Monday, October 31, 2011

November Recipe of the Month - Paula Deens and Sons Lasagna



Servings: 8-10 servings

Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 2 hours 20 min
Difficulty: Easy

1 cup Gruyere cheese, grated

12 ounces cottage cheese, mixed with 1 beaten egg and 1/2 cup Parmesan

6 to 9 Long strips lasagna noodles

1 1/2 lbs ground beef

2 bay leaves

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon Paula Deen’s Seasoned Salt

1 1/2 teaspoons Paula Deen’s House Seasoning

1 1/2 teaspoons Paula Deen’s Sweet Italian Herb Blend

1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped

1/2 cup green bell peppers, diced

2 cloves garlic, diced

1/2 cup onions, diced

1 cup water

2 cups tomato sauce

2 cups canned, diced tomatoes

1 cup Swiss cheese, grated

2 cups cheddar, grated

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese

1 cup mozzarella, grated

Directions

To make the sauce, combine the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, onions, peppers, garlic, parsley, seasoning mixtures, sugar and bay leaves in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Crumble the ground beef in a saucepan. Cook until no pink remains, then drain off the fat. Add the ground beef to the stockpot. Simmer for another 20 minutes. While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta according to the package directions. (If sauce is too thin, for your taste, you can thicken it up at this time by mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and a 1/4 of a cup of cold water. Bring sauce back to a boil. Stir in cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly.) Remove bay leaves.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

To assemble lasagna, place a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9 by 13 by 2-inch pan. Layer 1/3 of each, noodles, cottage cheese mixture, Gruyere, Swiss and cheddar cheeses. Pinch off small pieces of cream cheese and dot over other cheeses. Add another layer of sauce. Repeat layering 2 to 3 times, ending with sauce. This may be covered and refrigerated. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with mozzarella and continue to bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. Note: If lasagna has been refrigerated, bake for 40 minutes total.


At the moment, I'm reading Robbie Grady's, Millionaire Playboy, Maverick Heiress part of the Texas Cattleman's Club:  The Showdown series.  The hero, Daniel Warren has come to Royal to redesign exclusive men's club.  He loves Elizabeth Milton's housekeeper's cooking.  I can just imagine her making this for Daniel.

Again, Robbie has done it again!  This romance is one hot book.  However, so is the entire series.

Book Blurb:

For successful New York architect Daniel Warren, designing the new Texas Cattleman's Club is an exciting challenge. And so is getting to know the delicious Elizabeth Milton. The fiery Texas heiress combines cosmopolitan chic with down-home sass—a mix impossible for a city slicker to resist.


But a carefree affair is all they can have. A stipulation in her family's will keeps Elizabeth honor-bound to stay in Royal. And this millionaire's business will soon force him to move on. Unless either dares to make the ultimate sacrifice and put love first.




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