Mile High Lasagna #SundaySupper Home for the Holidays Event

Mile High Lasagna

This week’s theme made perfect sense to the Bee household. Home for the Holidays could not ring more true than it does this year. My son moved away for school this year. He moved pretty freaking far. We’re in Ontario and he is in Alberta. After we drove him out there this summer it really hit me how far he is and how much I miss him. I realize hooligans need to spread their wings but Alberta is freaking far. We were missing B-Dude and he was homesick so we made the decision for him to come home for Christmas. Little did we know how expensive it is to fly a hooligan that freaking far at that freaking time of the year. Okay I digress. Back to the warm and fuzzies.

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I drove up to Toronto to pick B-Dude up on Monday. It’s cheaper to fly to Toronto than to Windsor. Flying to Windsor is freaking ridiculously expensive. So I hopped in my car and went on a solo mission for 4 freaking hours to pick B-Dude up. Luckily my tummy behaved and the trip was mildly uneventful. Other than having to jump my freaking car hours from home because it would not freaking start. After lots of getting lost and going around in freaking circles me and young hooligan made the 4 hour trek back home. We stopped in London so I could stretch my legs *cough, shop at the mall, cough* a bit. I was so freaking happy when we found out London mall has a Purdy’s Chocolate. I may have freaking freaked a little bit. Then I calmed down and bought all the chocolate sucker Santa’s they had in the store. Oh, give me a freaking break, you would have cleaned them out too. They are freaking awesome.

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We got home and ordered some dinner. Pizza and Sonny Fries, although mini-me forgot to say “Sonny” before the fry part when she ordered them so they were just freaking normal fries when got them home. She did not realize Sonny Fries were special wedge fries. She just thought we were being super freaking bossy when we told her to order from Sonny’s and get pizza and Sonny Fries. She must have thought we didn’t trust her to order the food so we had to keep repeating the word Sonny. Apparently we can’t freaking trust her. Who knew?

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So I was suppose to make this lasagna the other night. The plan was to make it for mini-me’s birthday. But mini-me had other plans. She wanted pizza from freaking Pizza Hut. So the lasagna got shoved to the back burner. Which is why you are not getting a freaking cooked photo of it till later today. It’s literally our freaking Sunday Supper. So for now you get a freaking unfinished, uncooked, unplated photo. Yup, I’m nothing if not freaking organized and on the ball. But it’s completely not my freaking fault. You can all blame mini-me. She’s used to it. I blame her for freaking everything.

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Once I realized I still needed to make the lasagna I vowed I’d be hyper organized on Saturday. But then I realized we didn’t have our freaking Christmas tree yet. So 3 days before freaking Christmas we decided to get off our duffs and go get a tree. The joys of older kids is they are so freaking busy it’s nearly impossible to get everyone together to go pick out a tree. So we high-tailed it to get our tree, but me and mini-me got sidelined by needing our eyebrows done. What? Like you wouldn’t get sidelined by a unibrow? I freaking think you would. So the dudes drove up to a tree lot a friend suggested. Hubs called in a freaking panic wondering where we were and then freaked out cuz this tree place had no nice trees. I told him to slow his roll, and we’d meet them at the other tree lot around the corner. Then I realized I still needed freaking gas. So I stopped so I wouldn’t run out of gas in the middle of freaking nowhere. Then we made a quick, er, not so quick stop at a local place called Canadian Tire. After hubs panicked call about the trees I thought a backup plan was in order. It was almost dinner time and we still had no tree. So me and mini-me scooted into the store and looked at freaking artificial trees. Did I ever tell you how much I hate freaking artificial trees? Well I do. I really freaking do. But desperate times call for desperate measures so after telling the dudes we were almost there when they called a bazillion times wondering where we were again, we spent a long time picking out an artificial tree. It’s freaking ugly and makes sounds like rice krispies in milk. Don’t ask, we can’t freaking figure it out either. We loaded up the snap, crackle and pop tree and went along our merry, albeit, very late freaking way. We got to the tree lot and the dudes looked frozen. I mean that’ll teach them for not freaking dressing warm. Hello, we live in Canada people. Dress appropriately and always assume Lunie is going to be a freaking hour late. The dudes had already looked around and pointed out one they liked. I was sort of distracted by the country craft store so I may have just muttered “yah, whatevs” and wandered off. We paid the nice frozen attendant who seemed to hate me, which I really don’t understand. I mean you work at a tree lot in freaking Canada sir, dress appropriately. Not my fault if you get freaking frostbite while some lady arrives late then wanders off to look at country crafts. If you don’t want ladies looking at country crafts then maybe you shouldn’t have them out where those ladies can see them. Otherwise maybe you need to zip your frozen piehole and let the lady spend all her money on country crap she doesn’t need. Anyhow I digress. We sent the dudes home to set up the tree and we zipped off for groceries and to finish our Christmas shopping. Okay, seriously you guys are so judgemental. If I didn’t have my tree yet, or my lasagna made did you really freaking think I was done my Christmas shopping. Yah, I don’t think so.

