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Basic Lasagna in Three Easy Steps

July 27th, 2012 Cooking

Lasagna is a rare dish that not only tastes excellent as leftovers, it may taste even better after it's had a day or two to sit around because the flavors have the chance to mingle a little more. What's great about lasagna is that it's incredibly easy to make - it may take a little while to prepare the ingredients and assemble them, but the actual cooking process is a breeze. There are plenty of ways you can spruce it up, but the most basic recipe can be prepared in three steps, according to the Reluctant Gourmet. If you're looking for something the kids won't be able to resist, this is it. Here's a simple way to prepare an Italian classic.

Ingredients 4 cups tomato or meat sauce 1 - 1 1/2 pounds lasagna noodles 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese 32 oz. ricotta cheese 2 1/2 pounds Mozzarella cheese A pinch of dried oregano, thyme, and basil Salt and pepper Olive oil

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees and bring a pot of water to a boil if you're using standard lasagna noodles (you can also find ones that don't require boiling). In a large bowl, mix the eggs, Parmesan and ricotta, seasoning with salt, pepper and the other spices.

Next, coat the bottom of a few baking pans with the olive oil and add a little bit of tomato sauce. From there, it's time to start constructing the lasagna! There are no strict rules, but try to alternate between layers of pasta, mozzarella, sauce and the ricotta mixture. Stick it in the oven for about 35 or 45 minutes and you're done!

According to AllRecipes, you can add things like ground beef or sausage to give your lasagna an extra kick. It's a very versatile dish, so don't be afraid to experiment once you've got the basics down.