Super Easy Homemade Lasagna Recipe

 

easy beef lasagna recipe

Super Easy Homemade Beef Lasagna Recipe

Looking for an easy and fool proof lasagna recipe? This one is easy, fun and you can do everything from scratch or just the sauce, noodles or baking.  

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 People
Author Adam Riemer

Ingredients

Lasagna Pasta Noodle Dough

  • 1 pound all purpose flour 3 1/3 cups
  • 1 tbsp sea salt fine grain
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil use more if needed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk

Spicy or Non Spicy Lasagna Sauce

  • 2 cans tomato sauce medium size
  • 2 cans diced fire roasted tomatoes medium size
  • 2 lbs ground beef optional
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp sea salt fine grain
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp pepper flakes more if you like it spicier
  • 1 tbsp italian seasonings spice mix optional
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese optional
  • 1/2 large white or yellow onion
  • 6 - 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves optional
  • 1 bunch fresh oregano optional

Lasagna Cheeses

  • 1 ball Mozerella shredded
  • 1 ball Mozerella sliced into disks
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan shreds you can use 1/2 to 1 cup
  • 1/3 cup Romano shreds you can use 1/2 to 1 cup
  • 1/2 container Ricotta cheese

Instructions

  1. Separate all of your ingredients so you can have everything organized.  

    ingredients for beef lasagna

How to Make Lasagna Pasta Noodles

  1. Combine your flour and sea salt into a large mixer or mixing bowl.  Next add the eggs and egg yolk and begin mixing them in.  Now start adding your extra virgin olive oil until you get a light golden-yellow dough that is slightly sticky to not sticky.  I knead mine for about 10 minutes as well.  

    Now roll the dough into a large ball and set it in plastic wrap on your counter or in your fridge for an hour to rest.  

    how to make lasagna pasta dough
  2. Next take your Lasagna Roller or press and run the dough through it.  If you don't have one you can order one here for cheap.  You can also cut the dough into 6, 8 or 12 pieces and then roll it out flat with a rolling pin,,,but that takes forever.  

    I like to add extra flour to all of my dough sliced so that they don't stick together.

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How to Make Lasagna Sauce

  1. While your noodle dough is resting, chop your onion and garlic then toss them into a frying pan with a large drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on medium heat until they soften.  

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  2. Once softened, add in the diced tomatoes, the tomato sauce, a large pinch or three of the sea salt and black pepper.  Toss in the dried herbs, mix and turn the heat up to 6 or a medium high and let it start to reduce.  If you want the sauce to be spicy, add the crushed red pepper flakes to taste here.  Chili powder can be good too...but be cautious as it alters the flavor.  

    Once it boils or you see bubbles coming up, take your ground beef and start adding chunks of it in.  Mix it into the sauce well and then let the sauce cook it while it reduces.  This took about 20 minutes and I let the ground beef cook inside the sauce for about 18 of them.  

    While your sauce reduced, boil your fresh noodles in salt water.  They only take about 3 minutes to cook so watch them closely.  

    how to make homemade lasagna sauce
  3. When you have about 2 minutes left, add the fresh herbs into the almost fully reduced lasagna sauce.  It adds color, flavor and a lot of contrast to it.  

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How to Layer & Bake Your Lasagna

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Now begin laying noodles across the bottom of the pan.  

    how to layer lasagna
  2. Next chop the remaining oregano, slice the remaining fresh basil and then shred one of the Mozzarella balls and slice the other into discs.  

    basil and mozerella cheese
  3. Pour some of the sauce over the first layer of noodles and then toss on some of the Ricotta, Parmesan and Romano cheeses.  Next scatter the shredded Mozzarella over the layer (if you're doing three layers then use 1/2 of the Mozzarella here and if two then all of the shredded).  I also added some of the remaining chopped oregano and sliced basil to the lower layers.

    recipe for homemade beef lasagna
  4. Now add the second or third layer of noodles.  Next place another layer of sauce.  Now add a bit more Ricotta cheese over it.  Next place the discs of Mozzarella cheese evenly over the layer and then top with a sprinkle of the shredded Parmesan and Romano cheese.  You can also place any of the slices of basil here for a pretty color and awesome taste.  I added a bit of the chopped oregano too. 

    how to layer and bake homemade lasagna
  5. Now bake this at 425 for about 20 - 22 minutes and then turn it on broil for about 2 minutes if you want the browned cheese effect.  

