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Ultimate Lasagne

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  1. Keyhole

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    Ultimate Lasagna

    TIMES:

    Prep: 15 minutes
    Cook: 2 hours and 5 minutes
    Cool: 10 minutes

    SERVING SIZE:
    8 servings

    INGREDIENTS:

    2 cups canned diced tomatoes
    2 cups tomato sauce
    ½ cup water
    ½ cup onions, diced
    ½ cup green peppers, diced
    4 garlic cloves, diced
    ¼ cup chopped parsley
    1½ tsp. Italian seasoning
    1½ tsp. house seasoning
    1½ tsp. seasoning salt
    1½ tsp. sugar
    2 bay leaves
    1½ lbs. ground beef
    1 box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
    6-9 oven-ready lasagna noodles
    12 oz. ricotta cheese
    1 egg, beaten
    ½ cup parmesan cheese
    2 cups colby jack shredded cheese blend
    2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    8 oz. cream cheese
    1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

    DIRECTIONS:
    Layer Preparation
    LAYER 1-SAUCE: In a stockpot, combine the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, onions, peppers garlic, parsley, seasonings, sugar, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Crumble the ground beef in a saucepan. Cook until no pink remains, then drain off fat. Add the beef and the thawed, chopped spinach to the stockpot. Simmer for another 20 minutes. Remove bay leaves.
    LAYER 2-NOODLES: No preparation needed.
    LAYER 3-RICOTTA MIXTURE: Mix ricotta cheese with egg and parmesan.
    LAYER 4-SHREDDED CHEESES: Combine colby, jack, and cheddar cheeses.
    LAYER 5-CREAM CHEESE: No preparation needed.

    Assembly
    Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a 13x9-inch pan. Layer 1/3 each of noodles, ricotta mixture, and shredded cheese mixture. 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. Cover and refrigerate or bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with mozzarella and continue to bake for another 10 to 15 minutes (40 minutes if refrigerated).

    SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
    Serve with Ultimate Cheesey Garlic bread.
     
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