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We hit Costco where people wandered aimlessly. I may have freaking bumped a few people on purpose but seriously they freaking had it coming. Who stands around gabbing and blocking aisles when other people are in a hurry and have lasagna to make. Cripes! Then we went to the mall. I swear that place is a freaking nightmare. I may have started an argument with a young gal in video place but she totally had it coming. I  mean if I can buy Volume 1 and 2 of something for $30 each but you want to charge me $100 for the combo pack then you better be prepared to be grilled like you’re on trial. I may have be heard muttering “you can’t handle the truth” a few times but that was just for freaking fun. We then wandered over to Walmart and let’s just say Walmart’s last minute shoppers are an angry, pathetic bunch. Oh wait, I was one of them. Let me clarify, Walmart’s last minute shoppers are super freaking awesome. We got out of there as quick as possible and wandered over to the Taco Bell drive thru. So what! Who wouldn’t be hungry after a day like that. I may have lost my appetite when I saw the cook wander past the drive thru window in his tank top. Gross! Shame on you Taco Bell, shame on you. Then since mini-me hates freaking Taco Bell I scooted across the way to A & W for her. I swear the girl the took my order was confused where she worked cuz there was some wildly inappropriate response. Apparently she works at a questionable phone line as her “other job” and was confused where she was. I may have laughed all the way through the drive thru, while she took my money and possibly all the freaking way home.

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So we got home and the dudes did not have everything ready to decorate. Must have been my penance for making them freeze their…er, tushies off. So we started getting stuff organized to decorate the house and the tree, er trees. Somehow I seem to be blocking out that I have a freaking artificial tree as well as a real tree this year. You know when you put up your tree late the best, most sensible thing to do is buy two so you can really overwhelm yourself. Go big or go freaking home right. So we spent hours putzing and then mini-me got violently ill. So it was an interesting night here at the Bee household. Needless to freaking say the lasagna got shoved to the backburner while we got everything done and made sure mini-me was okay. Poor kid. Meanwhile she has to work in the morning. I feel so freaking sorry for her. She’s having a rough week. As am I apparently. I mean who can’t make a lasagna on time and actually eat it before their post is due. Well, me of freaking course. But it’s made and we’ll have a great Sunday Supper this week. Then I’ll take photos and edit them in for you all. I freaking promise. Unless anyone needs their freaking eyebrows done, or gas, or an artificial tree, or a real tree, or groceries or a trip to the mall. Then all bets are off. Cuz I’m not Wonder Woman people. I have limits. I would however like to spin like Wonder Woman, cuz that’s just freaking cool. I bet she always made her lasagna on time. Freaking superheroes.

