Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Homemade Lasagna

If I were to ask my daughter what she wanted for dinner, she would say lasagna.  I was never real big on lasagna and never thought of making it homemade. It always seemed time consuming and difficult, so frozen lasagna became my best friend.  Never again!  About a year ago, I stumbled upon a wonderful recipe from Kraft for "Simply Lasagna."  I have made it so many times that I no longer need to look at the recipe.  It turns out perfect every time, is quick to make and makes my daughter very happy. :) 

So, hurry up and head to the store to get these ingredients.  You won't be sorry!

The recipe from Kraft calls for 1lb. of ground beef, but I always use ground turkey.  This meal is bad enough with all that cheese....why add more calories?  The recipe is as follows:

What You Need!

1 lb. ground beef (I use ground turkey)
2-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 container (15 oz.) part skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked 
1 cup water

Make It!

HEAT oven to 350°F. Brown meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Meanwhile, mix 1-1/4 cups mozzarella, ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan, parsley and egg until well blended; set aside.

DRAIN meat; return to skillet. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Add water to empty sauce jar; cover with lid and shake well. Add to meat mixture; stir until well blended. Spread 1 cup sauce onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish; top with layers of 3 lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture and 1 cup sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining noodles, sauce and cheeses. Cover with greased foil.

BAKE 1 hour or until heated through, removing foil after 45 min. Let stand 15 min. before cutting to serve.

Hungry yet?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Olive Garden Copycat Alfredo Sauce (Best EVER!!!)

Photo credit:  Lavender Lynn

Oh how I love the taste of hot, cheesy, alfredo sauce from Olive Garden.  It is garlicky, flavorful and simply fantastic.  My hips and booty don't enjoy it quite as much!!!

I mentioned before that one of my ultimate favorite websites for recipes is (formerly  On that website, you will find a recipe for everything your little desires.  That is where I stumbled upon a copycat recipe for Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce.  My husband, who is not a fan of Italian food, LOVES this sauce!!!  It is quick and easy to make and you just may have the ingredients on hand. 

To make this scrumptious sauce, you will need:

5 tablespoons sweet butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese 

1.  Melt butter in saucepan over low heat.
2.  Add garlic, cream, pepper and bring mixture to a simmer.  Stir often.
3.  Add the parmesan cheese and simmer sauce for 8-10 minutes until it has thickened and is smooth.
4.  When sauce has thickened, add mozzarella cheese and stir until smooth.  STIR FREQUENTLY!
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