Saturday, January 17, 2009

Garfield's Favorite Food

The weather has turned cold and windy and snowy so I've been making good, hearty dishes that will keep us warm. Today's post is lacking a photo of the finished product since I was pressed for time and couldn't get a piece out without making a mess everywhere. But there are photos of Garfield's favorite food being made. I'll also note that I used boxed lasagna noodles this time, but I usually make it from my own homemade pasta.

1 pound ground turkey
1 pound spicy sausage meat
1/2 medium-sized onion, diced
1 can (28 fl oz) crushed tomatoes
1 can (5.5 fl oz) tomato paste
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped

6 strips of lasagna noodles
1 ball of mozzarella cheese, finely sliced or grated

  • If using boxed noodles, boil water and pour it over the noodles to soften. If using fresh pasta, skip this step.
  • In a skillet, cook the ground turkey, sausage meat and onions together over medium heat. Once the meat has browned, drain off the excess liquid.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and basil and mix in well. Allow it to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • To assemble lasagna, cover the bottom of a casserole dish with a very thin layer of sauce to prevent the noodles from sticking. Then place 3 strips of the pasta on top of the sauce.

  • Then cover the pasta with half of the meat sauce.

  • Cover the meat sauce with the cheese slices or grated cheese.
  • Then cover the cheese layer with another layer of pasta followed by meat sauce and topped with cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until cheese has melted and the lasagna is bubbly.