Jo-Anna, Lasagna is one of my favorite foods. I want to try your recipe – sounds awesome!
    Blessings, Beth

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    Miz Helen
    March 31, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Hi Jo Anna,
    That is an awesome photo of the Lasagna Noodles. Your recipe looks very good, I like the addition of brown sugar, I will have to try that. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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    Lark (SparkyLarky)
    March 31, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Hi, I just found your cute blog! 🙂

    And I wanted to invite you to join in on a WEEKLY RECIPE LINK PARTY over on my blog.

    “Made it on Monday” is open for link up’s
    Wed.-Sat. I hope you will link up & join in on the fun 🙂

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    April 2, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    Mouth watering lasagna! You’re making me hungry! 🙂

    I’m hosting a wonderful tea sampler GIVEAWAY! Come check it out when you have time.


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