So everyone always thinks their mom’s cooking is the best in the whole world.
Well, not me.
My mom really couldn’t cook that many amazing things (no offense mom).
Don’t get me wrong she could whip up some mean hot dogs and homemade mac and cheese but that was about the extent of her expertise.
One dish she did always execute to perfection was lasagna. Totally basic, easy lasagna. None of that make your own sauce shit here. Just straight up Prego sauce with some added love and other goodies all layered into a pan and baked until the house smelled like heaven.
This dish is always better the second day as leftovers when all the delish juices all soak together and everything gets super happy.
So below I present to you, the simplest lasagna you may ever make, courtesy of my loving mother.
1 large jar of Prego Traditional sauce
1 box of uncooked lasagna noodles
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. hot Italian sausage
8 oz. large curd cottage cheese
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese (I always add more because more cheese equals more happy)
1 green bell pepper (chopped)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In a pot of boiling salted water, add lasagna noodles and cook until al dente.
In a saucepan, remove sausage from casing and cook together with ground beef. Once fully cooked, add in the green pepper, cook until just soft and then sauce and cook until sauce is warmed through.
In a 9 x 13 pan start to assemble your lasagna. First put a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of the pan, followed by a single layer of noodles. Next add another layer of sauce, then a layer of cottage cheese, then a layer of shredded mozzarella.
Continue this process until you reach the top of the pan. Sprinkle more shredded mozzarella on top and cover with aluminum foil.
Bake for 45-60 mins (or until its bubbling), removing the foil for the last 10-15 mins so the cheese can brown.
Let the lasagna rest for 10 mins after you remove it from the oven.
Pictured here: my mom and I not making lasagna – I thought you should see the woman behind the recipe.