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Lasagna Casserole While the meat is cooking, boil the noodles according to package directions until al dente. Mix crushed tomatoes with diced tomatoes, browned ground beef, and Italian seasoning. How to Make Easy Lasagna Casserole Putting this casserole together starts by combining the ricotta cheese, an egg, and some Italian seasoning.

Hey everyone, it is Jim, welcome to our recipe site. Today, we’re going to make a special dish, lasagna casserole. One of my favorites food recipes. For mine, I’m gonna make it a little bit tasty. This will be really delicious.

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To begin with this recipe, we have to first prepare a few ingredients. You can have lasagna casserole using 21 ingredients and 5 steps. Here is how you cook it.

The ingredients needed to make Lasagna Casserole:

  1. {Make ready 16 oz of uncooked pasta, shape is your choice. I use elbow mac, rotini, or penne. If you can find mini lasagna noodles go for it, bow tie works good too.
  2. {Get 2 cups of or so Mozzarella cheese for topping.
  3. {Make ready of Sauce.
  4. {Take 2 lbs of ground meat, personally we like 1/2 beef and 1/2 venison. You could use pork, turkey, sausage, whatever.
  5. {Prepare 1-2 tbsp of olive oil, if your meat lacks fat.
  6. {Get 1/2 of large onion, diced.
  7. {Take 3-4 cloves of minced garlic.
  8. {Take to taste of Salt and pepper.
  9. {Get 1 tbsp of dried basil, oregano, and parsley.
  10. {Take 44 oz of jar of pasta sauce, and a little water to rinse out the jar.
  11. {Get 6 oz of can of tomato paste (optional for more intense tomato flavor).
  12. {Take 1 tbsp of cooking sherry.
  13. {Make ready 1-2 tbsp of red wine vinegar (cuts the sweetness).
  14. {Prepare Pinch of sugar to bring flavors together.
  15. {Take of Cheese filling layer.
  16. {Prepare 24 oz of cottage cheese or ricotta (full fat tastes best).
  17. {Prepare 2 of eggs.
  18. {Prepare 2 tbsp of parsley.
  19. {Make ready 1/2 tsp of pepper (use slightly more if coarse ground).
  20. {Get 1/2 cup of grated parmesan.
  21. {Get 8 oz of shredded Mozzarella cheese.

Set this aside, it'll be used to top the casserole. The casserole is topped with the remaining beef and pasta mixture and a generous amount of shredded mozzarella and a little shredded Parmesan. Make it a Freezer Meal This dish fares very well when frozen. This easy lasagna casserole recipe (or baked rotini as it's also called) is as simple as it is delicious.

Instructions to make Lasagna Casserole:

  1. Bring large pot of water to boil, salt water and cook noodles to al dente. Drain and set aside..
  2. Brown meat, and as meat is getting close to done add in onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until onions are getting translucent, and add herbs (oregano, parsley, and basil). Then add pasta sauce and tomato paste if using. Stir well together, add the vinegar and sherry. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, add the sugar, then let simmer together for an hour. Watch bottom of pan that it doesn't scorch..
  3. Heat oven to 375. Put your cheese and two eggs into a bowl, beat together until smooth (important for if you use cottage cheese instead of ricotta, helps smooth out out. Cottage cheese also spreads easier during assembly). Stir in pepper, parsley, and parmesan. Finally mix in Mozzarella cheese..
  4. Once all your components are assembled, spray a 11×16 casserole pan with cooking spray. You will assemble starting with 1/3 of the noodles, 1/3 of the sauce, and 1/2 of cheese mixture. Repeat the layers, and end with last third of noodles topped with sauce. Finally spread 2 cups of Mozzarella cheese over top of the casserole..
  5. Cover with foil, bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes, if you want the cheese on top browned and slightly more crispy put under the broiler for a hot minute. Allow to cool for 10 minutes to set up before dishing up. Feed to hungry children and husband!.

This recipe combines tender pasta, spices, hearty ground beef, tomato sauce and plenty of cheese. It's a family favorite dinner at our house. And if you happen to have leftovers, those heat up for an incredible meal the next day. Spread pasta mixture on bottom of casserole dish. Top with meat mixture and then sprinkle remaining Mozzarella cheese over the top.

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