My earliest memory of lasagna seeing it on the table at various church gatherings in Malawi where everyone attending would bring a dish. There was one lady who always brought a lovely huge dish of Lasagna. And of course it was always the first dish to finish.
For some reason I always thought it was complicated to make but even when I found out how easy it is to make, I never tried to. So when I went home a few weeks ago I decided to finally give it a go. It took about an hour and a half to prepare but it was well worth it.
We could only find spinach lasagna noodles in the supermarket so I went with that though the lasagna dish did not have any spinach in it. I decided to keep it relatively simple. Ingredients and directions below:
- One box of lasagna noodles
- Two blocks of cheeses of your choice (Soft cheeses are preferred like Mozzarella or Parmesan)
- 2 eggs
- herbs and spices of your choice
- ground beef (minced meat)
- One large jar of pasta sauce (250g)
- In a pot over medium heat fry and brown the ground beef. Drain the grease (if there is excess) and add pasta sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. The consistency of the meat sauce should not be too thick.
- In a large bowl, grate and mix together the cheese and eggs. Put aside about half a cup of cheese to be used later. Herbs and spices of your choice can be added to the cheese and egg mixture.
- To assemble, in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish evenly spread the meat sauce mixture till the base of the dish is covered. Cover with 3 uncooked lasagna noodles laid side by side.Then cover the noodles with the cheese mixture followed by some meat sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with 3 noodles, remaining sauce, remaining cheese.
- Bake covered in a preheated 350 degree F(175 degrees C) oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
It’s easy to get creative with lasagna. You can change your cheese and spice combinations, add vegetables like spinach, or use different proteins (seafood, chicken, pork etc).
Be warned, it won’t last very long! 🙂