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Making Lasagna for My Family and Friends

Lasagna is one of the easiest and most filling meals that I can make that my family and friends also love. A few weeks ago, two of my friends came over to meet my daughter. Because I like to feed my guests, I whipped up a big pan of lasagna!

Making lasagna is so easy. I begin my boiling the lasagna noodles in a big pot of water. Some people like to use the kind of noodles that can be layered in the lasagna dry, but I prefer to boil mine first. I just like the taste better.

While my lasagna noodles are boiling, I cook up a pound of ground beef in a separate pan. Sometimes I also use sausage, but other times I prefer a beefy lasagna. To make my lasagna a little healthier, I use the lowest fat beef available, which is usually 97% lean beef.

After cooking both, I drain the water from the noodles and the fat from the beef. While my noodles and meat are draining, I prepare the cheese for my lasagna. I mix ricotta cheese with parsley. I also make sure that I have some yummy mozzarella cheese ready to go on top of my lasagna.

Next I layer the lasagna. I begin by putting a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a glass baking dish. Then I put a layer of noodles down followed by a layer of the ricotta cheese. Next comes another layer of noodles followed by another layer of sauce. I then layer on the beef and sprinkled some Italian seasoning on top. Finally, I top the beef with another layer of noodles and another layer of sauce. I finish off the lasagna with a thick layer of shredded mozzarella cheese. I then pop the lasagna in the oven to heat up.

While my lasagna is cooking, I like to make garlic bread. For the meal that I served my friends, I just used some whole wheat bread, a little butter, and some garlic powder. After the lasagna finishes cooking, I pop the bread in the oven for a few minutes to toast. Voila! An easy and complete meal. Bon appetit!

Boiling the Lasagna Noodles

Cooking the Ground Beef

Draining the Lasagna Noodles

Draining the Cooked Ground Beef

Mixing the Ricotta Cheese

Layering the Lasagna 1

Layering the Lasagna 2

Lasagna

Garlic Bread

Image Credits

Boiling the Lasagna Noodles © 2012 Heather Johnson
Cooking the Ground Beef © 2012 Heather Johnson
Draining the Lasagna Noodles © 2012 Heather Johnson
Draining the Cooked Ground Beef © 2012 Heather Johnson
Mixing the Ricotta Cheese © 2012 Heather Johnson
Layering the Lasagna 1 © 2012 Heather Johnson
Layering the Lasagna 2 © 2012 Heather Johnson
Lasagna © 2012 Heather Johnson
Garlic Bread © 2012 Heather Johnson

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