Homemade Lasagna ~ meat and cheese

Here’s the lasagna I mentioned yesterday in my basil post.  This came out very well.  I used a square pan so I needed to trim my noodles a bit and really only used 7; adjust pasta as needed for your pan size.  I really enjoyed the fresh mozzarella but any mozzarella will work.  Fresh mozzarella is a bit moister and softer than the pre-shredded type but both have their own charms so use your favorite or even an italian cheese blend if desired.

Meat and Cheese Lasagna

  • 1 pound ground beef or italian sausage
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper; if desired
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 9 lasagna noodles cooked according to package
  • 1 pound ricotta
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbs fresh basil
  • 1 egg
  • 12 o.z. fresh mozzarella

Cook meat and add salt and pepper if desired.  In small bowl combine ricotta, egg, basil, and parmesan cheese.

In bottom of oiled baking dish pour about 1/4 cup of spaghetti sauce.  Lay 3 noodles across bottom of pan ~ trim noodles if needed; I used a square pan so my noodles were a little long.  Layer 1/2 of the meat, 1/2 of the ricotta mixture, and 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce and about 4 ounces of mozzarella.

Repeat with next layer.  Lay final layer with noodles top with remaining sauce and mozzarella.  Sprinkle with additional parmesan if desired.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Sloppy Joes ~ quick and easy recipe; almost like mom’s

I can’t remember the last time I made sloppy joes.  To be honest I didn’t set out to make them today, but I couldn’t decide what to do with my package of ground beef and this sounded easy and delicious.  This is mom’s recipe with a couple of changes ~ I like to spice mine up a bit.

Sloppy Joes

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion – diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 3 Tbs yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbs vinegar
  • 3 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp each ~ salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper

Cook beef and onion until meat is cooked through and onions are tender; drain and add remaining ingredients Bring to simmer and reduce heat; cook for 15 minutes to combine flavors.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly