Now that we all know how to make our own pasta and ricotta, let's put it together with a few other things for some lasagna....
I found this recipe somewhere online. I forget where, because I would gladly post a link and give them Kudos like I always do. I love a good lasagna, but somehow layering the noodles doesn't work for everyone including me. Even laying them different directions as you go, sometimes you cut into it and stuff goes everywhere. You are left with a big pile of noodles, cheese, meat and sauce, not resembling much of anything recognizable.
When I make the noodles, I make the 2 egg pasta, which makes about 9 lasagna noodles. The 9 noodles will fill a 9X9 pan. You can also place 1 or 2 rolls in separate pans for single servings- good for lunches...
Lasagna noodles, 1 package if not making your own
ricotta cheese, 8 oz if you are using store bought.
1 lb mozzarella cheese, grated
grated Parmesan cheese- optional
1 lb Italian sausage- optional
1 jar of pasta sauce
Cook the meat if you are using any, shred or crumble, drain any grease off and set aside. Cook the noodles in boiling water until they float. I usually cook one or two noodles at a time. Taking one out to cool, slipping another one in and going along from there until the noodles are all cooked.
Place a small amount of pasta sauce in the bottom of the 9X9 pan, this will keep the noodles from sticking when you bake. As the noodles cool enough to handle them, place a spoonful of pasta sauce on the end of the noodle, smear it the length of the noodle if you choose. Spread some ricotta cheese on the end of the noodle, sprinkle some meat, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese on the end or full length. Roll the length of the noodle and place the roll in the pan.
When all of the noodles are rolled and in the pan, use the rest of the sauce over the noodles. Use the remainder of the mozzarella and Parmesan to sprinkle over the top of the noodles as well. This can now either be frozen for later or baked in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. I try to make Italian bread, garlic bread or at least bread sticks to go with this. Enjoy!
*Edited to add- Lasagna Alfredo Roll Ups, same thing sort of, but stuffed with spinach instead and covered with alfredo sauce... I gotta try this one. All recipes also has a few other variations- Lasagna roll ups. Turkey, tofu, veggie, southwest sausage, chicken, seafood, crab... I guess it depends on your tastes.