So apparently.. this is the blog's 150th post! Seems unbelievable. Thanks for reading!
The other day, I had 2 of my absolute favourite dinner guests over for dinner! That's right- my parents!! They are amazing guests because no matter what I make, they always love it. It's always nice to cook for people who really appreciate it. Also, they are great company and help with dishes, sock folding, shelf organizing or whatever else needs to be done in my apartment. Oh and they also love my apartment- so positive and loving :). Anyway we had a great time.
I had a list of possible menu options and my dad chose lasagna. My mom had said he was trying to eat healthy and would prefer something light..but apparently this was news to my dad, who chose lasagna. It was my first time making a real meat lasagna and it was quite simple. The sauce takes a little while but the rest is easy. I looked up a few recipes online and was inspired by allrecipes but in the end adapted into my own version.
- lean ground beef
- 1 spicy turkey sausage
- 1 onion
- 1 red pepper
- basil, and spices of choice
- 1 can tomato and basil tomato sauce
- 1 package ricotta
- part skim mozzarella ( 1-2 cups) (shredded- thank you Cuisinart shredder attachment for making my life easy)
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- fresh lasagna noodles- the ones kept in the fridge at the grocery (they don't have to be but fresh noodles but those ones or precooked ones will save you a step)
1. First stir fry the beef in a pan- drain and remove and put on plate. Then stir fry the sausage and remove. Then put in onion, red pepper, garlic, and sauté for a few minuets. Add meat back in along with tomato sauce and 1/2 cup water. Let simmer for 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 375
3. Layer in your lasagna dish- 1) meat sauce 2) noodles 3) ricotta 4)mozzarella 5) noodles) meat sauce 6) parmesan 7)noodles, 8) ricotta, 9) mozzarella, 10) noodles, 11) ricotta, 12) parmesan. Or something like that. It all depends how many layers you make.
I was able to send some home with my parents and I took some for lunch during the week. Lasagna is one of those dishes, where leftovers are just as good, if not better than the first time aroundl!