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  6. The very last thing is to remove it carefully from the oven, let it cool off and then enjoy!  

    easy beef lasagna recipe

Recipe Notes

This is a must try if you want to have fun in the kitchen and produce a showstopping meal.  It'll make everyone's mouth water when they smell it and when you present it, people won't be able to resist digging in.  If you don't have a Lasagna noodle press, you can buy one here cheap

Savory, Cheesy Apple Rose Pastry Recipe

 

Savory, Cheesy Apple Rose Pastry Recipe

Ready to make those delicious apple roses you've seen on Facebook and Pinterest?  Our fun twist combines bacon or prosciutto with Gruyere to make a decadent treat. 

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2 large apples I do either fuji or gala
  • 1 box puff pastry room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 block Gruyere cheese shredded
  • 1 large lemon halved
  • 1 package proscuitto or thin sliced bacon

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees.  Now thaw your puff pastry to room temperature and slice into 6 pieces.  While the puff pastry is thawing, grease a cupcake baking sheet and mix the egg with a tablespoon of water to create an egg wash.  

  2. Wash and halve your apples.  Then core them and slice them thin.  Once sliced, add water to a microwavable safe bowl and squeeze in 1/2 to 1 lemon and the apple slices.  Now microwave for 1 minute increments until the apples can bend without breaking.  

  3. Cut the puff pastry into 6 even slices.  Place the egg wash on the top side of the puff pastry.  Next line the puff pastry with a slice of the thin cut bacon or prosciutto and the apples along the puff pastry. Make sure to leave half of the puff pastry available so you can fold it over.  Once complete, add in a light sprinkle of the grated Gruyere.  

  4. Now roll the apple roses and place them into the cupcake tins.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes or until everything is cooked.  I take them out and sprinkle some cheese on for the last 5 minutes for an extra fun look.  

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How to Make Chili Chicken & Chili Fries (Diet Friendly)

Whether you’re on a diet or not, something that is always amazing is chili. With the holidays coming up and the weather getting cold, I needed a diet friendly solution. Last night it came to me. You’re welcome!

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How to Make Chili Chicken & Chili Fries (Diet Friendly)

This super fun and really easy recipe is a great alternative to one of my favorite comfort foods. Perfect for winter & under 30 min!

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 breasts chicken butterflied
  • 2 tsp chili powder separated in two (I use tbsp but not everyone likes it spicy)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder separated into two
  • 2 tbsp cumin ground and separated into two
  • 1 bunch italian parsley chopped fine
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 sweet potato sliced into wedges
  • 2 small red potatoes sliced into wedges
  • 1/2 medium lemon juiced
  • 1 large extra virgin olive oil a whole bunch
  • sea salt fine grain
  • black pepper ground

Instructions

  1. Start by washing all of your ingredients while you preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  

    ingredients-for-chili-chicken
  2. Slice your sweet potatoes and red potatoes into wedges (I kept the skin on) and then place in a bowl or on a baking sheet.  Now drizzle a bunch of extra virgin olive oil over them, add 1/2 of the cumin, garlic powder and chili powder.  

    Coat the potato wedges in the mixture and then bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until they're cooked and have a nice char on them.  

    chili-flavored-fries-recipe
  3. Now we need to make some sauces.  One I put on the fries and sliced tomatoes, the other is for our chili flavored chicken breasts.  

    Sauce 1, combine 1/2 of the garlic with a large drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 of the remaining chili powder, garlic and cumin.  As a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, the parsley and then mix together and set aside.  

    In the next bowl, add the remaining spices to lemon juice with a large drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper and remaining garlic.  Mix this together.  It is for your chicken.  

  4. In a frying pan, cover the chicken breasts in the chicken marinade and cook over medium high heat until done.  It takes me about 4 or 5 minutes on each side if I'm using butterflied or smashed breasts.   

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Recipe Notes

You can add or take away from the spices and garlic to modify to your individual tastes.  This is one that I will absolutely be making again.  I may try it with chipotle peppers too.  

Cinnamon & White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies (OMG!)

Not only are these an amazing fall cookie, but they took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish. They taste ridiculously good and they also mean I no longer have to go to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Once you taste these cinnamon, pumpkin spice and white chocolate chip cookies, you’ll never look at another fall cookie the same.

pumpkin spice cinnamon and white chocolate chip cookie recipe
Cinnamon & White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies (OMG!)
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If you're looking to make something ridiculously good, these pumpkin spice and white chocolate cookies are incredible. This is a must-have for fall!
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
pumpkin spice cinnamon and white chocolate chip cookie recipe
Cinnamon & White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies (OMG!)
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If you're looking to make something ridiculously good, these pumpkin spice and white chocolate cookies are incredible. This is a must-have for fall!
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Then toss two sticks or 1 cup of butter into your stand mixer and beat it until it's whipped. Next add the sugar in and let it mix until it's fluffy.
    recipe for pumpkin spice cookies
  2. Once your dough looks like the photo above, add the egg and then the vanilla extract once the egg is mixed in.
    pumpkin spice white chocolate chip cookies
  3. Now add the pumpkin pie spice and then the cinnamon.
    pumpkin pie spice
  4. Next add your white chocolate chips.
    easy pumpkin spice cookie recipe
  5. Once everything is mixed together, roll the dough into balls and place on a baking sheet.
    how to make pumpkin spice cookies
  6. Now bake them for about 12 to 15 minutes or until the edges start to turn brown. Then remove from the oven, let them cool and get ready to go crazy.
    pumpkin spice cinnamon and white chocolate chip cookie recipe
Recipe Notes

