Monday, January 25, 2010

Sunday Feast

ok, since Matt works late every night Sunday is now the only night I cook for him so I want it to be extra special. Before we get started I have a little story..............
First of all, I am a good cook... I am not tooting my own horn, I promise but cooking is something I am good at. With that being said everyone makes mistakes and I am not exempt from this. Last night I made the Pioneer Woman's Best Lasagna Ever and it has to bake for 30-40 minutes AFTER the 1 1/2 hours of prep work. So the timer rings, we are starved and as I take the Lasagna out of the oven I am shocked to realize the OVEN WAS NOT ON!!!!!!!! Not a joke, after a mini-fit in the kitchen I pre-heated the oven and then commensed take 2!!
So lets start from the beginning now..
One of Matt's favorite desserts is literally box Yellow Cake with Chocolate frosting.............
So I like to stack them, so if you have never done this it is fairly easy.
Divide your dough into two 8 or 9inch pans.......
Then after they are done cooling place one on the bottom and shave off the top to make an even cake surface. This entire cake will take about 1 1/2 frosting containers. Ice the bottom layer and then top with the second cake. Looks like a Hamburger...
And I don't even try to make the frosting smooth I tend to go with a "art deco" look.....
And then YUMM, serve with ice cream!! This cake is always good but it has nothing on that Pioneer Woman Chocolate sheet cake I made last week.
Ok, I have never made homemade Lasagna before so I figured there is no better time than now! Here is the Pioneer Woman's recipe from her website... I used the one in her cookbook which is slightly different.. I used fresh herbs and shredded cheese instead of sliced.
The Best Lasagna

1-½ pound Ground Beef
1 pound Hot Breakfast Sausage
2 cloves Garlic, Minced
2 cans (14.5 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes
2 cans (6 Ounce) Tomato Paste
2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
2 Tablespoons Dried Basil
1 teaspoon Salt
3 cups Lowfat Cottage Cheese
2 whole Beaten Eggs
½ cups Grated (not Shredded) Parmesan Cheese
2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
1 teaspoon Salt
1 pound Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
1 package (10 Ounce) Lasagna Noodles
(add 1/2 Teaspoon Salt And 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil To Pasta Water)
Preparation Instructions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet or saucepan, combine ground beef, sausage, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until browned. Drain half the fat; less if you’re feeling naughty. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons parsley, basil and salt. Simmer for 45minutes Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, beaten eggs, grated Parmesan, 2 more tablespoons parsley, and 1 more teaspoon salt. Stir together well. Set aside. Cook lasagna until “al dente” (not overly cooked).
To assemble:
Arrange 4 cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of a baking pan, overlapping if necessary. Spoon half the cottage cheese mixture over the noodles. Spread evenly. Cover cottage cheese with a layer of mozzarella cheese. Spoon a little less than half the meat mixture over the top.
Repeat, ending with meat mixture. Sprinkle top generously with extra Parmesan.
Either freeze, refrigerate for up to two days, or bake immediately: 350-degree oven for 30 to 50 minutes, or until top is hot and bubbly.
So my big pot was not quite big enough, I was fighting the noddles from going over board...
The sauce was so yummy and while it simmers the flavors blend together perfectly.
I liked using the cottage cheese instead of ricotta and I now I will prefer it this way.

And here we have it after the second go around in the oven, this time with it actually being on!
This was worth the wait and Matt and I both took the leftovers with us for lunch today!!!


Becky said...

Both the cake and the lasagna look absolutely delish!

Jeremy and Allison Hess said...

YUM-O!!! good job Nicole!

Kindall said...

That looks so yummy! I have been meaning to try that receipe for awhile...but I was a bit scared! After seeing yours I bumping it up on my list!

Jamie said...

Great minds think alike! This was our Sunday night dinner as well! Even though it does take awhile I've always found the recipe to be pretty simple. I did remember to turn the oven on last night but this being the 5th time I made it I tried to do from memory! Even now lookng at your recipe I don't think I forgot anything but it sure tasted different. Not bad but just different enough that Steven asked if I used a different recipe :)

Anonymous said...

What kind of pan did you put it in, because it looks deeper than a regular 13X9. Might just be the picture. :)


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