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Friday, September 4, 2015

Grandma's Homemade Southern Lasagna

When I was growing up, going to my grandma's house was always a treat.  She had a house on acres and acres of wooded, undeveloped land, so there were always plenty of places for my brothers and me to explore and plenty of trouble for us to stumble into!  Thankfully by the time we made it back to the house after exhausting ourselves roaming, my mom and my grandma would have something hot and delicious waiting for us at the dinner table, and many times it was this exact recipe!

(Did I mention how nice that sounds right about now?  I miss having dinner waiting for me when I walked through the door as a kid!  I should probably call my mom and thank her for the thousands of times she did this for me!)

And let me tell you, I loved when it was lasagna night at Grandma's house!  This recipe is comfort food at its best.  Now, this isn't a typical Italian lasagna -- it's a good old Southern lasagna concoction made with ingredients like cream cheese, sour cream, and pepperoni slices.  It's hearty, creamy (obviously!), and just downright delicious.

If you're looking for a filling, yummy, and easy recipe to cook for dinner tonight, this lasagna should rank high on your list.  Definitely give it a try and let me know what you think!

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp beef bouillon
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 8 oz lasagna noodles (half a package)
  • 1 package pepperoni slices
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Cook beef and onions in a large skillet until meat is browned; drain.  Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, parsley, Italian seasoning, beef bouillon granules, and garlic powder in with the beef and onions.  Cook on low heat for about 10 minutes.

In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, and eggs.  Stir well.  In the meantime, cook lasagna noodles according to package and then drain.

In the bottom of a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish, add a small amount of meat sauce.  Then layer noodles, cheese mixture, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese.  Repeat layers starting with the meat sauce, and on the final top layer add the Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes.  Then serve and enjoy! 

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