Then I wondered if I should hold back an ingredient from you. But then I remembered that Everybody Loves Raymond episode where his mom gives Debra the spice bottle and Deb's recipe never turns out, and they find out she's put a label over the real label and used bad spices to purposely mess up Debra's food. And well I just can't do that to you guys.
So here it is in all it's glory, who knows, you may hate it and it's mine forever.As with all my recipes it's never been written down. And I probably never make it exactly the same. So I will try my best to get the stuff right but I don't measure spices so be forewarned. You can do this as a mild version or spicy, add vegies or different meats. You can add different cheeses. You could make your own sauce or buy ready-made. It's all up to you. I'll just tell ya what I do and you tweak from there. The only thing I'd say is a no-no is ready-made noodles. Hate them. Cook your own, just turn the water off slightly before they are done. They keep cooking after and you don't want them mushy.
Okay are you ready for this? I'll even tell you the easy peasy secret ingredient.
Kim’s Essex County Famous Lasagna
- 1 package lasagna noodles
- 1 can hunts thick n rich original sauce
- 1 can hunts thick n rich roasted garlic and herbs sauce
- 1 to 2 pound hamburger cooked (you can throw in more or less)
- Lots of Mozarella Cheese about 2 to 2 cups, grated ( I buy a huge one at costco, this is to taste so add what you like)
- Parmesan Cheese the secret ingredient,more on this later
- 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar the other secret ingredient,will explain this later
- Spices basil,oregano,bay leaves,chili powder,garlic powder,salt,pepper-more on spices later
- Brown hamburger. Set aside.
- Boil large pot of water, once it's boiling add the noodles and cook them till they're not quite done.(i'm guessing ⅞ minutes)
- While noodles cook,or earlier in day(more on this later) pour sauce, cooked hamburger, sugar and spices into a pot, bring to a low boil and simmer for however long you'd like.
- Drain noodles and make sure they are dry before you start layering.
- Lay a layer of noodles. I go 2 deep for the most part. Here's another secret, throw some moz cheese on the noodles.
- Next add a layer of sauce. Here's the next secret, throw some parmesan on top, it boosts the flavor like you cannot imagine.
- Add a layer of mozzarella cheese.
- Then repeat however many times you can fit in your pan.
- Cook in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 20-ish minutes.
So hopefully I've helped and not forgotten any key ingredients of steps. The joy of listening to a cooking blogger who doesn't follow recipes right. Lol!
I like mine spicy and dripping with cheese, almost a bit goopy like pizza. This is how the Beaulieu clan rolls.
Hope you enjoy!
Toodles and Smoochies! xx