Thursday, September 17, 2009

jeannie's lasagna

My mom bought me this nifty book when I was about to leave home for college. It's really neat. It has easy recipes, laundry tips like how to get out stains, and basic first aid information.

One thing I really like about the book is that it has blank pages where you can write in your favorite recipes. And one of my favorite recipes ever is Jeannie's Lasagna.

So here it is folks. THE BEST LASAGNA EVAH. Seriously, this is the best lasagna I've ever tasted. The secret's in the curry. (I've posted this recipe before but never with the photos or clever asides.)


6 lasagna noodles
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 jar spaghetti sauce (original or traditional)
1/2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp oregano or Italian seasoning
8 oz cottage cheese
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Cook lasagna noodles per package directions. Put a little bit of olive oil in the water.
(Barefoot Contessa says this will keep the pasta from sticking. And whatever the BC says, we do.)

3. Chop onion.
- Get out your really big knife so you can do it like they do on The Food Network. Attempt chopping.

- Put your big knife away for fear of accidentally killing yourself.

- Get out your Quick Chop. Ask forgiveness for trying to be all hoity toity by using your big knife. Remember how much you love your Quick Chop.

- Drop Quick Chop on floor, scattering onion bits everywhere, almost giving your dog a heart attack.

4. Brown hamburger and onion.

5. Add jar of spaghetti sauce, curry powder, and Italian seasoning.
- Wish husband was home to open stupid lid of stupid sauce.

6. Simmer until most of liquid is gone.

7. Layer:
3 noodles, ½ meat sauce, ½ cottage cheese, ½ mozzarella cheese, ½ cheddar cheese.
Repeat layers.

Break to take care of an adorable baby who just woke up from his THREE HOUR NAP very happy.

8. Bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes (the lasagna, not the baby.)
9. Prepare bread:
- Mix crushed red pepper, garlic powder, black pepper, oregano, rosemary, basil, and parsley (about 1/2 TBSP of each)
- Brush 4 to 6 pieces of bread with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
- Sprinkle seasoning on bread
- Bake with lasagna the last 10 to 12 minutes.

10. Be thankful you have a dog who will eat all the cheese and such that has fallen on the floor, because, Heaven Forbid, you actually sweep your floors.



Anonymous said...

So much yumminess in one post...that tasty-looking lasagna and the oh so deliciously cute Jonah! And your plates are so pretty. What brand are they?

Stacey said...

Loving the recipes! You go Jonah with your 3 hour nap! I'm sure Mom enjoyed it today. Keeping you in our prayers!

brightleigh said...

I have this book and I have this recipe and have had this lasagna. :-) Love it, love it! Food Network would be very proud of this post, girl. Love you guys!

Erin said...

and now i'm starving

Sandy said...

You go girl!
And oh Jonah! A 3-hour nap! My, you and your mom must be so-o-o-o HAPPY!

Still Praying!
Sandy in you know where

Anonymous said...

Recipe yummy
3 hr. nappy & Jonah happy
Presintation a 10!
Hope you all have a good night's sleep.
Prayers always,

Anonymous said...

I hope you enjoy posting these recipes as much as I enjoy reading them! I bet baby Jonut is SO refreshed!!

Anonymous said...

You were quite the cook in college! I was proud when I made grilled cheese sandwiches! I'll be adding curry the next time I make lasagne...thanks for the tip!!

Rebekah said...


Helen said...

I just finished my bowl of Brand Flakes while reading your post and now I'm hungry! Definitely going to try your recipe the next few days! Thanks for sharing!!

Jill said...

This is awesome. Don't know what I love more: Jonah's laughing face, the fact that he took a 3 hour nap (sanity time for you), the witty commentary, or the recipe.

I have said it before, but I really think you should look at writing a book. You've got alot to offer compared to some other successful mommy authors.

Anonymous said...

Too funny! My mom also gave me this same book! Jonah is so sweet. Thanks for sharing so much with all of us...loving your family and the recipes! Way to go Jonah...3 hours!!! WOOT!
Wendee in Lewisville

Laura A said...

ooh yum! I have this book too and will have to add in the recipe. It looks great! And I'm definitely looking into getting one of those chopping things, too - knives are so over-rated!

Jonah looks very rested and happy today! Hooray for the 3-hour nap!

Prayers for a restful night (and healing, of course!)


queenmari said...

curry? but it's not italian. however, my husband loves lasanga and i have said i would make it soon, so i am going to try your recipe, curry and all. i am taking your word for this. it really does look delicious.

jonah too a 3 hour nap? i am sure that was a good thing for both of you. hope he sleeps well tonight too.

--blessings, mari

Morning Glory Minis said...

yep... didn't think it was possible.. but he did get cuter..

Wanda Wilkinson said...

oh!! i must have lost my invitation to dinner (haha) another great receipe that I will try...very similar to my lasagna, but I will have to add the curry..

Way to go Jonah 3 whole hours......WOW!!!!!

cuter everyday...

We will all keep those prayers going to Heaven...

Have a great day

Our beautiful mess... said...

Hey! I was thinking of you guys today. I'm a Home Health nurse and I do a lot of dressing changes. I just went to the wound clinic and the latest and greatest product that they have to wick away moisture and keep it away from the skin is...maxipads! LOL It does work REALLY well... A LOT better than ABD's. I'm not sure what you're using now or if this will work for you but I thought I'd put it out there. Anything to make your and Jonah's lives easier!


Toni :O) said...

Man, my mouth is watering reading that! Thanks for sharing and now I have to go and eat some breakfast. Three hour nap? Whoa...that is awesome! Have a great weekend sweet family!

Katie said...

Isn't that the same book with those zucchini fry things? They were our healthy option for our Super Bowl party, you know, the one time we had a Super Bowl party. (I'm sure you don't remember what I'm talking about - I love you by the way.)

