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    Simply Perfect American-Style Lasagne

    Total Time:

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    1 hr 25 mins

    25 mins

    1 hr

    Tracey Rollison's Note:

    I got the basis for this recipe (proportions) off a Barilla box years ago. I've tweaked it, adding elements of other lasagne I've liked, until my husband told me it was perfect. Then I started taking it to pitch-ins, and was told by many that it was the best they'd ever had, too! I think it melds elements of good, American-style lasagne: spicy meat, good cheeses, a rich blend of spices, and spinach. The key is the sauces and cheese blend. Get as many different Italian cheese in this as you can! I've used a mozzarella/sun-dried tomato/basil blend for the mozzarella, and that was excellent, too.

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    1. 1
      Thaw and drain spinach, pressing in a colander lined with paper towels. Get it as dry as you can.
    2. 2
      Preheat oven to 375.
    3. 3
      In bowl, combine beaten eggs, ricotta cheese, one cup of mozarella and one cup of Italian cheese blend, and drained spinach. Set aside.
    4. 4
      In a 13X9X3 pan, spread 1 cup of tomato/basil sauce on bottom of pan.
    5. 5
      Layer in the order, 4 uncooked lasagna noodles (do not overlap), then 1/3 part of the ricotta cheese mixture, half the browned meat, 1/2 cup each mozzarella and italian cheese blend, and 1 cup of 3-cheese spaghetti sauce.
    6. 6
      Second layer, 4 uncooked lasagna noodles, 1/3 part of the ricotta cheese mixture, and 1 1/2 cup tomato/basil sauce.
    7. 7
      Third layer, 4 uncooked lasagna noodles, remaining ricotta mixture and remained meat, 1 cup of 3-cheese sauce.
    8. 8
      For top layer, 4 uncooked lasagna noodles, remaining tomato/basil sauce, and remaining 1 cup total of cheeses.
    9. 9
      Bake covered with foil for 50-60 minutes.
    10. 10
      Uncover and continue cooking until all the cheese is melted on the top (about 5 minutes).
    11. 11
      Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
    12. 12
      If you are using a 13X9X2 pan---just make 3 layers to avoid boiling over.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 26, 2008


      This turned out really well and wasn't time consuming to put together. I used the sausage and couldn't find shredded italian cheese mix, so it was all mozzerella and parmessan cheeses. I think the flavor would just improve with getting more cheese mix in there. I did the 4 layers in my pan and it would probably be a 12 servings not 16. This is actually a good base recipe to start personalizing with more vegies which is what I'll try next time. Definitely a keeper.

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    Nutritional Facts for Simply Perfect American-Style Lasagne

    Serving Size: 1 (174 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 300.0
    Calories from Fat 164
    Total Fat 18.3 g
    Saturated Fat 7.5 g
    Cholesterol 67.7 mg
    Sodium 1081.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 18.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
    Sugars 11.7 g
    Protein 16.1 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    no-boil lasagna noodles

    Italian cheese blend

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