After my Freezer Meal Post, Red Gold contacted me and said they'd love to hook me up with some lasagna. I will never turn down free food, so told them to send it on my way. I actually think I said "Lasagna? Get in my belly!" but who's keeping track?
Quick as my freezer meal construction, I got my lasagna kit in the mail. They included some recipes and some suggestions for using the Red Gold products. But, you know me; I like to do my own thing. And that's what I did.
Included in my kit were a large can of Red Gold crushed tomatoes, which are my favorite kind of tomatoes to work with, and two cans of Red Gold basil, garlic and oregano. I dumped all three cans into a bowl. (I opened the cans first, of course. I feel that after my Freezer Meal post that if I don't explain that someone will email me and say, "You didn't open the cans? Really? How'd you do that?")
I had grilled six Italian sausage links this weekend, so I sliced them up for my meat. Daughter 1 doesn't normally eat meat, so it had to be chunky so she could easily pick it out. (In case you can't tell, I'm rolling my eyes.)
Then I dumped a large cottage cheese container into another bowl (after opening it, okay?), added some black pepper, an egg, some garlic powder and two cups of shredded mozzarella cheese. I mixed that all up and set up about eight cups of mozarella (no, I'm not kidding--I like a lot of cheese!). Daughter 1 and I were ready to begin layering the lasagna goodness.
What's that, you say? Did I boil the noodles, you say? No I did not. The noodles will cook with your meat sauce, and you don't have to wrestle with a wet noodle. It works. Trust me.
After we finished the lasagne, I covered it and set it in the fridge. Never, ever cook your lasagna the same day that you prepare it. It needs to set and make itself right with its fate. It will be so much better if you wait.
The next day, since I was still in a pickle with my freezer meals, I baked the lasagne. Oh. My. Goodness. It was good.
I need to first explain to you that I'm a lasagne snob. I make my own sauce and always have a varied amount of good add-ins, like mushrooms, onions, peppers, pepperonis, ham ... And it's always good. People like my lasagne. People request lasagne. Well, let me clarify: People who are not my family like and request my lasagna. Brian tolerates it; The Daughters fix themselves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
On this night, though, without much playing around on my part, the whole family ate my lasagna, and they all declared that it was the best they'd ever had. Reluctantly, I agreed. It was certainly the easiest and cheapest I'd ever made! And? My family requested that I make it again.