The first dish we chose was Lasagna. We will show you 3 different ways to make this 1 dish and we welcome your ideas as well.
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Ravioli and Spinach Lasagna
|Ravioli & Spinach Lasagna|
I usually make the basic lasagna that everyone makes with sauce, noodles, meat and cheese but recently I tried this ravioli/lasagna hybrid and we all love it so much that this is the only way I make lasagna now.
2 bags frozen (or refrigerated) ravioli's, thawed out. I get 1 bag of cheese and 1 bag of meat.
1 bag frozen spinach
1 lbs hamburger cooked and drained
1 jar spaghetti sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (more or less depending on taste)
Step 1: Prep Spinach and Cook Meat-
You will want to thaw out the spinach and rinse in a colander.
Then scoop it all up into a clean, dry kitchen towel (a sturdy paper towel may work but most likely will break apart).
Make sure the spinach is nested into the center of the towel, wrap around and squeeze ALL the water out.. You have no idea how much water is in there. I use twisting, wringing motions to get it all out. Don't panic if it turns your towel slightly green, this will wash out.
|Spinach after al water has been|
Cook hamburger meat and drain grease-Hamburger can be optional, my hubby is a total meat eater so I include this but you could easily leave it out if you wanted/needed.
|1st layer of lasagna|
Layer ravioli's 4 across in rows. I like to alternate mine 1 row cheese, 1 row meat. You can also just use all cheese or all meat ravioli's if you want.
Once there is a solid layer of ravioli's all the way across the pan take 1/2 of the spinach and sprinkle on top.
|Lasagna all done and ready to devour|
Spread ALL of the hamburger/sauce mixture on top of the 1st layer of the lasagna.
Repeat with the ravioli's, remainder of spinach, sauce and then the rest of the cheese.
Step 3: Bake Lasagna-
Cover lasagna with foil and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.
This goes great paired with cheesy garlic pinwheels (recipe coming soon) or Tanya's garlic bread and a side salad.
"Mexican Style" Lasagna.
My mother HATES pasta, she gets sick when she has eaten it (I think it's in her head because she eats plain spaghetti with butter just fine). On the other hand my brother and I LOVE It!! We always wondered what lasagna would taste like, because we would watch the Garfield cartoons and that is what his weakness was.
One day at a spaghetti factory I had a delicious piece of lasagna and feel in love! I wanted to recreate it but this was before the Internet was so common and also I did not have any cookbooks so I decided to use ingredients I thought would taste good together, I knew it was meat cheese and pasta so away I went.
You will need..
about 1 to 2 lbs of ground beef
1 large can of tomato sauce (the biggest one) or 4-5 regular cans
fresh or canned sliced mushrooms ( fresh is even better)
shredded jack cheese
shredded Cotija cheese (like the one from the cheesy potatoes post)
extra virgin olive oil
In a pot pour a bit of olive oil and throw in the ground beef, add oregano, garlic powder, basil, salt and pepper (whatever amount you'd like just don't be skimpy with it) cook the meat fully. After it is cooked I like to drain the fat by throwing the meat in a large colander and throwing it back in the pot, add tomato sauce and mushrooms and cook for another 10 minutes add a little more oregano and more garlic.
Next Step layer your lasagna!
place cooked lasagna on bottom of pan, add meat sauce, cotija cheese and jack cheese and repeat! cover pan with foil so top lasagna doesn't burn or you can finish with cheese on top of the lasagna as well.
pop in the oven at 375 degrees until cheese is melted serve with garlic bread!
*Please excuse pictures blogger keeps turning them sideways when uploading.
Italian Style Lasagna.