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.
3 noodles, ½ meat sauce, ½ cottage cheese, ½ mozzarella cheese, ½ cheddar cheese.
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.