Auntie Mary’s Lasagne Recipe

Well, Auntie Mary, is really a friend of mine, but when she saw this blog, she just knew she had to contribute some of her great recipes.  Actually, she is one of the best cooks ever, and has just the magic touch to make everything taste great.  Each time she cooks, she improvises, making each dish better than the last.  She makes dinner an art, not a task.

LASAGNE the way Auntie Mary’s family makes it

Sauce: 1/3 cup olive oil
1 med. chopped onion
3 or 4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small can tomato paste   (Contadina is best; Hunt’s sucks)
1 large can tomatoes   (diced is easiest; whole must be broken up)
1 Tbsp. crushed basil   (or 2-3 sprigs of fresh–it tastes way better)
salt & pepper to taste
Optional:  1 lb.  (or so) ground beef, sautéed with the onions & garlic
Sauté onions & garlic in the oil in large saucepan over medium heat, stirring lots, until onions are limp.  Add tomato paste and 1 paste can of water; add tomatoes and 1 can of water; add spices; stir well and lower heat to simmer.  Let simmer, stirring occasionally, at least 20 minutes (or all day, if you want).
2 lbs. riccotta cheese
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. parsley   (chopped fresh is great, but dried works fine)
1/2 c. (at least) grated parmesan or romano cheese
Many sprinkles pepper
(You’ll also need 1 lb. sliced mozzarella and 1/2 lb. grated parmesan or romano cheese, for layering only.)
Whomp this all together in a medium bowl. You can add a well-squeezed box of frozen spinach, if you must.
Schmear a spoonful of sauce on bottom of lasagne pan, then a layer of lasagne noodles; spread 1/3 filling over, top with sauce, mozzarella slices, and sprinkles of grated cheese.  Repeat 3 times; top layer should be noodles/sauce/mozz/grated cheese.  Bake at 425 for about 45 minutes. (Cover with foil for first half of time.)
NOTE:  You don’t have to cook noodles first but if you wanna mess up another pot, cook only 10 minutes, drain & rinse well.


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