Michelle’s Lasagna – this is now a favourite in our house!

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 med onion diced
  • 1 – 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 2 lbs ground meat (I use a mixture of ground turkey and Spolumbo’s Italian sausage (1 lb each)
  • Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Thyme
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Bay leaf (remove from sauce before adding to lasagna pan)
  • Mushrooms
  • 1 – 2 bell peppers chopped
  • 2 jars Pasta Sauce (Our favourite is Pasta Del Pellegrino (local)
  • 1 796 ml can of stewed tomatoes including juice
  • 1-2 TBSP balsamic vinegar (On Tap’s Traditional Balsamic Vinegar – located in Airdrie & Okotoks) or you could also use a little sugar (or none at all if you prefer)

Filling Ingredients:

  • 500 ml of cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Cian’s Mustard (I used Hot though Medium is a nice choice too)

Layer Ingredients:

  • Noodle layers: Measure pan for the number of noodles needed, 2 or 3 layers (your choice)
  • Top layer: Shredded Cheese: Mozzarella, combination of Italian cheeses….your flavour and amount choice

Prep Directions:

Sauce
  1. Brown ground meat with onion (I cook the turkey and sausage separately)
  2. Place cooked meat in a large pot, adding garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Black Pepper, Bay Leaf, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, both jars of pasta sauce, stewed tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar
Filling
  1. Mix cottage cheese, egg, parmesan cheese and Cian’s Mustard; set aside
Noodles
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions for Al Dente pasta as they will continue to cook once layered in pan; drain and let cool
Pan Layers
  1. Put a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan and a single layer of lasagna noodles on top
  2. Add 1/2 cottage cheese mixture and spread all over the noodles
  3. Add tomato sauce mixture
  4. Layer of lasagna noodles
  5. Add remaining cottage cheese mixture, spreading all over noodles
  6. Add tomato sauce mixture
  7. IF desired add another layer of noodles

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cover pan with foil, baking for 1 hr (longer if making a pan larger than 9×13)  Tip: place cookie sheet under the pan to catch any dribbles of sauce
  3. Remove foil and add shredded cheese
  4. Continue to cook uncovered until cheese is melted and toasty brown 🙂
  5. Let sit for 10 – 15 minutes before slicing, if you can…..