Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Simply Delicious

I love pasta. The Angels love it too. It is especially nice to eat once the cold weather hits. Yes – the cold weather is finally upon us. BOO!

Here is a simple lasagna recipe I use from Kraft Canada. It is easy to make and tastes simply delicious.

Note: I like to soak the pre-cooked lasagna noodles in boiling water. I literally boil water and pour it over the noodles in an oven safe dish. I let them soak while I prepare everything else.

I also like to add spinach to the lasagna layers. I add fresh spinach. I find the water from the spinach helps soften the noodles as well.

I like to cook the lasagna for 50 minutes in the oven. Then I turn off the oven and leave it sitting in there with the heat to warm for another 30 minutes. This seems to set the dish just perfectly.

Easy Peasy!

Lasagna Formaggio

What You Need

1 lb. (450 g) extra-lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 pkg. (250 g) Philadelphia Light Brick Cream Cheese Spread, softened
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
2 cups Kraft 4 Cheese Italiano Light Shredded Cheese, divided
1/2 cup Kraft 100% Parmesan Light Grated Cheese, divided
1 egg, beaten
1 jar (700 mL) pasta sauce
1-1/2 cups no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
12 lasagne noodles, cooked

How to Make

HEAT oven to 350°F.

BROWN meat with onions in large skillet. Meanwhile, mix cream cheese spread, cottage cheese, 1-1/2 cups shredded cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan and egg until well blended.

DRAIN meat; return to skillet. Stir in pasta sauce, tomatoes and oregano; simmer 5 min. Remove from heat. Spoon 1 cup meat sauce onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish; top with layers of 3 lasagne noodles, 1 cup cheese mixture and 1 cup meat sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining noodles, meat sauce, shredded cheese and Parmesan; cover.

BAKE 50 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 40 min. Let stand 10 min. before cutting to serve.

Simply Yours,

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