BTW - If you want to be the blogging world's hero (as if you aren't already!) you really should do a post on Anne's chicken/rice/green bean casserole. MMm. I'm making that as soon as it gets cold out.

Tara said...

That looks so good! I think we will be having lasagna next week!

Patty said...

I LOVE YOUR POSTS. YOU ARE SO FUNNY!! And baby Jonut is the cutest "evah"!!!

Anonymous said...

This is the perfect post. A recipe for lasagna that I might actually make because it sounds easy and yummy. And it has pictures - I love cooking with pictures. I totally agree about the Barefoot Contessa. She's fabulous and all her cookbooks have pictures. To top it off, we get pictures of a cute, well-rested, happy baby. WooHoo!
Meredith in VA

Jara said...

I got that same book when I left for college too! Do you have the Dad's version? It's just as awesome!

Thanks for the receipe.. I will definitely be trying it!

Tara Y said...

I got that cookbook from my aunt when I graduated from high school also. I now need to find it and use some of the recipes I had written in the back. Lasagna looks delicious. Will have to try that receipe sometime soon.

the-mommy-person said...

That looks reeeeeally good. Love all the Jonut pics!

Katie said...

Of the 2 cookboocks you've posted, I have both of them and absolutely love both of them. My other favorite is the 4 ingredient cookbook. Everything is so easy and tastes yummy!

purejoy said...

in the words of rachel ray. . . yummmm oh!!
and the baby too!! yummoh!!
he seriously gets cuter every day!

Nicole said...

Anon--The pasta sauce she used IS organic, it clearly says that on the label.

Patrice, good post! It looks delicious! I'll have to try this soon. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love your posts SO much! Although this Italian girl will NEVER use cheddar and cottage cheese in her lasagna--only ricotta and mozzarella!! Still though--you are awesome :-) And SO FUNNY!!

Anonymous said...

My mom gave me that exact same book when I went to University!! Cool!! Looks fantastic and I will try your recipe next time i do lasagna!!


Anonymous said...

Way to go, Patrice! Baking lasagna, bread, making're quite the stay-at-home mommy! It is always a great day in this house if I get dinner on the table :) I will have to try our lasagna recipe. It looks yummy!


Heather said...

Hurray for the THREE HOUR NAP! Good job Jonah and thanks God for listening to our prayers.

The lasagna looks delicious. Never thought of adding curry powder!

Neighbor Wars said...

Can't wait to try the recipe! I need a good lasagna recipe! Jonah is just too stinkin cute! Oh, I have a vacuum cleaner like yours..actually I have 3 of them! Two dachshunds and a black lab! lol

PS..You should have been napping during those 3 hours! lol

The Power Family said...

Sounds like a great (and easy) lasagna recipe! Even though I stay at home with our boys, my husband does most of the cooking around here. However, I think I'll surprise him and have this ready one night :) Thanks for sharing!

Kelli said...

I want some now!!! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing. So happy that Jonah woke up happy!!

Mama10EE said...

YUM! Although I'll say that my Italian heart will be making its own sauce rather than jarred :) What can I say, I'm a traditionalist (and I don't have a baby at home...just a curious three year old).

Absolutely loved the asides in the recipe. Much needed, especially about the food chopper.

Maybe the key to three hour naps are smelling lasagna cooking? Perhaps you can bottle that smell and waft it under his nose on the nights he likes to think he's an owl.

Devon said...

Patrice, I love your sense of humor!!

Sue said...

You have the best attitude! Love love your blog. Jonah is adorable.
Praying for your family! Plan on trying your recipe.....minus big knife....go directly to mini chopper!

Precious 3 said...

I absolutely love the way you post a recipe! Thanks for the laughs, and the recipe. We will have to try itsometime. Although I'm gonna try it in my crockpot cuz I can't stand turning on my oven, haha.

Jonah was so cute today! Like everyday :)

Mimmy said...

The lasagna looks great but Jonah looks even better. We'll be over for dinner and I'll hold him while everybody else eats. (ha,ha) Hope you have a super weekend and get some rest.

God Bless and love you to Heaven and back,
Mimmy aka Aunt Joyce

bethanne said...

found the book at local Barnes and Noble in So. Cal. on bargain book aisle for $5.98.
Can't wait to try recipe.
Adorable baby!!

Terah722 said...

I've been wanting a good lasagna recipe! Thanks for sharing.....especially the Jonah pics! Praying for your family always.

lesliemarie said...

because of my dogs, I don't sweep my kitchen floors nearly as much as I should! :)

Anonymous said...

I have the same book and my mom bought it for me when I went away to college too. Your recipe looks soooo good. I'm making some soon! yummy!

Karen said...

curry- ooh I can't wait to try it! Love your blog- pray for the family as the Lord brings you to mind.

Anonymous said...

any leftovers for dinner tonight?
or is it time for Chick-fil-A?

Amanda said...

I had to come out of lurking to tell you we just tried your lasagna...and we LOVED it! Thanks for an easy lasagna recipe! Always keeping your precious baby in my prayers.
Amanda in MN

Cristi said...

Man that looks super delicious. Too bad we couldnt come over for some of that. My sweet husband will NOT EAT lasagna. So no use making that dish here. But I think I will try the bread cause that sounds amazing!

Deen Family said...

I just made your (your aunt's) lasagna. Oh. My. Word. It is amazing!

Thanks for the great recipes and for all the pictures of your sweet baby boy. He gets more and more beautiful everyday. I have a five-month-old. Maybe we can arrange marriage?

Tina said...

Bought the ingredients, made the lasagna -- my family loved it!! Thanks so much for the post, it will be a family favorite I'm sure! Jonah is looking adorable, as always! He is growing sooo much!