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Tasty Lasagna and Strawberry Season

 

One of the best ways to get dinner on the table in a hurry is to make a one dish meal. Convenient and easy cleanup—without sacrificing taste or elegance. One of the favorites in our house is Lasagna. It’s easy, you can make the sauce ahead of time for even quicker prep or make the full dish and freeze for a homemade frozen dinner on a busy night.

This Lasagna recipe has been a “specialty” of mine since middle school.

This is the dish we made in home ec class and I made it at home for my family.

It was an instant hit and became a family favorite that was always made by me.

 Lasagna recipe at TidyMom.net

 

Lasagna

Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomato
  • 1 80z can tomato sauce
  • 1 pkg spaghetti sauce mix
  • 9-12 lasagna noodles
  • 8 ounces ricotta or cottage cheese
  • 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook ground beef, garlic salt and pepper over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and seasoning packet. Simmer, covered, for about 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Remove meat sauce from heat and stir in ricotta/cottage cheese (and cream cheese if you’re using it)
  5. To assemble, line the bottom of a greased 9×13 glass pan with 3 or 4 noodles, spread 1/3 of meat & cheese sauce over noodles. Top with 1/3 of mozzarella cheese slices, sprinkle with 1/3 of parmasean cheese. Repeat with 2 more layers.
  6. Bake for 30 mins.

Notes

*OPTIONAL
sometimes I also add 4-6 oz cream cheese
sometimes I use jarred spaghetti sauce in place of the tomatoes and seasoning packet

Tips
This dish can be prepared ahead of time and put in the freezer. When you want to cook the lasagna, thaw and add a few mins to the cooking time if it’s still chilled when putting in the oven.
(Do NOT cook frozen and do not use foil when freezing).

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Strawberries are coming into season! Even though you can find strawberries in the grocery store almost all year, locally grown berries are ripe and ready to eat and enjoy during late spring and early summer.

How did strawberries get their name?
Most people think strawberries got their name from the common practice of growing berries under straw to protect them from the winter cold and late spring frosts. Others think the name came from the practice of weaving together long stems holding ripe fruit to form “straw” of berries.

 

What to look for when buying strawberries.
*berries should be a vibrant, shiny scarlet and blemish free
*If the tips are paler, or green, the berries are probably not ripe and could be tasteless
*berries should also look firm
*If their color is dull and flat, or if they look dry and deflated, they may well be old
*if you’re buying a container of strawberries, make sure none of them are moldy, especially on the bottom
*sniff your strawberries: a fragrant rush of strawberry aroma should greet you
*don’t buy berries that are partly white and unripe, they do not continue to ripen after they’ve been picked

When you get them home store them in the refrigerator; they’ll keep a couple of days. Do not wash fresh strawberries or remove the caps until you’re ready to eat them or use them in a recipe. To wash strawberries, place them in a large strainer or colander and rinse with cool water. Remove their caps with the point of a paring knife or gently twist and pull them off.

 

 

The night I made the lasagna I bought an Angel Food cake and we topped it with strawberries and whip cream for an easy dessert.

Leave me a comment and let me know how you like to eat your strawberries!

 

 

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

Comments

  1. 1
    He And Me + 3 says:

    Thanks for the tips about Strawberries. I always wash and cut the stems so they are ready to eat, but i do find that they go bad faster…

  2. 2
    He And Me + 3 says:

    Thanks for the tips about Strawberries. I always wash and cut the stems so they are ready to eat, but i do find that they go bad faster…

  3. 3
    Living Day to Day with Multiple Sclerosis says:

    Hey great ideas!!! I love simple meals during the nice months and we sure do love Strawberries. The problem is I buy them before we get around to eating them and then they go bad. They go bad so fast. I guess when you buy them you need to plan on eating them that day or the next huh?

  4. 4
    Living Day to Day with Multiple Sclerosis says:

    Hey great ideas!!! I love simple meals during the nice months and we sure do love Strawberries. The problem is I buy them before we get around to eating them and then they go bad. They go bad so fast. I guess when you buy them you need to plan on eating them that day or the next huh?

  5. 5
    Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says:

    That lasagna looks great. Also, that is great info about strawberries.
    I am so glad you joined us for Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. I have enjoyed looking through you blog. I love your header and the design.

  6. 6
    Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says:

    That lasagna looks great. Also, that is great info about strawberries.
    I am so glad you joined us for Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. I have enjoyed looking through you blog. I love your header and the design.

  7. 7

    Can I come for dinner? Yummy!

    We grow our own strawberries and they are the BEST!

  8. 8

    Can I come for dinner? Yummy!

    We grow our own strawberries and they are the BEST!

  9. 9
    The Animator's Wife says:

    Yum. Love it when strawberries are cheap, abundant and beautiful. Great way to use ‘em up!

  10. 10
    The Animator's Wife says:

    Yum. Love it when strawberries are cheap, abundant and beautiful. Great way to use ‘em up!

  11. 11

    Living Day to Day – yes, I usually plan to eat them the day I buy them – my family LOVES them sliced up and smashed up with sugar – they will eat a bowl full just like that or over icecream if I don’t have cake or shortbread.

