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Adapting Easy Meat Lasagna Recipes to Suit Your Cravings

Making homemade lasagna is not that different from making any other type of homemade meal. You can find a wide assortment of different types of lasagna recipes you can make at home. Some of them may only call for just a few ingredients to prepare the dish. Others may call for many other ingredients in order to prepare it at home for your family.

One of the best things about learning how to cook is that you can adapt the recipe to suit yourself. For instance adapting lasagna recipes to suit your cravings and the cravings of your family can produce some interesting and tasty meals. For instance, here is a good example of a lasagna recipe that is easily adaptable. You can use Italian sausage, hamburger, or ground beef if you like.

Another way to adapt this recipe is by using either ricotta cheese or creamed cottage cheese. Of course, you can always adapt this lasagna recipe by using the type of shredded cheese you and your family prefer. For instance, this recipe calls for shredded mozzarella cheese. However, if you and your family would prefer, you can substitute it for shredded cheddar cheese or even some shredded American cheese.

Cheesy Meaty and Tasty Lasagna Recipe
Summary: Offering a fresh flavor and a wonderful homemade charm, this beef and tomato lasagna is delicious. It is also pretty easy to put together, even for a beginner cook.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Lasagna
Serves: 8
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  • 1 pound Italian sausage, hamburger, or ground beef
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1 pressed garlic clove
  • 1 large cans whole tomatoes
  • 1 large cans tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 box cooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese or creamed cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons oregano
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. To make the lasagna meat sauce you will add the pound Italian sausage, hamburger or ground beef, chopped onion and the pressed garlic clove into a large saucepan or skillet. Cook until the meat is light brown. Drain and dispose of the grease.
  2. Add the can whole tomatoes with the liquid and the tomato sauce, the 2 tablespoons parsley flakes, sugar, dried basil and salt. Stir occasionally while bringing to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer for about 1 hour uncovered until the mixture becomes a thick consistency of spaghetti sauce. Remember to reserve ½ cup lasagna meat sauce for the lasagna topping.
  3. Cook the lasagna noodles according to the directions on the box. Rinse, drain, and lay flat. Cover and set aside until needed.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Using a small to medium size mixing bowl you will combine the ricotta cheese or creamed cottage cheese, grated parmesan cheese, parsley flakes, salt and oregano. Blend well and then set aside until needed.
  6. Using an un-greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan or casserole dish you will add a thin layer of lasagna meat sauce along the bottom evenly. Add a layer of cooked lasagna noodles, while taking care to overlap the edges of the noodles while layering them in the pan.
  7. Add a layer of mozzarella cheese and then a layer of the ricotta cheese or creamed cottage cheese mixture. Repeat the process two times. Add the reserved lasagna meat sauce to the top and then sprinkle on the remaining parmesan cheese.
  8. Place in preheated oven to bake for about 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the dish to stand for about 10 to 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

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This is a delicious cheesy, meaty, and tasty lasagna recipe that you might like to prepare for your family. It is much like any other type of homemade lasagna, since you can adapt this lasagna recipe to suit the cravings of you and your family. You can make it just as it is or you can add or substitute one ingredient for another. However, it is delicious just as it is here. If you have everything you need, you can make it now and have it waiting for your family at meal time.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi I'm Christine, and I am happy you are visiting. Food is a large part of our family's lives, and we love to try new dishes, especially Italian food which offers so much freshness and flavor, whether you are making a classic Italian dish like lasagna or pizza, or experimenting with new appetizers, entrées or desserts from Italy.

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