Hey ya’ll! This week’s recipe is Hearty Beef & Tomato Lasagna! My family has always enjoyed this thick, rich and delicious Italian dish. When our kids were growing up, making lasagna took a lot longer to prep since the lasagna noodles had to be cooked first. With the convenience of oven ready noodles, now the prep time for lasagna is pretty much cut in half! I must say, this is an enormous bonus! Total prep time from start to finish with Hearty Beef & Tomato Lasagna is between 35 and 40 minutes! And bake time only takes about an hour.
With a little planning, Hearty Beef & Tomato Lasagna can be put together in the morning, covered with foil and stored in the refrigerator. Then pulled from the fridge and baked when you get home! And that bake time is enough to make a yummy tossed green salad and savory garlic bread to go with dinner!
To get this delicious lasagna recipe going, first saute bell pepper and onion in canola oil. Then add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink.
Depending on your preferences, you can substitute the ground beef with ground turkey or bulk pork sausage, too! Yum!
Once the ground beef is no longer pink, drain the excess fat. Then add the tomato paste, spaghetti sauce and the roasted garlic diced tomatoes. I’ve got to tell you, the roasted garlic, diced tomatoes are so yummy and add another depth of flavor to Hearty Beef & Tomato Lasagna! My favorite brand to use is Hunt’s. This is also the time to add the basil, oregano, granulated garlic and black pepper. Once the meat sauce is stirred together well, set it aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the Ricotta cheese and the eggs. Then add half of the Parmesan and half of the Mozzarella cheese to the mixture and stir together well, then set aside.
Begin layering the ingredients into a pan (greased or sprayed with non-stick spray). Use the yummy meat sauce for first layer.
Top the meat sauce with a layer of oven ready noodles (about four). Then top the noodles with a layer of the cheese mixture. Add another layer of meat sauce and repeat the layers.
Top Hearty Beef & Tomato Lasagna with the additional Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses. Then sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
Bake Hearty Beef & Tomato Lasagna in a preheated oven (375’F) for about an hour or until a meat thermometer reads 165’F when inserted into the center. Let the lasagna rest for approximately ten minutes before serving. Then enjoy!!
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