Mama’s Lasagna

It has been a while since I have made this fantastic lasagna. We found out that our son is allergic to milk about a year ago, so this recipe has been on the back burner for a while. I had the opportunity to bring dinner to a family in our ward last night, so I pulled this recipe out again, and I am glad I did. I made up two pans, one to deliver, and one for my family at home.  We had to prepare another dish for my son to eat, but he didn’t complain. (I am so thankful for that! He is only four, and don’t get me wrong, he acts like a four year old in many, many ways! But when it comes to his milk allergy, and not being able to eat certain foods, he is seriously so mature about it! It blows my mind how responsible he is about checking if food has milk in it before he takes a bite.) For my husband and I and our one year old however, this lasagna was a real treat!

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Talk about comfort food! Don’t you just want to sink your fork into that piping hot lasagna? I love that the weather is finally cooling off again, and we can use the oven for an extended amount of time. ( This Lasagna takes and hour to bake!) It makes the kitchen nice and warm and fills the house with a wonderful aroma.

This recipe is pretty easy to throw together, and it makes enough for left overs which we either promptly devour over the next day or two, or we split up into individual serving sizes and freeze for a rainy day. I have also prepared this lasagna and frozen it before baking, and it works out great that way too, it just takes longer to thaw/cook.

Here is the recipe! Enjoy!

Mama’s Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 Package Lasagna noodles(I usually don't use them all)
  • One 8 oz bottle Ragu tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 lb Cooked ground beef
  • Onion powder to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • One 8 oz tub cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella cheese separated

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Ferenheight
  2. Combine Ragu with 3/4 cup water. (This will make the sauce runny, but it works out in the end I promise. In this recipe we do not precook the noodles, so the extra water is absorbed by the noodles.)
  3. Cook ground beef, drain excess oil, set aside.
  4. Mix cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, egg and seasonings in a medium bowl, set aside.
  5. Line the bottom of pan with uncooked lasagna noodles.
  6. Pour about half of the runny tomato sauce mixture over the noodles.
  7. Evenly spread all of the ground beef over the sauce.
  8. Layer all of the cheese mixture on top.
  9. Layer with more noodles, followed by remaining tomato sauce mixture.
  10. Top with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  11. sprinkle all seasonings over the top of the cheese.
  12. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 min at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  13. Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
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Freezer Friendly Meals

It is always nice to have freezer meals available at home. Whether you are stocking up your freezer to prepare for the upcoming busy school year, or you are getting ready to have a baby, meals in your freezer give you a sense of security. There are a couple different types of freezer meals that I use, ones that are frozen before they are baked, and ones that are cooked and then frozen in individual serving sizes. I personally prefer the latter, but use both.

Precooked Individual Serving Size Freezer Meals:

The meals that can be cooked first are nice because they can be frozen in individual serving sizes. This makes it convenient to pull out the desired amount and quickly warm in the microwave at a moments notice. I especially love doing this with soups and enchiladas. Click the links below to find recipes that I enjoy freezing in individual serving sizes.

Taco Soup

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas with White Sauce (Coming Soon)

Spaghetti

Tatter Tot Casserole (Coming Soon)

Asian Pulled Pork (Coming Soon)

How to Freeze Soup:

My mom taught me this nifty trick for freezing soup without tying up your dishes in the freezer. Check it out.

How to Freeze Soup

Ingredients

  • Soup
  • Muffin Tins
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Sandwich Bags
  • Gallon Bags
  • Permanent marker

Instructions

  1. Scoop soup into muffin tins.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
  3. Set on a level surface in the freezer until completely frozen.
  4. Once frozen, thaw out the soup just a little bit by setting the muffin tin in a cookie sheet filled with warm water.
  5. Use a fork to remove the frozen soup cups.
  6. Put two or three of the frozen soup cups into individual sandwich baggies.
  7. I like to double bag them to protect from freezer burn by placing all of the individual baggies into a gallon size freezer bag.
  8. Be sure to label baggies with the date and contents.
  9. When you are ready for a single serving of soup, place a few frozen soup cups in the microwave for a couple minutes and it is good to go!
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Recipes That are Frozen Before They are Baked:

These recipes serve their purpose too. Since they are not cooked yet, they take up a larger family sized dish. These are great if you know you will have company, and don’t want to miss out by spending all your time in the kitchen. However, they typically require advanced notice as they can take several hours to thaw/cook. These meals don’t work so well on those nights when 5:00 sneaks up on you and you haven’t prepared anything for dinner yet. You kinda have to plan in advance to use these type of freezer meals, which is why I don’t like them as much as the precooked individual serving size ones. I do however like to use these on Sundays. I let them thaw while we are gone to church, and then come home and bake them for an hour or so. Sometimes it is nice to have a break from all the meal prep and still have a home cooked meal. Some of my  favorite recipes to freeze before they are baked are listed below. Click the links to get my recipes.

Mama’s Lasagna

White Vegetarian Lasagna with Artichokes and Mushrooms (Coming Soon)

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