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Mile High Lasagna #SundaySupper Home for the Holidays Event

Mile High Lasagna #SundaySupper Home for the Holidays Event

Super large lasagna recipe made in a roasting pan. Lots of layers of extra ooey gooey cneese!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds of ground beef, cooked
  • 2 monster sized cans (2.84 L) of San Marzano tomatoes, blended
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons dried sweet basil
  • Salt to taste
  • 8 bay leaves
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 red onion, chopped fine
  • 3 shallots, chopped fine
  • 2 can of tomato paste (13 fl oz/369 ml)
  • 2 boxes of lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 3 kg of mozzarella cheese, grated

Instructions

  • In a frying pan brown your ground beef until cooked well.
  • In a separate pan cook your onion and shallot in a little olive oil until golden.
  • Using two large dutch ovens, pour your tomatoes inside and add your spices. Then add sugar. Mix well and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for about 3ish minutes, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Add your tomato paste and stir in well. Now cover and allow to simmer for an hour, or up to about 2ish hours. Stir from time to time. Adjust seasonings to your taste as you go.
  • Meanwhile put on 2 large stock pots of water, bring to boil. Pop in your noodles and cook to time specified on package minus about 2 minutes.
  • Drain noodles but do not rinse.
  • Remove bay leaves from sauce.
  • Now in a large rectangular roasting pan, you can start to build your lasagna.
  • First put down a thin layer of sauce, helps keeps things from sticking.
  • Now add a layer of noodles.
  • Now add a generous layer of sauce.
  • Now add a generous layer of cheese.
  • Repeat over and over until you get to the top of the pan.
  • Do not panic if the noodles don't fit exactly. I leave a little space around the two ends and pour extra sauce in. That way you get a nice soupy extra bit to nosh on while people are munching on bread waiting for you to get this served up.
  • Place in a 350 to 375 degree oven and cook for about oh, say, 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove, and cut into it.
  • Scoop the sloppy super tall ooey gooey goodness on the plates.
  • Serve with a big old "I just made enough lasagna for a small army" smile!

Notes

This makes an enormous amount of lasagna. You use a large roasting pan to cook it. So it feeds a ton of people which is perfect for the holidays. You can dial back the spice if you like. We like spicy. You can dial back the sugar if you like. We like the added sweetness.

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So I”ll freaking be back after dinner to edit some more food pictures into the post. For now you can enjoy pics of our tree and Malia, demon spawn of Satan, aka our dog. I promise I’ll be freaking back with drool worthy photos. I’d like to know who coined that freaking phrase. I mean do you really want people drooling. Freaking gross.

While you’re waiting for me to get my act together and feed my family here’s some folks who actually cook for theirs:

Breakfast
- Orange Refrigerator Rolls by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Eggs Benedict by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Holiday Cream Cheese Tea Ring by That Skinny Chick can Bake
- Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake by Small Wallet Big Appetite

Appetizers & Snacks
- Chicken Liver Pate by Tora’s Real Food
- Bindaetteok {Mung Bean Pancakes}by Kimchi Mom
- Crab and Asparagus Soup by The Urban Mrs.
- Roasted Chestnuts by Curious Cuisiniere

Sides
- Potato Salad {Schwaebischer Kartoffelsalat} byGalactopdx
- Italian Orange Salad by Shockingly Delicious
- Sweet Potato Casserole by Magnolia Days
- Lightened up Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes by Real Nutrition
- Carrots au gratin by Juanitas Cocina

Main Dishes
- Char Siu Bao – Chinese Roast Pork Buns by
The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Christmas Eve Pizza & Martinis by The Webicurian
- Savory Crepe Cake by Vintage Kitchen Notes
- West Indian Curried Goat by The ROXX Box
- Pot Cheese and Potato Cheese Pierogies by
Cupcakes and Kale chips
- Seafood Gumbo and Grilled Oysters: A Louisiana Christmas
Tradition by the Catholic Foodie
- Mom’s Paella by What Smells So Good?
- Portuguese inspired Chorizo Crown Pork Roast by
The Family Foodie
- Dorie’s Chicken in a Pot by Gotta Get Baked
- New Year’s Eve Buckwheat Noodles with Mochi by The Ninja Baker
- Crab Cakes for Christmas Eve by Daddy Knows Less
- Mile High Lasagna by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Red Chile Pork Tamales by Home Cooking Memories

