This weekend, Abel decided (very last minute) to invite 5 people over (in addition to the 4 of us). Our old fail-safe dinner for that many people (aside from fajitas) is lasagna. Everyone loves lasagna but the only problem is that we always end up in a war over which recipe to use--my mom's recipe or his mom's recipe. In the end, we compromised and made his mom's recipe but used homemade noodles (I was pretty insistent) and added a lot of extra cheese. Homemade noodles really make it. Anyway, I wanted to share with you the recipe:
1 lb. hamburger or sausage (I make 1.5 times the recipe because I really like sauce)
1 T olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
1 T parsley flakes
1 T basil
2 tsp salt
1 20oz can petite diced tomatoes
1 6oz can tomato paste
2 12oz cartons large curd cream style cottage cheese (3c)
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 T parsley flakes
1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
10 oz pkg noodles (or homemade)
1 lb mozzarella shredded (I add a LOT more)
Brown meat in oil. Add garlic, basil, salt, tomatoes, and tomato paste. Simmer uncovered until thick (about 1 hour). Stir occasionally.
Cottage Cheese Mixture:
Combine cottage cheese, eggs (beaten), salt, pepper, parsley flakes, and parmesan cheese.
Cook noodles in boiling water until tender. Drain and rinse in cold water.
Place 1/2 the noodles in a 13x9 baking pan. Spread 1/2 the cottage cheese mixture over the noodles and top with 1/2 the mozarella cheese and 1/2 the meat mixtures. Repeat.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly in the center.