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Mile High Lasagna

Super large lasagna recipe made in a roasting pan. Lots of layers of extra ooey gooey cneese!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 16

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.