Brandi's Famous Lasagna
This is super easy and I did "shortcut"on the sauce this time! I used to make sauce from scratch which easily took 8 to 12 hours! Who has time for that now? Here is a super easy and yummy recipe for my lasagna that has always been a huge hit!Here's what you need:
1/2 lb ground beef (or more to taste)
1/2 lb ground Italian sausage (or more to taste)
24 oz ricotta cheese
16 oz Mozzarella cheese
8 oz Parmesan cheese
1 can diced tomato
grape jelly (yes! grape jelly!)
Put your ground beef and your Italian sausage in a pan to brown. You can also boil your noodles at this time so once they are finished they have time to cool down.
While your meat and noodles are cooking start mixing your cheese! Put the ricotta cheese in a large bowl.
You will mix your basil, rosemary, minced onion, oregano, 1 egg, and about 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and about 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.
Add about one cup of grape jelly. Trust me it makes this so much better! It cuts the acidity in the sauce and tomato's and gives the sauce a great flavor.
Add your can of tomato's. (In the picture I was making a double serving so I ended up switching pans. The recipe is for just one. No worries!)
Let the meat, tomato's, and jelly simmer for about five minutes. While it is simmering let your noodles cool so they will be ready to layer.
Add your sauce. One jar is fine. I am using a 44 oz jar in the picture. (My family likes extra sauce for their bread, etc)
Your sauce should be done, so layer it on top of the cheese mixture and repeat step six and seven.
Once your layers are finished top with cheese. I used a ton! Probably about 2-3 cups of mozzarella and Parmesan.
Put your lasagna in the oven at 350 for about 45 minutes.
Take out your lasagna and enjoy!!