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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Maw-Maw's American Lasagna


     Most people in the midwest grow up with their mom making lasagna one of two ways:
  1. With ricotta
  2. With cottage cheese
     I grew up having neither in my lasagna!  MiMi made lasagna completely different and she learned to make it that way from Maw-Maw.  So get ready to be shocked, amazed or possibly horrified.  No matter what, just promise you will give it a try!



    Are you dying to know what the secret filling is?  I guess I can let you in on the family secret.  Maw-Maw used Velveeta in her lasagna!  I know, I know.  I'll give you a minute to digest that.

Ready?

Ready now?

    Ok.  Now sit down for this.  I know you are in a fragile state already, I don't want this next part to do you in.  Instead of Italian sausage, she uses ground beef.  Yep, you read that right.  A ground beef and Velveeta lasagna, and it is AMAZING!  You just have to give it a try.  This was always one of my favorite dinners growing up.  It was usually a birthday or special occasion dinner and everyone loved it. As the years went on, I became the chief lasagna maker, a role I was happy to take.  I always loved helping in the kitchen.  Now I make a variety of lasagnas, but there is always a special place in my heart for this one. Matt, who thinks his mom's lasagna is pretty much the only one that deserves to go by the name of lasagna, was even a fan!  

    What are you waiting for?  Give it a try already!

Maw-Maw's lasagna with a slice of 100% whole wheat cheesy bread

     


Maw-Maw's American Lasagna

Ingredients:

1-2 jars spaghetti sauce (I usually use close to 1 1/2)
1 lb lasagna noodles, cooked to al dente and drained
1 lb ground beef
12 oz mozzarella cheese
1 lb Velveeta
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9x13" baking dish
  2. Start with a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the dish.
  3. Place a layer of pasta over the sauce.  Overlap the noodles to keep distinct layers.
  4. Next, layer more sauce, half the meat and half the mozzarella.
  5. Make another layer of pasta followed by slices of Velveeta.
  6. More pasta sauce, meat and mozzarella.  
  7. This time I stopped there due to there only being three of us and the pan I chose, when I was a kid I would do one more layer of pasta and sauce.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for an hour.  Remove the foil when there is about 10 minutes left and sprinkle on the Parmesan.  Return to the oven to finish the baking time. 
  9. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving. 


32 comments:

  1. I always like to add a little garlic and Italian herbs to the ground beef to add a little extra flavor. This has always been one of my favorite meals too. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and was surrounded by Italians. Somehow I grew up believing this is the best way to enjoy lasagna. I still like it best.

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    1. It is definitely still up there among my favorites too!

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  2. This lasagna recipe looks so good! I never think to use that cheese.
    Thanks for your recipe.
    Julie

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    1. I know, it is a different recipe but soooo good!

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  3. My husband is Italian so we love Italian food and I'm partial to Lasagne. Thanks for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom and have a great week.

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    1. Lasanga is one of my favorites too! There are few different varieties that I love, this is one of them. I could probably eat them all in rotation and never get tired of it!

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  4. This looks great Carlee! I have never really had any luck making Lasagna so I need to give this a try. And yes I usually use ricotta or cottage cheese so I love the velveeta in this! A keeper for sure! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!

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    1. It is a fun twist, that is for sure! I hope you love it! Thanks for hosting.

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  5. What an interesting twist! I love that this is something unique, and that you shared it with us :)
    I will definitely put it on my "Must try" list!

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    1. I was in high school before I realized this wasn't "normal lasagna!" We really love this version. I hope you do too!

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  6. This lasagna recipe. I have tried both versions.with ccottage cheese and ricotta and together as well. And I always use ground beef. Love them both. Love lasagna in general.

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    1. Me too, it is hard to go wrong with lasagna in my book!

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  7. We make it with Cheese sauce :) Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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  8. Deliciousness! YUM! We're actually having lasagna this week!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Yum! I absolutely love lasagna in all of its forms!

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  9. I absolutely love this! Doesn't get more Midwest than Velvetta and ground beef! Will definitely try this next time I make lasagna. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    1. It is definitely Midwest comfort food! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Wow I never thought to use Velvetta Cheese. Thanks for this recipe. #BlogFair

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    1. It is definitely a little different than normal, but we love it!

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  11. I have never heard of lasagna with Velvetta Cheese, very interesting! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing onour Mm Pinterest Board ! Have a great week!
    Kim

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    1. It is crazy, isn't it?! I didn't know lasagna was made any other way as a kid! Thanks for hosting!

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  12. Family recipes are always so important - this one looks yummy! Pinned it to try. Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Yes they are! They are full of memories and are so much fun to pass down. This one is definitely one of our favorites!

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  13. Maw Maws Lasagna looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen, we really enjoy making it her way!

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  14. I don't think we can get Velveeta in New Zealand :) I've always made lasagne with a cheese sauce.

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    1. That probably turns out very similar! It is so much fun to hear how people make their lasagna. It seems like each family has their favorite way!

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  15. Looks good! Thanks for sharing at the Whats for Dinner link party at the Lazy Gastronome!

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    1. It is one of our favorites! Thanks for hosting!

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  16. YES!! A lasagna I can serve the family! None of my group are fans of cottage cheese in lasagna, so this one should win them over. Thank you for sharing your family recipe over at the December Country Fair Blog Party.
    Laurie - Country Link

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    1. I hope they love it! Thanks for stopping by!

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