Lasagna Night!

Who needs gluten when you have this mouthwatering and easy-make lasagna.   It’s also freezable, makes for yummy lunch leftovers the next day, and…did I mention this recipe is super easy?  Prep time is only about 30 minutes but plan ahead because you will need 1 1/2 hours of baking time plus another 30 minutes to let it rest before diving in.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

2 Packages of Gluten Free Lasagna Noodles – do not cook –  (Tinkyada is my personal favorite)

1 Pound Ground Beef (don’t cook it yet)

1/2 Pound Sweet Italian Sausage (don’t cook it yet either)

2 (15 ounce) Cans Tomato Sauce

1 tsp. Salt

2 T. Sugar

1/2 tsp. Marjoram (optional if you don’t have it)

1/2 tsp. Sage

2 T. Olive Oil

1 T. Onion Powder

1 T. Italian Seasoning

15 Ounce Ricotta Cheese

2 Eggs

1/2 tsp. Freshly Cracked Pepper

2 T. Grated Parmesan

2 C. Shredded Mozzarella

1 C. Italian 5 Cheese Blend

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch casserole pan with gluten free non-stick spray such as original Pam Spray.

Whisk together the tomato sauce with the next 7 ingredients:  salt, sugar, marjoram, sage, olive oil, onion powder, and Italian seasoning

Pour only enough sauce into the prepared casserole dish to evenly coat the bottom.

Make a single layer of uncooked lasagna noodles on top of the sauced dish.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the ricotta, eggs, and cracked pepper.

Evenly sprinkle 1/2 of the raw (yes. raw. just like meatloaf goes into the oven raw.) beef and sausage over the noodles.

Pour 1/2 of the ricotta mixture over the meat.

Sprinkle 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese over the ricotta.

Repeat all layers, beginning with more uncooked lasagna noodles, sauce, etc. making sure to to reserve enough sauce to cover the final layer of noodles (about 1/2 cup).

Finish with a final layer of lasagna noodles.  Evenly spread the remaining sauce over the noodles and top with the Italian 5 Cheese Blend.

Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours in a preheated oven.  Allow the lasagna to sit (covered) for an additional 30 minutes before uncovering and slicing.

Enter lasagna heaven.  IMG_0367

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