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Aunt May's Lasagna Recipe
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Aunt May's Lasagna Recipe

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Some people don't like ricotta cheese, traditionally found in lasagna. This is a nice alternative.—Angie Estes, Elko, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 35 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 35 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 249 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 412mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer; drain. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 40-50 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Discard bay leaf from meat sauce. Stir in olives.
  3. Spread a fourth of the sauce in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with three noodles and a third of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles, sauce and cheese.
  4. Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Aunt May's Lasagna in Taste of Home June/July 2002, p19

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.


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petrie60 User ID: 5499089 134690
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"This is my lasagna recipe also, but last year I added the ricotta for the first time and my family loved it! So now I add that along with the two other chesses! Great recipe! We always have lasagna for Xmas dinner with green bean casserole and all the other goodies!"

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maureenfipke User ID: 4988946 204987
Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"I use Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles and Cottage Cheese, also use some shredded Parmesan Cheese with the Mozza cheese."

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mblewis User ID: 978949 39811
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2013

"Although I love traditional lasagna with the ricotta, my husband does not. This was a delicious and simple recipe (didn't do the olives) that had my husband taking a second helping. Will definitely make again and might try with Italian sausage."

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Istayinthekitchen User ID: 7102262 85296
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"I've made a couple of different lasagnas. This was amazing. Simple & delicious. Everyone was looking forward to leftovers the next day. Only thing I changed is I added a cup of water to the sauce, like some other stated the sauce was too thick for my liking. I also added sugar & tons of garlic to mine."

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cindy -rushford User ID: 1630686 35342
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"very nice recipe , easy to make with a wonderful flavor."

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stwood64 User ID: 3644447 35339
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"My husband doesn't care for lasagna recipes that use ricotta cheese. I found this one and since no one likes olives, I omitted them. At times I will use mushrooms instead. I've also made using whole wheat noodles and ground turkey and my family loves it! We make this recipe often!"

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lert76 User ID: 4312021 100554
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"I have a different lasagna recipe that I prefer, but it has more steps so I use this recipe when I want an easier lasagna. It's pretty good, but better if you add 1/2 c. or so of water with the tomatoes so it's not as dry"

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narwhal User ID: 5363093 52959
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"I have made this recipe a few times and we love it. I omit the olives because I'm the only one in my house who likes them, and I usually end up adding extra cheese, but it's always a hit and even my toddler likes it."

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dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 42477
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

"Pretty good, but not enough sauce. Kind of dry. I added in 8 oz of tomato sauce cause that is what I found in the cupboard. But, ideally, I think I'd add a whole jar of pasta sauce next time. I like juicy lasagna!"

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dollargirl User ID: 939213 100518
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"So easy to make because you don't have to prepare the ricotta/egg mixture that traditional lasagna requires. Delicious even without all that. My daughter always requests this when she comes home from college."

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