Saturday, October 31, 2009

Barefoot Lasagna

16 oz. lasagna noodles
2 lb. ground beef
1/4 tsp. dry Italian seasoning
8 oz. grated Italian style cheese
12 oz. small curd cottage cheese
1 egg
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
4 c. milk
12 Tblsp. butter or margarine
1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
10 oz. pkg. baby portobella mushrooms
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 350* Lightly grease bottom of a large rectangular baking dish. Set aside.

Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and return to pot they were cooked in. Drizzle with enough olive oil to toss noodles and lightly coat. Set aside.

Do not rinse mushrooms, only wipe with a dry towel to remove any dirt. Then remove stems from the cap. Slice caps and set aside.

In a small mixing bowl combine cottage cheese, grated Parmesan, egg and grated Italian cheese. Stir to mix well. Set aside.

In a large skillet combine ground meat and Italian seasoning. Cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain grease and set aside.

To prepare sauce: place milk in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Do not boil milk. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large skillet, melt 8 Tblsp. of butter. Then add in flour. Stir to mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes. Slowly stir in warm milk to flour mixture. Stir until well blended. Add in nutmeg. To your taste add in salt and pepper. Whisk mixture and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a small skillet, melt 2 Tblsp. butter and 2 Tblsp. oil. Once completely melted add in 1/2 of the mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt. Saute until oils are released then immediately transfer to a bowl. Repeat with remaining mushrooms. If at any time the mushrooms look "dry" add in a bit more oil to the pan and continue to cook.

Spoon a little of the sauce onto the bottom of your prepared casserole dish. Then add a layer of noodles. Spread a bit more sauce over noodles to lightly coat. Add in 1/2 the meat mixture and then a layer of 1/2 the cottage cheese mixture. Top with a layer of noodles. Repeat layering process using the remaining meat, mushrooms and cottage cheese mixtures. Top with another layer of noodles then remaining sauce. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top.

inspiration from Ina Garten

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