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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Loaded Lasagna

I swear once you eat this, you aren't going to be hungry for a week.  (Okay, not really...but it did fill up my family like you wouldn't believe!)  This Lasagna has 2 different meats, 5 different cheeses, and a ton of flavor!

1 box of American Beauty oven ready lasagna (I put a picture below so you can see what the box looks like)
3 jars or cans of your favorite pasta sauce
1 lb of ground beef
1 package of turkey pepperoni (might as well make it healthy, right?)
2 cups of shredded mozzarella
1 container of whole milk ricotta cheese
1/4 cup of Romano cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup asiago cheese
1 tbsp Italian seasoning

Brown your ground beef and drain (This is seriously the most difficult part of this entire recipe...).  Add a jar (or can) of pasta sauce to the ground beef to make a meat sauce.  In a large bowl, combine ricotta, asiago, parmesan, romano, and 1 cup of mozerella cheese with Italian seasoning.  Blend well.  Now, take a casserole dish and spray with cooking spray just to keep the baked on lasagna from sticking too badly.  Once sprayed, we are going to start layering!  Start with a layer of pasta sauce on the bottom (no meat in it...just the sauce!) add oven ready lasagna noodles directly on top of the sauce.  (The noodles will be hard and crunchy and you might think, "hey, these aren't cooked!" but trust me.  It will be great!) Make sure the noodles don't overlap.  On top of the noodles put a layer of the meat sauce followed by a layer of the cheese mixture.  On top of the cheese, add a healthy layer of pepperoni.  On top of the pepperoni, add a layer of plain pasta sauce.  Top that with noodles and do it all again!  Once you've put down your third layer of noodles in all, pour plain pasta sauce on top followed by the rest of the shredded mozzarella.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted!  (I actually add some more mozzarella on top after I remove the foil.)  I will warn you: This will NOT come out pretty, but it will come out delicious!!

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