Most people in the midwest grow up with their mom making lasagna one of two ways:
- With ricotta
- 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.
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
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
- Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9x13" baking dish
- Start with a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the dish.
- Place a layer of pasta over the sauce. Overlap the noodles to keep distinct layers.
- Next, layer more sauce, half the meat and half the mozzarella.
- Make another layer of pasta followed by slices of Velveeta.
- More pasta sauce, meat and mozzarella.
- 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.
- 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.
- Let sit for 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.