Cooking is not my favorite thing. I often find myself procrastinating starting dinner so it takes me much longer than it should to make a meal. I get tired of the same meals, yet I have little time to scour the internet or cookbooks.
Lasagna is a meal I rarely make because in my mind it takes way too long to prepare and far too many ingredients. However, several nights ago I found myself craving lasagna and decided to simply go for it without a recipe, combining what I’ve used in various recipes we’ve enjoyed.
Pioneer Woman and Joanna Gaines make amazing lasagna recipes, which I’ve used for the last several years. But when I made lasagna recently my family requested that I never make any other lasagna than this one.
When I realized how much they enjoyed it, I quickly wrote down a recipe because I knew I’d never remember what I did.
2 pounds ground beef
1 TBS Italian seasoning
1 TBS garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp pepper
4-5 garlic cloves minced
3 cans Italian diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 block cream cheese
8 oz cottage cheese
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Fresh mozzerella cut into small pieces
Brown meat, add spices, garlic, tomatoes.
In a large bowl mix cream cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, and 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese.
In a cast iron dutch oven (I’m convinced this makes the best lasagna) layer meat, noodles, cheese mixture, fresh mozzarella cheese. Repeat for 3 layers. Top with 2 cups shredded cheese.
Cover and bake 350 for 1 and 1/2 hours. Uncover 10-15 minutes until browned. Let sit to firm up at least 30 minutes.
Even better as leftovers. Cast iron is the only way to cook. And did you know you don’t need to boil lasagna noodles? Simply throw those babies in and they will cook up perfectly!! I wish I had known this the last 20 years I’ve made lasagna. You don’t even need to buy “no bake” noodles.