Cheddar Lasagna Recipe

A recipe for and description of the process of making a delicious cheddar lasagna without the traditional ricotta or cottage cheese usually used.

Lasagna traditionally includes ricotta or cottage cheese, which makes a delicious meal. You can, however, also make a wonderfully delicious lasagna without those cheeses and including non-traditional cheddar cheese. Here's how to do it:

The Sauce

First you need to make the sauce. Use this simple but wonderful spaghetti sauce recipe (or one of your own--or even store-bought sauce if you're in a hurry and don't mind using less delicious makings).

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 6-ounce can tomato paste

2 6-ounce cans water

2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce

1 clove garlic, minced (or garlic powder to taste)

1/2 green pepper, chopped

1/2 cup onion, chopped

Salt (to taste)

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 4-ounce can mushrooms

Brown the ground beef along with the onion, green pepper, and spices. Drain. Add the rest of the ingredients and heat to boiling. Simmer for as long as practical--longer is better. You could crockpot it, too; 4 or 5 hours on low would do nicely.



Assembling the Lasagna

1 box lasagna noodles

1 pound cheddar cheese (sharp is best), sliced

1 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced

1 pound Monterrey Jack cheese, sliced

Parmesan cheese (grated, dry, in shaker)

Boil the noodles until almost done. Slice the cheeses in moderately thick slices (1/8th to 1/4 inch). Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Lay out three noodles to cover the bottom of the pan. (Use scrap pieces if necessary to cover the surface.) Spread 1/3 of the sauce mixture over the noodles. Add a layer of cheese slices, alternating the varieties to get a good mix of cheese flavors. Sprinkle some Parmesan over the sliced cheese layer.

Repeat this process three times. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove the foil for the last five minutes to brown the top.

Serve with garlic bread and a salad.

After you eat this version of lasagna, you'll be amazed at how good it is--even if it doesn't use the traditional ingredients.

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