Rock Your Socks Off Lasagna

I am a HUGE fan of lasagna. Maybe it’s because I’m Italian. Or maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for anything cheesy. Regardless, lasagna is the bomb.com. So here’s my comfort-food-but-slightly-healthy-recipe for your eating pleasures.

Rock Your Socks Off Lasagna (Semi-Healthy Version):

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Here’s What You Need:

*Healthy tips are in parentheses

  • 1box lasagna noodles, you will need 12 total (whole-wheat!)
  • 1 8oz tub of ricotta cheese (skim or low-fat!)
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 3.5 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 lb. ground sausage (or ground turkey!)
  • 1 bag spinach
  • 1.5 jars of sauce – I use Prego garlic, flavored with meat
  • 1 small can crushed tomatoes – optional
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • salt/pepper to taste

Here’s How You Do It:

  1. Start cooking the noodles in one pot while you cook the meat of choice in a pan. In the meantime, spray a 9 x 13 glass pan and preheat oven to 375.
  2. Drain the meat, add chopped onion and continue to cook on med-low.
  3. In a bowl, mix egg, spices, spinach, and all cheese (except leave 1/2 cup of Parm & Mozz to add on top later).
  4. Add tomatoes and sauce to meat, cook on med-low about 3-5 min.
  5. Take a thin scoop of sauce and spread it around the pan (this prevents the noodles from sticking and burning).
  6. Lay out noodles in the pan, should be touching and covering entire bottom. (Probably about 4 for normal 9 x 13 pan).
  7. Add layer of sauce/meat on top of the noodles, spread evenly.
  8. Add layer of cheese/spinach, spread evenly. Then layer of noodles. Then repeat steps 7 & 8 until there is only a little sauce/meat mix left.
  9. On the very top layer of noodles, add sauce/meat mixture, spread evenly. Then sprinkle remaining cheese on top of the sauce. (This will crisp and taste amazing!)
  10. Put pan in the oven on 375 for about 20 min or until browned on the top. **Tip: towards the end, switch your oven to Broil to crisp your cheese! This is awesome! Just make sure to watch–it burns easily. Enjoy! 🙂
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