At its best served with bread sticks and a tossed salad of greens with black olives and zucchini slices.; follow with supmoni ice cream.
1 pound bulk Italian sausage or hamburger // 1 package of ground turkey ($0, already had in freezer)
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup) ($1.39)
I clove garlic, pressed ($0, already had in fridge)
1 can (16 ounces) whole tomatoes // co-worker suggested diced & flavored, Safeway Italian Diced Tomato ($1)
1 can (16 ounces) tomato paste // co-worker suggested one small can of sauce & one small can of paste, Safeway Tomato Paste ($0.79) & TH Tomato Sauce ($0.50)
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
9 uncooked lasgne noodles (about 8 ounces) // Safeway Lasagna Noodles ($2.79)
1 carton (16 ounces( ricotta or creamed cottage cheese (about 2 cups) // co-worker recommended using cottage cheese, Knudsen Cottage Cheese ($2.50)
1/4 grated Parmesan cheese // Lucerne Grated Parmesan Cheese ($2.99)
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 cups shredded mozzarella (about 8 ounces) // co-worker shreds her own and not the soft kind that use use for Caprese salads, Lucerne Mozzarella Cheese ($2.99)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese // ($0, already accounted for cost)
Cook and stir Italian sausage, onion and garlic in 10-inch skillet until sausage is light brown; drain. add tomatoes (with liquid), tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons parsley, the sugar, basil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered until mixture is consistency of thick spaghetti sauce, about 1 hour.
Cook noodles as direct on page 221. Reserve 1/2 cup of the sauce mixture. Mix ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon parsley, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and the oregano. Layer 1/3 each of the noodles, remaining sauce mixture, mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese mixture in ungreased oblong pan, 13x9x2 inches. Repeat 2 times. Spoon reserved sauce mixture onto top; sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Cook uncovered in 350 degree oven 45 minutes. let stand 15 minutes before cutting in to 8 to 10 servings.
Do-Ahead tip: After cooking, lasgne can be covered and frozen no longer than 3 weeks. To serve, cook uncovered in 375 degrees oven until bubbly, about 1 hour.
My co-worker suggested I cook the meat and sauce as listed, but then let is sit for a few hours, three to be exact.