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It just so happens we make a great lasagna in Texas. The most
important thing for your sauce is use plenty of spices.

Brown ground beef, approx 1lb, with after saut=E9ing onions(1 med//0 and
fresh garlic(2 pods, crushed) in heavy skillet with olive oil. Small amt of
salt and black pepper.
SAUCE
While this is simmering to finish cooking, prepare your sauce with:
1 can diced stewed tomatoes (12oz)
2 cans tomato sauce (8oz each)
1 can tomato paste (small)
1 pod crushed garlic
pepper black and crushed red pepper to taste
(crush in your hands to release the spices' strength for the following:)
3 tsp oregano
3 tsp basil
1 tsp bay leaves or 1 whole california bay leaf
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp cilantro
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp sage
Let this sauce simmer at least 20 min. the meat will finish in about 10,
but you will still need to prepare the cheese filling.
CHEESE
1 16 oz. ricotta cheese (low fat if possible) NOT no fat! no taste...
1 1/2 cups of mozzarella
1/4 cup parmesan
more spices, a dash of oregano, basil and parsley (fresh parsley if=
possible)
and black pepper. Stir together.

You can boil the noodles before layering the lasagna, but that is a pain,
and if you want to speed the process up, add 3/4 cup of water to the above
sauce, and layer the noodles dry. The results are the same, and much
easier to work with.
After the ingrediants are prepared, pre heat oven to 350, and coat a 9 x 12
rectangular dish, or a little larger, with olive oil. Slice mushrooms and
green peppers to add into the layers for more flavor.
Layer: Noodles, cheese, meat, and sauce. Repeat, ending with sauce and
topping with mozzarella and parmesan with a sprinkling of parsley.
If you want to make it vegetarian, omit beef, and add 1/2 cake of
tofu to cheese mixture. Layer in place of meat spinich, broccoli,
mushrooms, or zucchini.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, you can add varieties such as ground turkey
or 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 pound of ground pork. Let us know how it goes!
-Becky

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