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Beef lasagna recipe
Lasagna recipes are among my favorite types of pasta recipes. Who doesn't like Italian food? Who doesn't like lasagna? Some of us just love it. Yes, we love lasagna! A well made lasagna is truly delicious food! Who doesn't like that? Most people are ready to eat up some great tasting lasagna.
Pasta recipes are popular and abundant, but beef lasagna is among the best in pasta dishes. Delicious beef lasagna is a meal that is sure to please.
Beef lasagna is a typical warm comfort food and beef lasagna is just such an enjoyable food!
While various types of meat, seafood, veggies, or just cheese can be used to make a tasty lasagna, this recipe hub is specifically discussing how to make beef lasagna with ground beef.
What is the best recipe for a beef lasagna that is prepared in a "healthier" way?
BEEF LASAGNA - Beef Lasagna is a delicious meal that can also sometimes be considered to be fattening and not very good for you. Are there any healthier ways to prepare delicious beef lasagna instead of the traditional way?
- Here is a "healthier" recipe for beef lasagna, one of my favorite dishes!
- I know I'm not alone when I consider beef lasagna to be one of my favorite dishes. Beef lasagna is a very popular dish.
- Preparing the perfect BEEF LASAGNA can be considered a culinary art.
- A bit time consuming to prepare, many people might not want to cook beef lasagna for themselves and would prefer ordering the beef lasagna in a restaurant but I enjoy cooking beef lasagna.
- With this homemade beef lasagna recipe, I hope that you will enjoy cooking beef lasagna too.
- Please note that in trying to feed my family a little less white flour and lot more whole grains, I most often cook beef lasagna with whole wheat pasta instead of white pasta. This can also make the lasagna more diabetic friendly by the way.
- The beef lasagna made with the substitution, whole wheat pasta will still be indulgent and delicious for someone who needs to have diabetic cooking specifically or for someone with no particular health condition at all.
Preparing beef lasagna
A homemade dish of beef lasagna
There are many different types of lasagna recipes available. Since beef lasagna is already a very rich dish, I try to incorporate healthier options among the ingredients used to make it.
- I almost always make beef lasagna with whole wheat and/or whole grain pasta not white pasta.
- One of the typical ingredients for preparing beef lasagna is ricotta cheese.
- Some healthier choice recipes will call for using cottage cheese in lieu of ricotta cheese.
I still stick with ricotta cheese which is an italian variety of the cottage cheese, but I use the part skim variety.
Ground meat for delicious beef lasagna recipe
So many varieties of lasagna recipes to choose from: making the dish your own
The first time I attempted to prepare my own lasagna, I was lucky to spot a lasagna recipe on the very first ingredient I picked up in the supermarket. It was the ribbon like lasagna pasta and the box boasted two types of recipes, "Quick and Easy Lasagna" or "Old fashioned Lasagna".
- It turns out that many different brands of the pasta for lasagna feature a lasagna recipe right on the box.
- Such a lasagna recipe is a good starting point and guide to help with preparing this beef lasagna dish.
- The more frequently you make beef lasagna, the more comfortable you will become with changing things around and replacing and/or adding some ingredients to make the beef lasagna dish more your own.
Hearty, delicious and satisfying homemade beef lasagna
Beef lasagna with a blend of mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese is meaty, savory, creamy and delicious. This recipe for hearty and satisfying beef lasagna is sure to please.
Cooking beef lasagna on a budget
With the beef lasagna dish as I prepare it with these photo illustrations, 16 people can be served! Talk about a money saving, delicious dish to prepare!
Preparing this beef lasagna is very good for if you're wanting to cook great tasting food on a budget. This beef lasagna recipe is best for a large family gathering or if you have friends over for a party.
Optionally, you can wrap beef lasagna leftovers in foil or plastic with an airtight seal, refrigerate and have beef lasagna leftovers for days. I haven't frozen and defrosted such a lasagna yet but am confident that it can freeze well also. (The beef lasagna recipe can also be halved if serving a smaller crowd)
Ingredients for beef lasagna
- organic basil and tomato pasta sauce
- boxed lasagna pasta (whole wheat or semolina)
- raw eggs
- ricotta cheese
- mozzarella cheese
- various spices including garlic, parsley and optional salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil
- optional hot pepper sauce
- ground beef
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Serves 14-16 people
Instructions for making beef lasagna
- To prepare this beef lasagna, start with 2 lb of ground beef. (The type of meat is of your choosing and ground turkey is another, even healthier alternative to ground beef) Cook the meat in a large skillet, adding sauce and spices after the meat has already been browned well over medium heat. I love spicy food and I add hot pepper even to lasagna, making a spicy lasagna that is not typical. Here are the recommended additions to the meat: •a full generous container of organic tomato and basil pasta sauce (approx. 26 oz), a brand of your choosing •2 tablespoons of hot pepper sauce •3 tbspn garlic
Ricotta Cheese - preparing a ricotta cheese mixture (with raw eggs), to be added to the beef lasagna
After you add the spices and sauce to the meat, allow it to simmer on low heat for at least ten minutes on the stovetop, then it will continue to cook when you later bake the beef lasagna in the oven.
