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How To Make Lasagna

Updated on April 5, 2016
Lasagne and Garlic Bread
Lasagne and Garlic Bread

My Mom's Lasagna Recipe

My Mom doesn't make things from scratch. She uses store bought items, prepares them and puts them together to make meals. The best thing that she makes is her lasagna. This was the one recipe that I made sure I got from her when I moved out.

Now my Mom is a pinch of this, a few shakes of that, and then taste it, kind of cook. I am not. So to get the recipe I actually had her count the number of shakes per spice while she was making it. That way I would be able to get the recipe to taste the same every time that I made it. That is the recipe you will see posted below.

It will make between 12- 18 servings (depending on the serving size of piece). It can be cooked in anywhere from 2 to 7 separate dishes. In doing so, you can make serving sizes that fit your situation. Use larger dishes for families and smaller dishes for singles or couples.

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Ingredients You Will Need

Shopping List:

1 Cooking onion

Approximately 2000 grams (4.5lbs) of ground beef (more if you like it really meaty)

1 Hunts Tomato Paste 13fl oz/ 369ml tin

2 750ml bottles of Original recipe with Mushrooms Ragu spaghetti sauce

2 packages of Lasagne noodles (only need 1 package if using loaf size dish)

620g (1.5lbs) Kraft Mozzarella cheese block (or get same amount of shredded)

1250g (2.5lbs) of Nordica 2% cottage cheese

Spices you will need:

Salt

Pepper

Garlic Powder

Italian seasonings

Basil Leaves

Oregano Leaves

Dish Size Options

Anchor Hocking 5 Inch x 9 Inch Glass Loaf Dish
Anchor Hocking 5 Inch x 9 Inch Glass Loaf Dish

These are perfect when you are cooking for 1 or 2 people. You can get 2 to 3 servings out of each pan. You will get about 6 or 7 of these with the recipe provided.

This is the size that I make for myself. That way I can make the lasagna all at once, eat one right away, and then I freeze the rest of them. I can then pull them out later one at a time to get a couple of meals out of it.

If I want to have some people over I can pull out two of them and feed 4 people.

 
Anchor Hocking 81935OBL11 Oven Basics Bake Dish, 5 quart, Clear
Anchor Hocking 81935OBL11 Oven Basics Bake Dish, 5 quart, Clear

These are perfect when you are cooking for 4 to 6 people. You will get about 2 of these with the recipe provided.

This is the size that I use when I am making a lasagna to bring for my family to eat. This will make enough for all 5 of us to enjoy.

 

How to Make Lasagna, Just Like My Mom's

In a frying pan brown (375 degrees) approximately half of the ground beef.

Remove the excess grease from the frying pan. Then put the ground beef into a large pot.

Chop 1 cooking onion into small pieces.

Brown the remaining half of the ground beef and the cooking onion.

Remove the excess grease from the frying pan. Then put the ground beef and onion into the large pot.

Add 1 can of Hunts tomato paste to the pot.

Now add the 2 jars of Ragu spaghetti sauce and stir it in. Put the burner on Medium and add the spices to the pot.

9 shakes of garlic powder

10 shakes of pepper

5 shakes of salt

25 light shakes of Italian seasoning

5 shakes of basil leaves

7 shakes of oregano leaves.

Stir on medium for 10 minutes.

Then leave on Simmer for 30 minutes (stirring when needed).

Turn your oven on to preheat it to 350 degrees.

Fill a roast pan or a large pot with water and add a little salt. Put it on a burner on high.

When it is boiling put in your box of noodles. Cook for 15 -20 minutes.

If you didn't buy shredded, grate the mozzarella cheese.

When your noodles are done strain out the water and put the noodles in a pot of cold water.

Now you have all the ingredients to assemble the lasagna.

Put a little of your meat sauce in the bottom of your lasagna pan (very little this just to prevent the noodles from sticking to the bottom of the pan).