    I do have some of those produce savers in my refridgerator drawer and it really helps them keep longer if I don’t fix them right away – sometimes I buy some to throw on my salad and I’ve noticed they will keep well over a week in that drawer if they’re not cut up.

    Lisa – thanks for hosting your carnival! I hope to join Temp My Tummy most Tuesdays! and thanks for the design compliment – I recently made over my blog and love it too!

    Sandy – we used to grown our own when I was a kid, and you’re right those are THE best!!

  12. 12

    Living Day to Day – yes, I usually plan to eat them the day I buy them – my family LOVES them sliced up and smashed up with sugar – they will eat a bowl full just like that or over icecream if I don’t have cake or shortbread.

    I do have some of those produce savers in my refridgerator drawer and it really helps them keep longer if I don’t fix them right away – sometimes I buy some to throw on my salad and I’ve noticed they will keep well over a week in that drawer if they’re not cut up.

    Lisa – thanks for hosting your carnival! I hope to join Temp My Tummy most Tuesdays! and thanks for the design compliment – I recently made over my blog and love it too!

    Sandy – we used to grown our own when I was a kid, and you’re right those are THE best!!

  13. 13

    Oh, you are making me hungry!! I love lasagna and I love strawberries. I am going to have to bookmark this recipe. YUM!!

  14. 14

    Oh, you are making me hungry!! I love lasagna and I love strawberries. I am going to have to bookmark this recipe. YUM!!

  15. 15

    can I come over for dinner, they both look great and soooo good

  16. 16

    can I come over for dinner, they both look great and soooo good

  17. 17

    Love strawberries! Any ol’ way I can get ‘em. One of my favorite salads is fresh fruit salad. I create mine with an eye towards making it look beautiful (lots of colors). I find the more colorful it is, the better it tastes to me. I learned later that the more colorful, the more diverse it is in nutrients. Who knew?

  18. 18

    Love strawberries! Any ol’ way I can get ‘em. One of my favorite salads is fresh fruit salad. I create mine with an eye towards making it look beautiful (lots of colors). I find the more colorful it is, the better it tastes to me. I learned later that the more colorful, the more diverse it is in nutrients. Who knew?

  19. 19

    Your lasagna AND strawberries look good enough to eat! :) Great tips on the strawberries. I just had some last week and they were SOOOO good! Thanks for sharing!

  20. 20

    Your lasagna AND strawberries look good enough to eat! :) Great tips on the strawberries. I just had some last week and they were SOOOO good! Thanks for sharing!

  21. 21

    Lasagna and strawberry cheesecake, what a great meal!

  22. 22

    Lasagna and strawberry cheesecake, what a great meal!

  23. 23

    Lasagna and strawberries are my kind of meal! Thanks for the strawberry tips!

    As for how I like to eat them….I like my strawberries naked!

  24. 24

    Lasagna and strawberries are my kind of meal! Thanks for the strawberry tips!

    As for how I like to eat them….I like my strawberries naked!

  25. 25
    Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam says:

    Girl – your strawberry pictures should be in a cookbook. Seriously, they look that amazing.

    Isn’t fun when people notice your new blog design. I have been enjoying it but it still jumps at me each time I pop on here.
    Thanks for joining in for Tasty Tuesday. :)

  26. 26
    Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam says:

    Girl – your strawberry pictures should be in a cookbook. Seriously, they look that amazing.

    Isn’t fun when people notice your new blog design. I have been enjoying it but it still jumps at me each time I pop on here.
    Thanks for joining in for Tasty Tuesday. :)

  27. 27
    newlyweds says:

    Oh they both look so good!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  28. 28
    newlyweds says:

    Oh they both look so good!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  29. 29
    shopannies says:

    looks so good I love the great taste of italian food and good strawberries.

  30. 30
    shopannies says:

    looks so good I love the great taste of italian food and good strawberries.

  31. 31

    Oh they both look so beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing

  32. 32

    Oh they both look so beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing

  33. 33
    Emily @ Marvelous Recipes says:

    You are making me really hungry!

  34. 34
    Emily @ Marvelous Recipes says:

    You are making me really hungry!

  35. 35
    Beverly says:

    We grew our first U-pick field of strawberries this year. We just finished week 6 of harvest and have had many questions from customers over that time. One is on how to store berries. As you said, do not wash or cap them until you are ready to use them. Also, you can store FRESH berries in the 'fridge in an open container with a damp towel over them. They will keep longer that way. This works with berries fresh from the field. Berries from the store may not last as long … you don't know when they were picked.

  36. 36
    Beverly says:

    We grew our first U-pick field of strawberries this year. We just finished week 6 of harvest and have had many questions from customers over that time. One is on how to store berries. As you said, do not wash or cap them until you are ready to use them. Also, you can store FRESH berries in the 'fridge in an open container with a damp towel over them. They will keep longer that way. This works with berries fresh from the field. Berries from the store may not last as long … you don't know when they were picked.

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