Lasagna is Garfield’s favorite dish & one of mine, too.

It can be made with or without meat, and any combination of veggie ingredients can find there way into this dish.

Cheese is often a hefty part of good lasagnas, mixing and matching in layers, then melted together… oh baby, I just drooled on the keyboard. Pardon me. It’s not impossible to make a great lasagna without cheese, today I’ll be making both.

Ingredients:

As for specific ingredients to build your lasagna I like ground beef, beans, and a mixture of diced veggies.  Thing is, this dish is also great for including leftover ingredients like pasta sauce, sausage, hamburgers or bean salads.

Prep: Cook: Ready: Serves: Cost:
10m 40m 50m 4 $8.00

Directions:

Starting with the lasagna noodles – examine the cooking directions on the noodle box to figure out if they need pre-cooking or not.  Also, ensure you have a pan, or pans, deep enough and well-fitting for the noodles you will be using.  we intend to STACK LAYERS of noodles in between what we slow cook to create our lasagna.

Beans may take a while if you start with them dry. It is very cost effective and dry beans have a long shelf life. But you’ll need a whole day to soak most dry beans from scratch. Canned beans or chili are a great way to get this started quickly.

Step 1: Add 1 full-diced red or white onion to Dutch-oven pot (or slow roaster) with olive oil.

Step 2: Add beef and veggies and/or cooked beans and potatoes – to slow cooker/dutch oven.  Set Dutch-oven on the stove at half-heat, in order to cook the beef and simmer all ingredients into a thick paste.

Step 3: Start on 350º for 20 mins total. Reduce heat gradually over time.  Stir to make a delicious ‘mash’.

Step 4: After prepping the base sauce, (mash,) and setting up the appropriate pan for baking, let’s make the LASAGNA LAYERS.

Step 5: Starting with an un-oiled pan simply lay the first noodle(s) in and cover with the base sauce.

Step 6: Create layers of noodles, sauce, and cheese as desired.  Cheese that is first mixed with egg, will taste richer and will hold together evenly.

Step 7: Once the pan is filled with noodles and sauce complete with a final layer of cheese and cover with tinfoil.  If you think it may be too runny, you can poke holes in the tinfoil, (thus baking the top layer to a crisp.) or you can leave it fully covered and that will lock in the moisture.

Finally, serve lasagna with fresh salads and a white wine.  Give ‘er a go.

Lasagna – leftovers best friend.  Mash it all up in a pot, add tomato sauce and layer it between noodles in a dish.  So simple, plus it makes perfect frozen leftovers for a later day.