Classic Lasagna and Lemony Caesar Salad

This lighter version of classic tomato and basil lasagna is perfect with a green salad. Try it as vegetarian for a meatless Monday.

Classic Tomato Basil Lasagna
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Lasagna sheets are my new favourite way to make a lasagna. You can find them at your local italian shop.
Classic Tomato Basil Lasagna
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Lasagna sheets are my new favourite way to make a lasagna. You can find them at your local italian shop.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. If using ground beef, brown meat in a large skillet and drain fat in a colander in the sink.
  2. In a dutch oven heat to medium, add olive oil then onions and sauté 7 minutes then add garlic and sauté until soft and translucent, approximately 3 more minutes.
  3. Pulse tomatoes in a food processor or with an immersion blender until your desired consistency. Alternatively chop on a large cutting board or purchase diced tomatoes.
  4. Once tomatoes have been added bring your mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour until sauce has thickened.
  5. Wash your lettuce and whisk together your salad dressing while the sauce simmers.
  6. After the sauce has finished simmering remove from heat and stir in basil, 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 black pepper.
  7. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of sauce for the top of each lasagna. Add cooked ground beef to the tomato sauce and stir.
  8. Heat ricotta in a small saucepan until warm, stir in mozzarella and continue to stir until melted. Remove from heat and add 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp white pepper.
  9. Start with a tomato/meat layer, then noodles, half the ricotta, noodles, the remaining tomatoes/meat mixture, noodles remaining ricotta mixture, last layer of noodles and finally the reserved tomato sauce and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  10. Lasagna can be made up to one day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until 1 hour before dinner.
  11. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until bubbling or longer if lasagna has been refrigerated. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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Lemony Caesar Salad
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This salad is a nice change from the traditional creamy caesar dressing.
Lemony Caesar Salad
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This salad is a nice change from the traditional creamy caesar dressing.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash your lettuce and chop lettuce while the sauce simmers.
  2. Add 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese to your lettuce and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, worchestershire sauce, salt and pepper and transfer to a jar until ready to dress your salad.
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Sticky Tips

• Cans of San Marzano tomatoes are the best but if you would like to skip the chopping step you can buy diced.
• Purchase fresh lasagna sheets from your local Italian shop it will save lots of time especially if cooking with friends.  You will need 4 sheets per lasagna.

One thought on “Classic Lasagna and Lemony Caesar Salad”

  1. Perhaps the best lasagna i’ve made yet. The sauce is so bright, the fresh noodles are great and easy to use and the fresh basil is delicious. I’ve made it with and without meat…and I think the latter is better. Both are great, and I will continue to come back to this recipe each time i make lasagna. Thanks, Alison!

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