If you want a couple of fun tweaks, try 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder or 1/2 teaspoon of all spice. Both can add to the flavor profile. I actually like these a bit more simple so you can really get the cinnamon and pumpkin spice from the cookie, but both of those are great too.

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Jalapeno & Bacon BBQ Meatloaf Recipe

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Jalapeno & Bacon BBQ Meatloaf Recipe
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Looking for a new delicious recipe for a spicy meatloaf? Look no further. Here is how to make a fun one everyone will love.
Servings Prep Time
2 3 loafs 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 3 loafs 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
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Jalapeno & Bacon BBQ Meatloaf Recipe
Print Recipe
Looking for a new delicious recipe for a spicy meatloaf? Look no further. Here is how to make a fun one everyone will love.
Servings Prep Time
2 3 loafs 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 3 loafs 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 3 loafs
Instructions
  1. Gather all of your ingredients and line them up for prep.
  2. Start by combining the breadcrumbs, sea salt, black pepper and dry seasonings in a large bowl so they mix nicely. Next add in the eggs, jalapenos and ground beef,,,then mix thoroughly and let rest.
  3. While the ground beef is seasoning, add the mushrooms with a drizzle of oil to a pan over medium high heat and saute them until the turn golden brown. Once cooled, chop them up and mix into the ground beef.
  4. Now take the mixture and make loafs out of it. I did three but I normally do two. I wanted one to save for lunch today. Bake in the oven at 425 for about 25 minutes (large loaves need 30) and then remove and let cool.
  5. Remove from the oven and pour on some of your favorite bbq sauce. Because I didn't mix bacon into the ground beef, I did Harry and David's chipotle bacon bbq sauce.
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Recipe Notes

One of the most important things to remember when cooking classic American meals and comfort food is to cook with love.  It's funny how thinking about happy things and the people you care about most really impact the taste.  When you cook with love it shows...when you have amazing flavors like bacon and jalapeno, it makes them even more incredible.  I only say this because I really feel it helps bring out the fun as you and the people you care about dig into this delicious dish.

If you're looking for something to take away from the spice a little bit, I added slices of honeycrisp apples to the side.  Gala or Fuji also work great.  The sweet and light apples take away from the spice and add a really nice complement to the flavors of the meatloaf.

Thank you again for reading and let me know how this recipe works for you.

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2010 Casalforno Chianti Classica Riserva Review

This Chianti is holy crap amazing.  From the minute you open it and smell the aroma to the first taste with a huge bite, you’ll be in love.  It’s rare that I love a wine that normally needs to breath at a first sip, but this one does not disappoint.  It does start to open more as it breathes, but you don’t need to wait.  Pour, drink and get ready to open the next bottle.

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Pumpkin Spiced Meringue Cookies & More!

Between all of the fall holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas you have non stop eating, excuses to not go to the gym and tons of stress.  That’s why I love making meringue cookies to snack on.  Here are four fun versions that are all fall holiday themed and absolutely amazing.  The post shares my generic meringue cookie recipe and then how to make each of the four festive flavors.

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Pumpkin Spiced Meringue Cookies

From Halloween to Thanksgiving and even Christmas, Meringue cookies are my diet snack of choice. Here are 4 fun versions for you!

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pint egg whites
  • 1 tbsp creme de tartar you can use more
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp good vanilla extract I use mexican
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract

Instructions

  1. Start by adding the cream de tartar, vanilla and egg whites into your mixer and whip it until it becomes stiff peaks. Once the peaks begin forming, you'll start adding in the sugar slowly and continue to let it whip together.

    pumpkin spice meringue recipe
  2. Here is what stiff peaks looks like for meringue cookies.

    how to make meringue cookies with pumpkin
  3. Now you have the first flavor, vanilla. Add 1/4 of the meringue to a piping bag and set 1/4 aside in a bowl for later. Pipe the first 1/4 onto a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    Next lets make the pumpkin spice meringue cookies. For these you only have to add the pumpkin spice mix in. Once complete, add 1/2 to a piping bag to the parchment paper and get ready to make the next flavor, chocolate pumpkin spiced meringue cookies.

    ingredients for pumpkin spice meringue
  4. The next flavor is even easier to make. Add the cocoa powder and then whip for another few minutes. Once it's blended in add it to a piping bag and then pipe onto a baking sheet with parchment paper on it. Now for the last one, peppermint meringue cookies.

    how to make chocolate pumpkin spice meringue cookies
  5. Peppermint meringue cookies are scary because the extract might melt the meringue down. Make sure you add it very slowly and keep the mixer on high while not letting it splash you. If it starts to thin, add a bit of sugar and possibly a bit more cream de tartar. This is one flavor that sometimes melts and means you need to start over which isn't fun.