Add a layer of noodles.

Then add a layer of cottage cheese.

Then add a layer of meat.

Then a layer of noodles.

Then add a layer of meat.

Then top off with mozzarella cheese.

Cover the dish with tin foil.

Put the dish on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. You could put the dishes directly into the oven. I prefer to put the dishes on cookie sheets. That way if any spills over from the dish it will land on the cookie sheet, not the bottom of my oven.

This will make approximately 6 loaf pan size servings or 2 (maybe 3) 8 inch square dish servings, so when it is done cooking you can put the extra you are not going to eat now into the freezer. When you take these out of the freezer (if you don't thaw them) put the oven to 350 degrees and cook for at least 1 hour.

Put it on a plate and enjoy!

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    • rainykua profile image

      rainykua 3 years ago

      I love lasagna! Thanks for sharing your mom's recipe. It looks yummy.:)

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      CaztyBon 3 years ago

      It sounds really different from my Mothers recipe!! I would like to give it a try I don't cook but the rest of the family does. Looks really good.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Excellent recipe lens. Your mom's lasagne is a little different than the traditional recipe but it looks nice and tempting. Must try to see the difference. Thanks for sharing:=)

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      David Edward Lynch 4 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Nice clear lens you've written, I think I must ask my girlfriend to make lasagne using your recipe.

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      tmclife 4 years ago

      Looks yummy. have to try this recipe

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      Yumm. It looks delicious.

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      Jenny Rowling 4 years ago from London, UK

      I've never made lasagna before. but I might try it now.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      Great idea to cook up a big batch, then you've got plenty of quick easy dinners for days when you don't have time to cook

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      Looks delicious.

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      Ardyn25 4 years ago

      Lasagna is one of my favorite foods. And your directions are great, I'll have to try this recipe. thanks.

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Just saw an episode on the morning show with lasagne recipes -- particularly healthy recipes and using cottage cheese. Any way you slice it, I love lasagne!

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      I like Lasagna very much. but never knew how to make. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      I agree with every comment about the step-by-step photos. They are terrific. I love making lasagne from scratch and its one of the first recipes I ever mastered. Still one of my faves. :)

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I'd never thought to put a layer of cottage cheese in lasagna before. Great idea.

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      FindandGift LM 4 years ago

      OMG! You made me hungry now! Those step by step pictures totally got me. I need to try this lasagna recipe!! Awesome lens!

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      Zienna1 4 years ago

      It's nice to look at others recipe. I love lasagna so with my children and yours looks yummy too.

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      raeby 4 years ago

      I love this lens! Lenses that have lots of step by step pics when making a recipe are great! You can never have too many pictures!!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I haven't fixed lasagna for a long time and now you've made me hungry! Love the step-by-step pictures!

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      InfoCoop 4 years ago

      One my favorite comfort foods. Good photos.

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      pandav lm 4 years ago

      Yam..yam..I am feeling hungry.

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      Nice recipe lens... I do like you mother, add a little of this, a little of that, and almost never measure anything. LOL

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      Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I'm glad you liked it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      served your lasagna to my family for lunch they loved it. Plus we have more for later.

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      Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada

      @askformore lm: Well if Garfield stops by, he just better not eat it all, like he normally does. He needs to leave some for the rest of us.

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      askformore lm 4 years ago

      Great lens! Even Garfield would love this :)

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      seosmm 4 years ago

      Your lasagna recipe looks delicious!

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      Insurance-Provider 4 years ago

      Would love to try it on this weekend.

      Enjoy the recipe and hence liked your lens.

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      Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada

      @Insurance-Provider: Thank you. Hope you like the lasagna as much as I do.

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      Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada

      @poldepc lm: That is why I like making my own lasagna. Control over the ingredients. I like a meaty lasagna. Most store bought lasagna have almost no meat at all, just pasta and sauce.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      thanks for sharing...I love to eat Lasagna, but not "to much cheese" :):)