Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Mmmm! Lasagna and Apple Pie!

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I found this recipe online a few years ago and tweaked it to our family's taste.

Well, to my taste.

Lucas and Zachary do not like "basagna" and I think Josh tolerates it.

We had company over for the SuperBowl and I served lasagna and apple pie for dessert. That typically doesn't go together, but this recipe is actually called American Lasagna.

And what's more American than Apple Pie?

So it works! :)

If you are looking for a new lasagna recipe, try this one and see what you think!

~American Lasagna~

1 &1/2 lbs ground beef
1 Tbsp dried onion powder (You know my stance against onions! If you do not have the same opinion, then by all means add some diced onion)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 & 1/2 tsp salt
30 oz can crushed tomatoes
12 oz can of tomato paste
(If you like a saucy lasagna add a small can of tomato sauce here)
12 large lasagna noodles
2 eggs, beaten
8 oz small curd cottage cheese
1/4 cup finely shredded parmesan
6 oz cream cheese
2 tsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp salt
2 & 1/2 cups mozerella, divided

Brown beef, onion and garlic and drain. Add basil, oregano, brown sugar, salt, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste. Simmer 30-45 minutes stirring occasionally. Preheat oven to 375. Boil lasagna noodles and drain. Mix together eggs, cottage cheese, parmesan, parsley, cream cheese, and salt. Layer 1/3 noodles in bottom of 9x13 pan. Cover with 1/2 cottage cheese mixture 1/2 mozerella and 1/3 meat sauce. Repeat. Top with remaining noodles and sauce. Sprinkle with a little additional parmesan. Bake 30 minutes.

You can assemble this ahead of time, refrigerate and then bake within 24 hrs.

This photo was taken before baking. I felt weird photographing the finished lasagna in front of the guests! Just picture the above photo "crispier" :)

Here's the apple pie:


  1. I just posted a tortellini soup on my blog! I'll have to copy and paste your lasagna reciepe and try it sometime. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yip, I'm hungry now. I'll have to give it a try.