Meat Lasagna

on Nov 04 in Beef, Favorites, Main dish, pork, Turkey by
Meat Lasagna

One of the ultimate comfort foods for my family. Of course it has to be meat rather than veggie, right? Otherwise, what would be comfort about it? I like to use ground meat loaf mix (veal, beef, and pork. You can find this at the meat counter) along with Italian chicken sausage links. Depending on what i have on hand though i may use ground turkey or throw in some hot sausage to spice it up a bit. And yes, i do use a jar of spaghetti sauce, but don’t judge. I doctor it up……I don’t just open the jar and pour it over the noodles. Also, i like to use cottage cheese rather than ricotta. For one, it’s a tad less thick, and two, it’s cheaper. So why not!

Serves 8

1 lb Italian chicken sausage links
1 lb ground meatloaf mix
2 tablespoons garlic
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons basil
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 jar spaghetti sauce. (I like Newman’s Own)
12 lasagna noodles
1 (16 ounce) container cottage cheese
2 tablespoons parsley
1 egg
3/4 lb Italian cheese blend; shredded
3/4 cup parmesan cheese

Over medium heat sauté garlic, add Italian sausage; cook till browned on all sides. Remove from pan and slice in chunks
add meatloaf mix to the pan, cook until meat is browned; return sausage links to pan
Add next 9 ingredients through spaghetti sauce
Cook until thick and bubbling; cover and simmer for while assembling the rest (at least 30 min)
Boil the noodles and drain
Mix together cottage cheese, egg, 2 tablespoons of parsley (if this mixture is too thick add a little milk).
Layer sauce, 1/2 noodles, 1/2 of cottage cheese mixture, 1/2 mozzarella, sauce, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, noodles, cottage cheese
mixture, mozzarella, sauce, and rest of parmesan cheese.
Bake at 375° for 25 minutes covered with foil, 25 minutes uncovered.
Let set for about 10-15 minutes before cutting.

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