Classic and Simple Meat Lasagna Recipe
A family-pleasing version of lasagna is made with lean ground beef, whole wheat lasagna noodles, prepared sauce, and plenty of mozzarella for a dish that's easy yet hearty.
Filling and satisfying, John Chandler's lasagna is our most popular recipe. With basil, sausage, ground beef and three types of cheese, it lives up to its name.
This was an amazingly simple recipe. Made some adjustments that I think worked out very well. Firstly, I bought fresh made lasagna pasta so it didn't need any pre-cooking. Secondly, I subbed the cottage cheese for ricotta. Lastly I replaced the ground beef with a pound of spinach. It came out sooooo good and my daughter loved it! This will be in our repertoire for the foreseeable future. Loved how easy it was.
I loved this for my very first time makes lasagna. For beginners this words out great. I added some spices to the meat I love, also I was told to make sure your noodles were pat dry before, add a spoon full of tomato paste into your sauce and a half of a spoon of sugar to cut the bitter taste of the paste. Add an egg to your cheese mix to make it thicker. I was very pleased with all of this. Loved it and will make it again.
I never know how many stars to leave when I make changes. Just for personal preference, I'd give it 4 stars because I don't care for the cottage cheese/egg layer, and leave that out. Usually when I make my own lasagna I don't precook my noodles, and we prefer shredded chicken over ground beef. Other than that, this is pretty close to how I make mine! I probably use more cheese, and sometimes cheddar in addition to the mozzarella. For variety, if we have veggies that need to be used I might add sliced zucchini and/or spinach as well. But this recipe is a good, solid, simple lasagna, and you should try it!
While I did make modifications to the recipe, it remained true to the basics- layered, cooked lasagna noodle, sauce, meat, and cottage cheese. Modifications: - Combined sauce with meat - Added spinach to the sauce - Only used nine noodles (Different pan dimensions) - Mixed cottage cheese with mozzarella instead of parmesan - Used half lean turkey and half Italian sausage for the meat -Used thyme in place of Oregano I'd make this again for sure. My family loved it and my mom said it was the best meal I've ever made. Everyone went back for seconds.
My first lasagna ever. Being a single guy at 49, decided last week "I must try to make lasagna for once" and I did with this recepie and it came out REALLY good! Very well thought out and quite simple.