Classic Lasagna!

3Classic Lasagna

There is nothing like a good classic lasagna for supper, so today I am sharing my number one lasagna recipe with you! Now don’t be scared away by the “made with 5 cheeses” bit…. Any “one” type of cheese will work! I just love, love, love cheese and always have at least 10 different kinds in my fridge — and no, I’m not kidding!

All you need is:

  • 1 package of Ground Beef
  • 1 chopped, medium-sized onion
  • 1 cup of chopped mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 dashes of Hot Sauce
  • 1 can of diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can of your favorite type of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tub of Cottage Cheese
  • 1 tub of Ricotta Cheese (Optional)
  • 2 Cups of shredded cheese (Mozzarella and/or Cheddar)
  • 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
  • 1/2 tsp of crushed Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp of Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp of Thyme
  • 1 pinch each, of Salt & Pepper
  • 1 box of Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles

Step One: In a large skillet or frying pan, add ground beef, mushrooms, onions, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high for about seven to ten minutes, or until fully cooked and then drain.

Step Two: Add diced tomatoes, hot sauce, tomato sauce, crushed garlic and the oregano and thyme to the ground beef mixture. Simmer on medium heat for about ten minutes. (Don’t worry about draining the diced tomatoes, the extra juice will help the noodles cook!)

Step Three: Layer the bottom of your casserole dish with a single layer or noodles. I typically use a 8″ x 11″ casserole dish, but if you wanted to make two smaller square sized lasagna’s, that works too! (This is great for smaller sized families, because you can eat one lasagna and freeze the other one for another night!)

Step Four: Cover the single layer of noodles with about half of the ground beef-sauce mixture. Make sure that the noodles are fully covered, and then lay down another single layer of noodles.

Step Five: Spread the whole tub of cottage cheese over the second layer of noodles, and then cover the layer of cottage cheese with a layer of ricotta cheese…. Mmm!

Step Six: Place another layer of noodles down over the cottage cheese/ricotta cheese layer, and then cover the noodles with the remainder or the ground beef-sauce mixture.

Step Seven: Sprinkle the two cups of shredded cheese on top of everything, and then sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese.

Step Eight: Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of baking for a crispier top.

Step Nine: Let stand for five minutes, serve, and enjoy! ūüôā


Double-Baked-SMASHED! Potatoes

Double-Baked-SMASHED! Potatoes — Prep Time: 60 minutes, Bake Time 20 min

These Double-Baked-Smashed!-Potatoes are probably my most favorite ¬†BBQ/dinner side! Not only are these potatoes super yummy, they are also very simple to make…. Just follow the recipe below for detailed instructions, and enjoy! ūüôā

All you’ll need is:

  • ¬†8 Potatoes
  • ¬†1 package of Cream Cheese
  • ¬†1 small Onion, chopped
  • ¬†1/8 cup of Ranch Dressing
  • ¬†1 1/2 cups of Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • ¬†1 Tbsp. of Margarine or Butter
  • ¬†1/4 cup of Milk or Cream
  • ¬†1/4 Tsp. of crushed Garlic
  • ¬†1/2 package of diced, cooked Bacon or Bacon Bits
  • ¬†Dash of Salt & Pepper
  • ¬†Fresh Chives for garnish

Step One: Wash and slice all of the potatoes in half, the long way. Place all potato halves face down on a baking sheet. Cover the bottom of the baking sheet with 1cm of water, and bake in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tip: If you are worried about the potatoes sticking, cover the baking sheet with a light coating of vegetable oil or butter.

Step Two: After potatoes have been baked and cooled to touch, use a spoon to carefully scrape out the potato skins into a large bowl.

Step Three:¬†Add the milk and butter to the potatoes, and mash as you would in order to make “regular” mashed potatoes.

Tip: Reheat the mixture in the microwave to help with mashing.

Step Four:¬†Set aside 1 cup of cheese and 1/2 of the bacon. Mix and mash — (or SMASH!), all of the other ingredients into the bowl, (except for the chives).

Step Five: Spoon the mashed potato mixture back into the potato skins and place them back on to the cookie sheet. Next sprinkle the remaining cheese and bacon on top.

Tip: I like to pre-mix the bacon and cheese in a separate bowl before sprinkling it onto the potatoes. This helps to ensure and even-distribution to each potato!

Step Six: Place the potatoes back into the oven bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until the cheese is melted on top.

Step Seven: Sprinkle fresh chives on top, serve with sour cream, and enjoy!


Easy, Cheesy, Cabbage Rolls! – Made with Red Cabbage

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Mmm…….¬†Try this yummy family sized dinner! (8-10 rolls!) It’s so easy, savoury and delicious, you’ll want to eat another one…. and another one! Trust me — I just ate 4! (Ooops!!!)
What you’ll need:
– 2 cups of rice (I like to use wild long grain mixed with regular)
– 1 package of hamburger
– 1 medium onion (diced)
– 1 package of mushrooms (chopped)
– 2 packets of chicken bullion
– 2 tblsp of Worcestershire sauce
– 4 dashes of hot sauce
– 1/2 tsp of thyme
– 1/4 tsp of salt
– 1/4 tsp of pepper
– 1 can of tomatoes (diced)
– 1 can of tomato soup
– 2 cups of old cheddar cheese (shredded)
– 1 red cabbage (green works just as well!)
Step 1: In a super-big frying pan, add mushrooms, onions, hamburger, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, thyme, salt and pepper. Fry on medium heat.
Step 2: Prepare rice in a separate pot.
Step 3: Once both are ready, combine the rice  into the hamburger mixture. Then add the bullion cubes, 3/4 of the chopped tomatoes, and 1/4 of the can of tomato soup. Stir and simmer on low.
Step 4: Boil and peel cabbage.
Step 5: Put about 1/2 cup of the rice mixture onto 1 cabbage leaf, sprinkle with cheese, and roll. Repeat for about 9 more rolls, placing each roll into a rectangular, oven-safe baking dish. 
Step 6: Combine the remaining diced tomatoes and tomato soup in a separate bowl, and then pour over the cabbage rolls. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top, and cover with foil.
Step 7: Bake in the oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Serving Tip! – If I have any remaining rice leftover, ¬†I will make a bed of rice on the plate to lay my cabbage roll on. I then add a dollop of sour cream, and chives to garnish… (Sooooo YUMMY!!!!)
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