Meat Lasagna with Spinach and Sausage

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  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb (250 g) lasagna noodles
  • 1 pkg spinach thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Cheese Filling:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Meat Filling:
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 carrots chopped
  • 1 celery chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 pinch hot pepper flakes
  • 1 can tomato undrained
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Method

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

Meat Filling: Remove sausage from casing; crumble meat. In Dutch oven, cook sausage and beef over medium-high heat, breaking up with back of spoon, for about 5 minutes or until no longer pink; remove to plate. Spoon off all but 1 tablespoon (15 mL) fat from pot.

Cook onion, carrot, celery, garlic, oregano, basil and hot pepper flakes, stirring, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce and meat; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, breaking up tomatoes and stirring often, for 20 to 25 minutes or until thickened. Add pepper.

Cheese Filling: In bowl, beat together eggs, pepper and nutmeg. Blend in cottage cheese, mozzarella and Parmesan.

In large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles for 6 to 8 minutes or until almost tender. Drain and place in cold water. Arrange in single layer on damp tea towel.

Spread 1 cup (250 mL) of the meat filling as base in greased 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish. Top with one-third of the noodles in single layer; spread with one-third of the remaining meat filling. Spread with half of the cheese filling, then half of the spinach. Starting with noodles, repeat layers once.

Top with remaining noodles; spread with remaining meat filling. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover loosely with foil; bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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