My 1st Challenge

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Of course my 1st Challenge came from who else, but the food porn star herself ,TheHDIC.  She challenged me to put a twist on lasagna. Initially I was stumped by this. Reason being, I have 2 kids and a picky husband, so I knew whatever I did to the lasagna, had to be something that my trio of food critics would be willing to eat. I went to my local grocery store and walked the aisles hoping that something would jump out at me and scream “try me in your lasagna” however it didn’t happen that way. I started towards the frozen food aisle to get my weekly fill of Lean cuisine meals and when I grabbed my all time fav. deep dish pizza, it hit me. Why not make a pizza lasagna. Pizza is the “FAV FOOD” of my house. We order pizza at least once a week so when the thought crossed my mind it was a no brainer. So………….I came up with what I call my “Meat Lovers Pizza Lasagna”

Ok as I told you I wold be honest with my critique. So here goes.

Price: The price was a bit high for what I normally spend on 1 home cooked meal. I used several types of meat and a ton of cheese. I probably spent about $30 for my ingredients

Appearance: It looked great. The kids saw it and got extra excited saying. It looks just like a pizza! I used a pan that was almost 3″ deep so this was very filling

Taste: Delicious! Everyone was stuffed and the kids asked to take leftovers to school for lunch. (wow) they never do that.

Meat Lovers Pizza Lasagna

  • 1 Box of Lasagna Noodles
  • 1-2 Jars of Pasta Sauce
  • 1 small can of italian flav. tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage Links
  • 1 pack of sliced pepperoni
  • 1 small onion
  • mushrooms
  • Italian seasoning
  • 4 cup bag mozzerella cheese
  • 2 cup bag Italian cheese (I used a Smoked provolone, mozzerella and Romano mix)

Preheat oven to 350

I boiled noodles till done. I placed my Italian sausage links in the oven till done. Brown the ground beef till done and drain. In pan sautee chopped garlic, chopped onion and mushrooms, when tender, add them to the ground beef mixture. Add pasta sauce to the ground beef mixture, keeping the heat on low and mix well. Add about 2-3 tablespoons of the tomato paste to thicken the sauce (this helps to hold the lasagna together) Let cook for about 10 min on simmer. Slice the Italian sausage links and set them to the side. Spoon a layer of the ground beef mixture into the pan then top with noodles, add a another layer of sauce, then add a layer of the Sliced Italian sausage link and cover with cheese, next, start your layers again with noodles, sauce, and this time pepperoni & Italian sausage and then the cheese. Continue this till your pan is filled to the top. Cover your pan with foil and bake on the top rack in your oven for about 30-40 minutes. After about 35 minutes or you see the sauce bubbling, I topped the lasagna with the remaining cheese and then layered on some pepperoni and baked uncovered till all the cheese was melted. **** Be sure to spray the sides of your pan with non stick cooking spray and also spray the inside of your foil so that when you place it on top of your pan and its time to remove it once your food has been cooked the cheese will not stick to it. ENJOY!

Pic 1.This is the begining of my layering process with the Italian Sausage

Pic 2: Lasagna Layers

Posted by Candra   @   18 August 2008 6 comments

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Aug 18, 2008
6:22 PM
#1 Val :

That’s how I make mine!

Aug 18, 2008
11:45 PM
#2 Apearl :

Dag! That looks soooo good!

Aug 20, 2008
1:46 PM
#3 Tangy :

Good Lord – that looks sssooo good!

Aug 20, 2008
4:44 PM
#4 JoVonn :

Wow, that’s making me hungry and I’m eating right now. I need to print that recipe…

Aug 27, 2008
6:50 PM
#5 Latasha :

That looks so yummy! I can’t wait to make it for FI. He loves pizza and to him this will be one big pizza!

Sep 1, 2008
1:56 PM
#6 Tia :

That really looks delicious!

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