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Lasagna to Feed a Crowd!

In honor of the snowy weekend, my friend Matt and I made a MASSIVE veggie and meat lasagna for a huge group of our friends on Saturday. Lasagna is super easy and fun to make and such a crowd pleaser, so I just had to share the recipe :)  003

Lasagna To Feed A Crowd

(serves about 10 people)

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lb very lean ground beef or turkey (or kidney beans for vegetarians!)
  • 3 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • One small onion, chopped
  • Two 26 oz. jars tomato sauce
  • Chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp. each dried parsley, oregano, and crushed red pepper
  • 14 lasagna noodles (preferably whole wheat)
  • About 3/4 of a 32 oz. container of part skim ricotta cheese
  • 6 C chopped fresh (or frozen) spinach
  • Fresh vegetables, chopped (we used one zucchini, one squash, and one 8 oz. package of mushrooms, but peppers are also great in lasagna!)
  • Two 7 oz. packets of fat free mozzarella cheese
  • Optional grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

(Preheat oven to 375.)

1) First, cook the meat. Add it to a pot and with the garlic and onions and cook until fully browned (about 8 minutes for us).

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2) When the meat is fully cooked, drain out the fat, then put the pot back on medium heat and add the two jars of tomato sauce. (Save a little bit of sauce in one of the jars to spread on the bottom of your pan later.) Add the chopped fresh basil and the dried parsley, oregano, and crushed red pepper to taste.

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3) In a separate large pot, cook the lasagna noodles. We made a couple extra just in case. For good reason:

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(Sad face. RIP, noodle.)

4) While the noodles are cooking, mix the ricotta cheese and spinach together in a large bowl. Set aside.

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Also, chop your veggies of choice and top them with a drizzle of olive oil and cracked pepper, if desired.

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5) When your noodles are done, place them in a pan with luke warm water so they don’t dry out. You are now ready for the fun part:

LAYERING!!

(You’ll be making three layers.)

1) Start with a very thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan so the noodles don’t burn.

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2) Add a layer of noodles from your water pan. They should slightly overlap.

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3) Next comes about a third of your meat (or bean) tomato sauce mixture!

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4) And then a layer of veggies! Use about half of them as these are only in the first two layers.

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5) Followed by CHEESE! Add about a third of your mozzarella cheese…

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Followed by about half of your ricotta/spinach mixture (we only put this in the first two layers). Put it on in by the spoonful since it’s pretty sticky!

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You can also sprinkle on some grated parmesan cheese here if you want.

6) And then start all over again with another identical layer. Use the noodles to smoosh down the cheese!

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The final (third) layer will just include a layer of noodles, followed by the meat tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.

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The fun part about lasagna is that you can basically do whatever layers you want, but here’s what we did, just to recap:

Layer 1:

  1. Plain tomato sauce (to prevent burning noodles)
  2. Noodles
  3. Meat sauce
  4. Veggies
  5. Mozzarella
  6. Ricotta/spinach

Layer 2:

  1. Noodles
  2. Meat sauce
  3. Veggies
  4. Mozzarella
  5. Ricotta/spinach

Layer 3:

  1. Noodles
  2. Meat sauce
  3. Mozzarella

Once you’re finished layering, pop it in the oven, covered in tin foil, for about 45 minutes to an hour. ENJOY!!

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Comments

  1. 1

    AMAZINGGG! I hope you are staying warm in the crazy blizzard!!!!!

  2. 2

    Look like a great lasagna recipe, but didnt you find that the fat free mozzarella didnt melt very well?? I always use 2% cheese as it melts better and tastes like regular cheese without the calories!!


    The kind we used melted fine! Maybe it’s just certain brands?? I usually go for 2% too but this was all the store had! -Anne

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    Yum! I feel like if you’re making lasagna it has to be for a crowd or you will have so many leftovers!


    Haha, true! This definitely served 10 people, including lots of hungry guys. -Anne

  4. 4

    Yum! Everything looks delish. I could eat that spinach and cheese mix by itself!


    Yeah, I may have tasted a little ;) -Anne

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    Funny. Thomas just made a point of letting me know that he’ll be staying in eating lasagna tonight. Coincidence? Probably.


    Ha, ours was so good he had to make more, eh?? -A

  6. 6

    YUM!!! Looks so good!

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    Yum girl! That looks awesome!!

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    That looks wonderful! I also use ricotta in place of bechamel sauce :) So tasty :)

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    sounds like a great recipe…i love the addition of the fresh veggies…yum! :)

  10. 10

    Sounds delicious! I can’t wait to make that recipe soon! Stay warm in all those blizzards

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    WOW thatis one awesomely epic giant lasagne! It make my ‘serves 4 people’ spinach and hazelnut lasagne look like pathetic child’s play :P


    Ha, yeah it was a BEAST. SO heavy!! -Anne

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    I only have one addition, cause I just have to interject, let it rest when it is done baking. I always have to let my lasagnas cool for a good 20 minutes after I take them out or they are all runny when I try to cut it up…

    Maybe I just put in too much sauce…

    But who could ever have too much sauce…

    I digress


    You are correct: there can never be too much tomato sauce in our lives :) -Anne

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    Looks great!!!! YUM!

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    My mouth is watering!! I think this may need to be made in my house soon, though only half the recipe! I hope your company enjoyed it.


    They did indeed! It was destroyed in a matter of minutes :) -Anne

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