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beef Lasagna recipe

Beef Lasagna

Chow
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people
Calories 475 kcal

Equipment

  • skillet
  • bowl
  • 13 × 9 baking dish
  • foil

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Tblsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb Lean ground beef
  • 1 Shallot or spanish onion, diced
  • 2 Cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tsp. Red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tblsp Fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, finely shredded
  • 1 Can Organic diced tomatoes 28 oz.
  • 4 Tblsp. Chopped parsley
  • 3 and 1/2 Cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1 Cup Chopped cooked spinach, well drained
  • 1/4 Cup Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tblsp Dried oregano
  • 3/4 Tsp Nutmeg
  • Freshly ground pepper, sea salt to taste
  • 3 Cups Grated mozzarella cheese
  • 8 Lasagna noodles, cooked al dente

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat 2 tblsp. of oil in a sauce pan. Add the shallots and red pepper flakes and cook until the shallots are translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add the carrot, thyme, and garlic. Cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 25 minutes over low heat. Season with salt.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the beef, crumbling it into the skillet.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until it is browned. Drain, and set aside.
  • Add the beef and half of the parsley to the tomato sauce and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, spinach, remaining parsley, oregano, nutmeg, parmesan, and black pepper. Stir well.
  • Using a 13 x9 baking dish, pour 1 and 1/2 cups of tomato sauce across the bottom.  Arrange 4 noodles on top of the sauce. Add half the ricotta and sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella over top. Repeat layer.  Top the remaining layer with just 1 cup of sauce and the remaining cup of mozzarella.  Wrap the top in foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for an additional 18 minutes at same temperature.  At the very end with just approximately 2 minutes to go, turn the boiler onto high. Bake for an additional 2 minutes in order to brown the cheese on top.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy it right away or freeze it for a special occasion….
Keyword frozen, lasagna, meat