Sweet Tea and Southern Living

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Trying New Foods

I am sure that you have all heard of the famous, Pioneer Woman and her yumm-o cooking. She has wonderful recipes and even a cook book that I am considering buying.

I decided to try her lasagna. It seemed pretty simple. And it was pretty simple except for 2 things. HA. I sent my husband to the store and he got the wrong sausage (my fault for not being specific) and on his way home from the store the 2ND time, I had to tell him to turn around because I put WAAAAY too much salt in the cottage cheese mixture. HA.... oops.. so the poor guy had to go to the store 3 times!


  • 1-1/2 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
  • 1/2 cup Grated (not Shredded) Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 pound Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 package (10 Ounce) Lasagna Noodle
  • (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. After adding the tomatoes, the sauce mixture should simmer for 45 minutes while you are working on the other steps.
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/sauce mixture over the top.
Repeat, ending with meat/sauce mixture. Sprinkle top generously with extra Parmesan.
Either freeze, refrigerate for up to two days, or bake immediately: 350-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until top is hot and bubbly.

It turned out very good, and it makes a LOT of food. I have never made lasagna with sausage before either. So, this might become my go-to recipe.

And I have to share with you my new favorite side item...

(stock photo)
Grilled Okra!!!

I am IN LOVE! All you do it drizzle Olive Oil and salt and pepper and grill it for a few minutes. It is super delicious. I have only ever had fried okra and wasn't sure I would like it grilled but it was so yummy!

I love trying new things!
Posted by on September 4 2009

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