    Once you have all four flavors piped, place them in an oven for 6 hours at 200 degrees. Once they finish, do not remove them. Let them sit in the oven after it's been turned off over night if you can. In the morning take them out and you're done. If you don't leave them in the oven, there is a good chance they'll crack. That doesn't change them much, they're just not as pretty.

    Let me know how this recipe works for you and thank you again for reading!

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How to Make Gingerbread French Toast

 

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How to Make Gingerbread French Toast

OMG, this is an addiction. If you love that spicy goodness of gingerbread, that warm yummy you get in french toast and everything fall, this is for you!

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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

Gingerbread French Toast

  • 3 - 6 slices gingerbread cut thick
  • 3 large eggs beat them with a fork
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 - 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Cinnamon Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup whipping cream light or heavy
  • 1 - 2 tbsp vanilla extract go with your taste
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 slice bacon crispy and crumbled

Instructions

Make Your Gingerbread French Toast

  1. The first thing to do is spray a pan with non stick cooking spray. Now set up your dredging stations. Turn the stove up to medium heat and mix all of the wet ingredients together. 

    ingredients for gingerbread french toast
  2. Once your frying pan is hot, dip the gingerbread in on both side and place on the frying pan. Let these cook for about 3 to 5 minutes on each side and then remove and put them on a plate.

    how to make gingerbread french toast

Make Cinnamon, Vanilla Whipped Cream

  1. While they are cooking on the first side, make your whipped cream. Add the cinnamon, vanilla and whipping cream to your stand mixer (or you can whip it by hand if you don't have one).  

    If you want to add bacon to it, add it on the next step, but make sure it is crumbled so you don't get big chunks that aren't as appealing. Bigger chunks is great for frosting, but not whipped cream.

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  2. Once it is at a whipped topping consistency, add in 1/4 to 1/3 cup of white sugar and then whip it more until it is thick enough to stand on it's own and up to warm gingerbread. Now place it on top of the gingerbread french toast or place it in a bowl and let people serve themselves.

Recipe Notes

You can modify this anyway you'd like.  Cinnamon sugar instead of cinnamon to make it sweeter.  Nutmeg or pumpkin spice can be fun and most chili powders taste awesome with these ingredients.  

A Lower Calorie Baked Chicken Parm!

Ok, I don’t know how many calories this will actually have, but I removed the frying and removed the pasta and modified it from the recipe I used to use.  It’s baked, has some lower calorie ingredients (compared to the regular ones) and by plating it with salads or lower calorie options other than paste and removing the tomato sauce, in my mind it’s lower calorie…and that works for me.

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How to Make A Low Calorie Baked Chicken Parm!

Do you love chicken parmesan but hate the high calorie counts? This spicy version of a classic will help fix that. Love this one!

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs italian work great
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili flakes or powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 3 tbsp sour cream use low fat or low calorie
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt fine grain
  • ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Take a flat pan or a bowl and combine the panko bread crumbs with the chili flakes (add as much as you like) with the oregano, basil, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, a pinch of sea salt and a pinch of black pepper and mix together. I ended up adding chili powder and flakes to mine because I like a bit of heat in my chicken parmesan.

    ingredients for baken chicken parmesan
  2. Now take another bowl and add the sour cream to it. Next add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper to the chicken breasts and then dredge the chicken breasts through the bowl with the sour cream and then cover it with the panko bread crumb mixture.

    recipe for a baked chicken parmesan
  3. Now you have two options, you can heat a pan to medium high add a large drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and kind of sear the chicken breasts first and then go to the baking sheet, or you can do what I do and place them directly on a baking sheet and into the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes or until they're cooked all the way. Either one works great.

    how to make baked chicken parm

Recipe Notes

You can alter with garlic powder, chili powder any anything else to match it to your own individual taste.  

Now take them out of the oven and serve with anything from brussel sprouts to roasted potatoes or whatever lower calorie or healthy option you’d like.  This is an awesome spin on chicken parmesan that you’ll hopefully love as much as I do.