Dinner Tonight was…

Lasagna
Lasagna

Tonight I made Homemade Lasagna & Cheesy Garlic Bread, the recipes are after the break.

Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 container (15 oz.) Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2-1/2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 lasagna noodles, uncooked

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Brown meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Meanwhile, combine egg, ricotta, parsley, 1-1/4 cups mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan.
  3. Drain meat; return to skillet. Stir in pasta sauce. Add 1 cup of water to empty sauce jar; cover with lid and shake well. Add to meat mixture; stir until blended.
  4. Spread 1 cup meat sauce onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with layers of 3 lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the ricotta mixture and 1 cup of the remaining meat sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining noodles, meat sauce and cheeses. Cover with foil sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. Bake 1 hour or until heated through, removing foil after 45 min. Let stand 15 min. before cutting to serve

 

Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp Active Dry or instant yeast
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus some for dusting)
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup shredded cheese*

Directions

  1. Combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl and stir until the yeast and sugar are dissolved. Let them sit for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture develops a layer of foam on top.
  2. While the yeast is proofing, combine 1 cup of the flour and the salt in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Pour the yeast mixture and olive oil into the bowl with the flour and salt. Stir until the slurry is smooth and free of lumps. Begin adding more flour, about 1/3 cup at a time, until the mixture turns into a ball of dough (about 2 cups total flour).
  4. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface (I use parchment paper) that is lightly dusted with flour. Knead the dough until it is smooth and no longer sticky, adding only small amounts of flour as you go (about 5 minutes total). Place dough into a Separate bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray, cover with plastic, and let sit for one hour or until double in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375ÂşF. Punch down the risen dough, and roll it out onto parchment paper stretch it until it’s roughly the size of the baking sheet, leaving the dough about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
  6. Place the butter and minced garlic in a small dish and microwave for 30 seconds or until the butter is melted. Brush the butter and garlic mixture over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan over the butter and garlic. Finally, add the shredded cheese in an even layer over everything.
  7. Bake the bread for about 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cheese is melted and is just beginning to turn golden brown on the edges. Once baked, slice the Cheesy Garlic Bread down the center lengthwise, then across into ten strips, about 1-inch wide. This can be Served with pizza sauce for dipping.
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