Desserts
- Pizzelles {Italian Wafer Cookies} by Chocolate Moosey
- Fudge by Dinner Dishes and Desserts
- Crescent Cookies by Cookistry
- Christmas Stollen by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
- #GlutenFree Cookies for Santa by The Cooking Underwriter
- Pfeffernusse by The Foodie Army Wife
- Creme De Menthe Cake by I Run for Wine
- Panettone Bread Pudding by the Country Girl in the Village
- Spiced Gingerbread Gooey Butter Cake | A twist on a St. Louis
Favorite by Daily Dish Recipes
- Chocolate Gingerbread Layer Cake with Eggnog Cream Cheese by
Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends
- Jamaican Christmas Pudding by Lovely Pantry
- White Chocolate Cranberry Santa Cookies by Mooshu Jenne
- Christmas Tree Cookies by Damn Delicious
- Old Fashioned Lady Fingers {Creamhorns} by The Meltaways
- Rose Milk Almond Falooda {Indian Dessert Drink} by
Sue’s  Nutrition Buzz

Drinks
- Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
- Cinnamon Infused Hot Chocolate with Southern Comfort Whipped
Cream by Mama Mommy Mom
- Mint Chocolate Cocoa by Mama’s Blissful Bites

What does it mean for you to be Home for the Holidays?  Please join on us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper on December 23rd.  In the evening we will meet at 7pm EST for our #SundaySupper to talk about our Holiday Traditions.  We are so excited to have you join us.  All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.

Please feel free to share with us and our followers your favorite Holiday recipe on our #SundaySupper Pinterest Board.

Stop by later tonight for photos of the dish once it’s cut. It’s sure to be a mess. Luckily I dig freaking  messy food.

 

Toodles and freaking smoochies! xx

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Comments

  1. 1

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and I do enjoy your blog………. but saying ‘freaking’ at least 57 times in today’s article is a bit much…. you think.

  2. 3

    LOL! Love your lasagna recipe and looking forward to your stellar photos. In the meantime…A) Nice to know that even Kim Bee is actually human and not a super-hero and B) Very much enjoying the pictures of your adorable Malia =)

  3. 4

    After one of those days, you have your tree and your lasagna! Good job. Did your dog eat the decoration? Happy holidays Kim!

  4. 5

    I want that huge lasagna pan and I want your cute ornaments! Thank you for making me laugh so many times with your posts this past year! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Looking forward to more laughs next year!

  5. 6

    That’s right, freaking superheros! LOL! I think you pulled off some super hero work with this lasagna!! Hope you have a wonderful and joyous Christmas with your family. :)

  6. 7

    I want to freaking come for dinner. That’s freaking all.

    Oh yeah, and Merry freaking Chrismas, to you my friend, and all of your sweet freaking family.

  7. 8

    This is the biggest lasagna I have ever seen. And I laughed out loud reading about Costco… that happens to me all the time, why do people just stand there in the middle of the aisles when I’m on a mission?!

  8. 9

    This is some serious lasagna!!! That recipe sounds amazing and makes me want it for my Sunday supper. Yum!

  9. 10

    Merry Christmas! I can see your family is so full of crazy fun for the holidays. I would have LOVED to have seen a sliced photo of the lasagna!
    :)
    V

    • 11

      I promise I’ll pop one up tonight. I’ll let you know when so you can it in all it’s mad glory. Mine are super cheesy so getting the shot before it starts sliding around is hard. lol

  10. 12
    Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) says:

    Freaking amusing! :-)

    Hope you have a freaking good Christmas!

  11. 13

    We want pictures! OK, OK, eat your dinner first. ;-) Nice looking recipe. That’s a lot of tomato! Are the cans 2.84 liters each, or is that their combined volume? I love lasagna and haven’t made it in ages. Time to again, don’t you think? Good stuff – thanks.