2. Meanwhile, you can turn attention the the other ingredients that will be needed for the whole wheat beef lasagna. Take a large container (approx. 16 oz) of ricotta cheese and empty it into a bowl. You will also be mixing the cheese with spice for a beef lasagna that is far from bland. Sprinkle the ricotta cheese generously with parsley flakes and mix.
3. Break 3 eggs directly into the center of the bowl and fold into the ricotta cheese. Mix well.
4. Next, take a cutting board and cut 16oz of fresh part skim mozzarrella cheese into small cubes, as shown in the photo.
Pasta for making lasagna
Boiling the lasagna pasta
5. Set the two types of italian cheese (ricotta and mozzarella) aside for just a couple of minutes while you boil 2 boxes of lasagna pasta almost according to the directions on the boxes. Give it a few less minutes because it will also continue cooking while baked in the oven. Some of the "quick" lasagna recipes will say that you can place the pasta in the oven without boiling. I prefer the "old fashioned" way of boiling it for a few minutes first.
6. Once the pasta has boiled for at least 5-6 minutes, drain it well.
7. Use foil to line a large baking pan which can take the weight of all the ingredients for the beef lasagna.
8. Grease the foil with olive oil.
9. Use tongs to carefully lift the strips of pasta and line them side by side in the baking pan. Avoid tearing them.
Now for the layers of the beef lasagna
Layering the beef lasagna
10. On top of that 1st layer of pasta, spread some of the ricotta cheese mixture evenly until the pasta is fully covered.
11. Follow with adding some of the small mozzarella cheese cubes on top of the ricotta mixture.
12. By now, you can turn off the heat under the meat and begin scooping a layer of meat on top of the mozzarella
13. Repeat the layers of pasta, then ricotta cheese mixture, then mozzarella, then meat sauce until all ingredients are used up. You should be able to make 2-3 full layers.
The top layer of the beef lasagna
The final, top layer of the beef lasagna should be a layer of pasta.
Cooking the two boxes lasagna pasta might allow you to set aside any strips of lasagna pasta that become very torn or crumbled and not use them for the beef lasagna dish.
14. Bake the lasagna at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 40 minutes.
Cool slightly, serve and enjoy.
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© 2009 Nyesha Pagnou MPH
Nyesha Pagnou MPH (author) from USA on August 07, 2009:
thinking out loud, frogyfish and prasetio30, thanks a lot for your comments. I appreciate it. I'm glad you like it.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 07, 2009:
thanks for share. it was a delicious food. I never tasted it before.But %100 Yummy!
frogyfish from Central United States of America on June 21, 2009:
Right down my alley-I always use whole wheat too. This sounds just delicious. And I'm going now to read about your 'mock eggs'. Thanks for sharing!
thinking out loud on June 21, 2009:
Since we switched to whole wheat everything, this is a great recipe. and the turkey instead of beef is every bit as good. thanks for reminding people of the alternatives.
Nyesha Pagnou MPH (author) from USA on June 21, 2009:
Nancy, alek, ethel, kiran and R Burow, thank you all so much for coming by and leaving your nice comments on this hub. alekhouse, yes, it does take longer to make than many other things but it sure is worth it! R Burow, I'm glad you found an alternative here that you haven't tried before. The whole wheat is much healthier than the white pasta. I hope you'll give it a try.
R Burow from Florida, United States on June 21, 2009:
Journey, I have never used whole wheat lasagna. It sounds like a great alternative.Thanks.
kiran8 from Mangalore, India on June 20, 2009:
Sounds great, thanks a lot :)
Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on June 20, 2009:
Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on June 20, 2009:
Oh yes! I always use whole wheat pasta. This recipe looks great, but a little work intensive.
Nancy's Niche on June 20, 2009:
Another good recipe---thanks!