Friday, August 10, 2007

My family and I watch Rachel Ray every morning. We have made a couple of her recipes. One of her recipes is a Lasagna Casserole. Everyone liked it. We had it for two meals. That's how good it was. You should try it!

Lasagna Casserole

1 lb. curly-shaped pasta
1 lb. ground beef
1 carrot, grated
1 onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, grated
1 T. olive oil
Black Pepper
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup basil leaves, shredded or torn (or 2 T. dried basil)
A handful of parsley, coarsely chopped
2 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a pot of water to boil for the pasta. Once at a boil, add pasta. Cook just shy of al dente leaving a good bite to it.

Lightly brown the ground beef and drain of excess fat. Cook the carrot, onions and garlic in olive oil until softened. Add to drained ground beef. Break up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon in a colander over a bowl to crush them up. Add them to beef and vegetables. Add stock, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Fold in basil and parsley.

When the pasta is ready, drain it and return it to the pot. Add the ricotta cheese and sauce. Toss to coat. Transfer pasta to a casserole dish and top with parmesan cheese.

Bake 15 minutes or so, until top crusts up a bit.

Yield 6 servings.


Tammy said...

A great way to make lasagna easily! I like many of Rachel Ray's recipes, too. said...

It looks good, Abbie-- the only change I would make for myself is: I would use soy ground "beef" instead of real meat (I know that Ben wouldn't like that!).

Hmmm... I think I may actually try this recipe, with the soy substitution. Jennifer and I like lasagna.

-Uncle Allen

Barbara Allen Moore said...

Hey Abbie we saw the same show and made that same recipe! It was really good. I didn't think I'd like it because I dont care for Lasagna but this was really great.