Thursday, February 25, 2010

mid-week cooking : world's best lasagna

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this is a recipe i found a little while ago... i just love making it for Dan and I.... I think personally it is the world best lasagna....

Prep time: 30 minutes
cook time: 2 hours 30 mins
ready in: 3 hours 15 mins
servings: 12

455g sweet Italian sausage
340g mince meat
80g minced onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 can crushed tomatoes
2 cans tomato paste
364g canned tomato puree
120ml water
25g white sugar
1g dried basil leaves
1 g fennel seeds
2g Italian seasoning
20g salt
0.5g ground black pepper
15g chopped fresh parsley
112 lasagna sheets
455g ricotta cheese
1 egg
3g salt
340g mozzarella cheese, sliced
60g grated Parmesan cheese


1. cook sausage, ground beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until well browned. stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato puree and water. season with sugar, basil,, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons parsley. simmer, covered for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally

2. combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley and 1/2 teaspoons salt

3. preheat oven to 375 degrees F or 190 degrees C

4. to assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9 X 3 inch baking dish. arrange pasta sheet lenghtwise over meat sauce. spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. spoon 1 1/2 Cups meat sauce over mozzarella and sprinkle with 1/4 cups Parmesan cheese. repeat layers and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.

5. bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. remove foil and bake an additional 24 minutes. cool for 15 minutes before serving.

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