Tuesday, October 5, 2010
La-zag-na has been around for quite sometime, but proves to be a tasty treat whenever it is consumed. I am sure it is delicious everywhere, but I confess that I have never ordered it at a restaurant because I compare all lasagna to this recipe. It is cheesy, gooey, and just darn yummy! You too might have a family recipe floating around that raises the bar for all others. Here is mine!
lasagna noodles ( I used whole wheat, about 16 noodles cooked as directed)
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 can evaporated milk
1/4 cup whole milk
5 oz. can Parmesan cheese
4 Tbs. butter
3 Tbs. flour
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 can tomato paste
1 large can diced tomatoes
4 bay leaf
1 pkg Lowery's spaghetti sauce (I know I cheated, you could always use your favorite spaghetti sauce)
Directions for Meat sauce:
Cook onions and garlic with ground beef. Add Italian seasonings to taste once hamburger is browned. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, Lowery's seasoning, bay leaf, and salt and pepper.
Melt butter, add flour and stir. Add evaporated milk and whole milk while stirring constantly. Sauce should thicken as it boils. This is to create a basic white sauce. Add Parmesan cheese. I use a lot for a really cheesy flavor.
Layer noodles first, then meat sauce, followed by cheese sauce. Continue for about 3 layers. Top with remaining meat sauce, and then cheese sauce. Bake at 350 degrees until heated through. I like my sauce to be boiling. Serve and enjoy!