V-Day Dinner: Aunt Mickey’s Famous Lasagna

I tried out this recipe for Valentine’s Day to treat my girlfriend.    This is her aunt’s recipe.   I thought it was really good, and it got me interested in lasagna again.   I paired it up with two other dishes: Spinach/Basil salad and Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta, which complemented each other really well.  I’ll try and post the other recipes soon.    In addition, we had a nice bottle of barola.   The only difficult task was handling the noodles but I had plenty to spare.   Some of the steps you can do a day ahead.     At first, I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough fillings or noodles for the layers but it would easily fit in a deep lasagna pan.

Aunt Mickey’s Famous Lasagna

Sauce Ingredients
1 medium onion chopped
1 clove garlic minced
2 cups tomatoes (1 can – 28oz.)
2 – 8 oz. cans tomato sauce or 2 – 6 oz. cans tomato paste + 1 ½ cup water
1 ½ tsp. dried oregano – adjust to taste
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground pepper
1 bay leaf

Cheese Filling Ingredients
1 lb. carton of ricotta cheese
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs (beated together separately, then add)
salt and pepper to taste

Additional Ingredients
1 lb. package of lasagna noodles
additional cheese for topping.

Sauce Directions (Can be done day ahead)
1)  Brown onion + garlic in a little olive oil (2 tbsps) until the onion is translucent with a little brown edges.   About 6 minutes roughly.  

2) Add all sauce ingredients and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.   If too thick, add ½ cup – 1 cup water or tomato juice.

Cheese Directions
1) Mix ingredients well.   For eggs, beat together separately then add.

Lasagna Directions
1) Cook noodles according to package.   I like to add about 1 tbsp of salt to the water before you put the noodles when the water starts boiling.    Make sure that you stir the pasta initially when they go into water because they will stick easily.   Afterwards, I like to separate to cool on wax paper.

2) In a 13x9x2-1/2 inch pan, put a little sauce on the bottom, then start the layers.   For layering the noodles, I like to overlap a little then cut the noodles to fit the pan – keeping the curling edges on the side.     Here are the layers.

Noodles (may extend up sides of pan)
Cheese Filling
Cheese Filling

Make as many layers as necessary.   I usually use the cheese filling in halves.   Make sauce your last layer.   Fold ends of noodles in if necessary.   Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese on top.    Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees.    At about 20 minutes, I covered the pan with foil to prevent the edges from burning.


One Response to “V-Day Dinner: Aunt Mickey’s Famous Lasagna”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Thank you for going through all the effort to make this–it was yum-o-licious!!!

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