- Preparation time
- 20 mins
- Cooking time
- 60 mins
- 8 people
- Meal course
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- Posted on
- November 24, 2019
Craving for lasagna but you need it pronto?
This recipe is a cheat-sheet of a classic lasagna recipe and still tastes amazing.
Lasagna is like being in a relationship. Even if you feel like you’re perfect for each other, you’ll eventually learn secrets about each other that can make room for growth. Like making lasagna, here are secrets and hacks that you can do to develop to perfection the taste of your lasagna.
First off, lasagna noodles need structure. Make sure you take out the noodles on time and keep it very al dente. We don’t want to get the noodles all mushed up since it’s going to hold the ingredients in between them. To prevent your noodles from getting stuck together, get your partner to do the beef while you slick some oil and place the noodles on the baking sheet.
Another thing to keep in mind is to strain the excess fat from the beef. You don’t want that greasy flavour in your lasagna. With the ricotta mixture, one secret is adding cinnamon. Season it generously with cheese, salt, and pepper.
Lastly, cook the lasagna all the way through. Let your lasagna sit for about 15 minutes, then get help from your partner to get it out from the oven as you prepare the dining table with slices of garlic bread and wine.
- Preheat oven to 190ºC and cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and drizzle a bit of olive oil to prevent noodles from sticking together.
- 2. Heat oil on high heat in another pot. Cook ground beef until no longer pink, breaking up with a wooden spoon, then drain fat. Return beef to skillet and add garlic and oregano and stir for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, then add marinara and stir until warmed through.
- 3. Combine ricotta, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and parsley in a large mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- 4. On a large casserole dish, layer a thin layer of meat sauce, lasagna noodles, ricotta mixture, and mozzarella. Repeat until it ends with Parmesan and mozzarella at the top.
- 5. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes, then increase temperature to 200ºC and bake uncovered for 18 to 20 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve.