Classic Meat Lasagna

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Layers of noodles smothered in melted cheese, seasoned beef and tomato sauce? Who wouldn’t be drooling? Lasagna is a classic and loved by so many. Wholesome and delicious, this Italian inspired dish is perfect for larger gatherings or meal prep. Try preparing one of these mouth-watering dishes for busy weeknights, cottage trips or Sunday dinner. Here is our take on a roasted red pepper and basil infused meat lasagna. Easily prepared ahead of time, reheated or frozen! Considering pair with a mix greens salad and garlic toasts.

 What you will need: 

  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 12-14 mozzarella cheese slices
  • Oven ready lasagna noodles
  • 1.5 – 2 jars of tomato sauce (we like to use roasted red pepper)
  • 6 large basil leaves; finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  • 1/2 cup white onion; finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 4-6 tomato slices
  • Parmesan cheese; grated

 

Directions:

Prep Time: 25 minutes  ◊  Cook Time: 45 minutes

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a medium sized skillet heat olive oil a to medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic and season with a touch of salt and pepper. Sauté onions and garlic until tender, and onions have browned.  
  3. In a large bowl add ground beef, sautéed onions/garlic, basil and thoroughly mix. Add tomato sauce and continue to mix until well combined. 
  4. In an oven safe casserole dish, add a layer of lasagna noodles, then a layer of beef sauce and cover with cheese slices. Repeat to create 2-3 layers, (depending on the size of your dish), ending with a layer of cheese on top. Note: You may need to break the lasagna noodles to fit your dish. 
  5. Top lasagna with tomato slices, sprinkle with oregano and grated parmesan cheese. 
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes until noodles are super soft. Test readiness by inserting a dinner knife 2-3 times into various spots of the lasagna. If the knife is easily inserted, the lasagna is done. 
  7. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving. 

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