Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mini Lasagna's

Ok, So it's not "really" diet food. But hey.. it's wonderful comfort food! And it is winter time :) What better time for comfort food.

Ok...let's get started!

Pasta: you can use store bought sheets just fine. I prefer to make my own. Recipe for homemade noodles is below. If your using store bought, cook according to package.

Pasta Dough:
2 1/4 cups flour (start with 2 cups and add a bit more of the 1/4 cup as you mix)
3 slightly beaten eggs

Put two cups of flour in mixer. Add all three beaten eggs. Mix and slowly add more flour until it starts to form a ball. You don't want it wet and sticky nor dry and crumbly.

Once your dough is finished, your ready to roll! You can use a pasta roller or do it by hand. (by hand takes much longer) Starting on the pasta roller, start on setting #1 and run thru once, fold dough over and run thru again once. Then run dough thru (without folding) settings TWICE EACH 2 - 5 with 5 being the last setting. this will create a long pasta sheet that is thin. Cut into strips, or rounds to fit your dish. Bring a pot of water to a boil and boil pasta sheets 3 minutes each. DONE!

Now for the other part :)

Brown 1 1/2 pounds hamburger and drain well.
You can use whatever sauce you like (I prefer Newman's Own Marinara)
Mix this with the drained hamburger

Cheese Mixture:
3 cups shredded mozzarella
1 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan

Now for the construction :)

Spray each ramekin with Pam cooking spray.
One tablespoon of meat sauce in bottom
Layers go like this:
Noodle round
1/4 cup (approx) meat sauce
Shredded Cheese mixture
Continue to make three layers pressing down as needed, and making sure cheese mixture is on the top. Sprinkle with oregano :)

Bake at 350* for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.

if your doing this in a cake pan/loaf pan/square pan. Assemble the same way :)

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