    • 14

      Lol John, that made me howl with laughter. I promise photos later. I can’t wait to dive in head first. It’s a huge batch of lasagna. And yup, two cans of 2.84 liters. Isn’t that crazy. And over 2 kg of beef. It’s about a $60 lasagna. But omg so worth it and feeds a small army. Honestly it’s freaking massive. You need to do lasagna. I’d love to see your photographs of it. It’s so hard to photography mine cuz I use way too much cheese and they it starts that slow slide. lol

  12. 15

    Haha…never a dull moment in the Bee house! Love that Malia was quite involved in your holiday decorating…and that B made it home safely. Hope K is feeling better…and the whole family will be able to dive in and eat your amazing lasagna! Merry, merry Christmas!!! xx

  13. 16

    Sounds like a super busy holiday for you :)

  14. 17

    You just cannot beat a hearty lasagna over the holiday season to – as you say – feed an army. Sounds like you are set for a jolly holiday!

    Wishing you and all at the asylum the best for 2013, Kim !

  15. 18

    I definitely want to see the pictures when you have a chance to breathe. I realize that could be in a month or so, but at some point you HAVE to put your feet up and relax, no? I’m sorry about the cost for B-Dude to come home, but yeah, it’s so worth it. That alone insures a fantastic Christmas for you guys.

  16. 19

    oh my gosh – i’d just eat the sauce with a spoon! Amazing, good work!

  17. 20

    I freaking love lasagna! Lasagna needs to be piled high, it’s the only appropriate way to eat it!

  18. 21

    Dear Kim, you made me freaking laughing out loud, really! I hope you have some rest and time for togetherness. Happy Holidays! :)

  19. 22

    I know what you mean about moving far away. I went and married a Brit and moved across the pond so my parents and I struggle missing each other as well. Although thankfully this year we found some good priced tickets and are enjoying our first Christmas together in years. It is so wonderful seeing my daughter interact with her American grandparents. Hope you have a fantastic time with your family today. And by the way this lasagna looks like gooey deliciousness.

  20. 23

    Oh my goodness what a freaking holiday story. Oh, and go pack up that giggle ornament and send it to me please!
    I have to do fake trees…I’m allergic to the real ones.
    Oh and while you are packing up the ornament, go ahead and get a bigger box and put that gorgeous lasagna pan in it. Just so I can make your mile high lasagna in it too.

  21. 24

    Hi Kim ~ Thank you for entertaining us all year long with your hysterical humor, And thank you for all the over-the-top recipes. Wishing you and your family a dazzling Christmas and a fabulous 2013!
    LL

  22. 25

    That lasagna sounds amazing! I hope you and your family had an amazing Christmas!

  23. 26

    That is one serious lasagna, oh my word:-) I need to find that giggle Christmas ornament, it is perfect for me! Hugs, Terra

  24. 27

    Your story is exactly why pregnant mama pretty much hasn’t left the house in a week. But who needs photos of lasagna?! Layers of cheesy, saucy, gooey, yumminess. I’ll take it, sight unseen!

  25. 28

    LMAO – this post was freaking awesome! I want to create a drinking game where I take a shot everytime you say the word “freaking.” It’ll make for very happy but loopy times! And seriously – I push people “accidentally” in grocery stores and at the mall too. It’s like, don’t suddenly stop walking right in the centre of the aisle, or gather there in big group to gab (get your butts to the side, people!). I have walking rage – not good! I’m glad that despite everything, you were able to make this amazing mile-high lasagna! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  26. 29

    Yes please! I would love a big plate of your mile high lasagna!

  27. 30

    Who doesn’t love lasagna? This sounds incredible!

  28. 31

    Yikes! That’s a seriously tall lasagna! Wow! Speechless!

  29. 32

    That is a BIG pan of lasagna! OMG it looks sooo yummy! And I love your ornaments! toooo cute!

  30. 33

    Holy heck, this really is mile-high! I’ve been eating like a rabbit since Christmas to try and shake that holiday weight, so that cheese-tastic lasagna’s killin’ me right now. Love that you used San Marzanos; they’re the best! I hope you had a wonderful holiday, despite a last minute tree debacle!

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