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It was good enough for Garfield

by on September 19, 2012

Welcome to another Potluck Wednesday. Such good food has been going on.

That lovable orange cat who loved candy and lasagne always made me laugh when he scarfed down a pan. The folks in my house do the same thing. Hopefully this will be a crowd pleaser in your home too. It can even be made a day ahead and popped into the oven whenever you’re ready oh and you don’t have to make your own sauce. If you were looking for a great marinara recipe sorry. In culinary school I always got stuck making tomato concasse. That’s just a fancy word for peeling, seeding and chopping ‘maters. So here’s my spin on lasange.

1 pound ground beef

1/2 italian sausage

1 small onion, chopped

4 large cloves garlic, minced

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

2 pound jar of Prego mushroom spaghetti sauce or whatever brand you use, 1 cup reserved

16 oz shredded mozzarella

8 ooz shredded sharp cheddar

1 handful of shredded parmesan cheese

1 package no cook lasange noodles (I use Barilla in the short blue box)

salt, pepper, garlic powder

Saute garlic and in a little oil about 10 secs add ground beef. Add onion and when the beef is halfway cooked toss in bell peppers and season. Finish browning and then drain excess fat. Brown sausage. Drain. Combine in a a pot with beef and spaghetti sauce. Let simmer for about ten minutes.

Preheat oven to 400.

In a 9×13 rectangle pan spread reserved sauce on bottom. Add first layer of noodles. About four fit in the bottom and it’s okay if they don’t over lap or if they do. Add a layer of meat sauce and half the cheese. Repeat ending with a layer of cheese.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cheese should be nice, bubbly and golden brown around the edges. Rest for 15 minutes, then serve.



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  1. I am totally in love with lasagne and all things pasta and cheese. This sounds so good! “Rest for 15 min” indeed. Can you even wait that long before taking a taste??

  2. LOL! No. You should see my kids when it comes out the oven. I’ve learned to tell them when the timer goes off you can dig in, otherwise they grab forks and start scarfing it down just like Garfield. 🙂

  3. I loved Garfield as a child and I adore Lasagna. I am going to have to try this recipe!

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