Monday, December 12, 2011


Nothing says comfort food that will warm the heart and rest the soul quite like lasagna.  In our family lasagna has its own little place in history as it is the meal my father cooked my mom on their very first date.  After 34 years of marriage he must have done something right!  The rest is as they say, is history.  Some people get intimidated when making a lasagna but all it takes is a little bit of time and patience but actual made skillz are not really required.  Here is how we make ours....

The Huggins Family Lasagna
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground hot sausage
2 onions, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
4 cloves, minced
2 large cans tomato sauce
2 regular size cans tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
1 can Ro-Tel
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 jars sliced mushrooms (can also use fresh mushrooms if you prefer)
1/2 cup red wine
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
2 tablespoons dry basil
2 bay leaves
3 tablespoons oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
16 oz. ricotta cheese
1 bag mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese (we use the kind in the can)
Lasagna noodles
Brown the meats with the onion, garlic and bell pepper.  
Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Ro-Tel, tomato paste, mushrooms, wine, spices, sugar, salt and pepper.  
Stir to combine.  Let simmer for at least 30 minutes (the longer it can sit the better as this will allow all of the flavors to marry together).  
Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions, making sure the noodles do not stick together.  
Once the noodles are ready drain and in a greased Pyrex dish layer the noodles, sauce, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese  - in that order.  
Repeat until the dish is full and the final layer is the cheese.  Top with additional mozzarella cheese if desired (and who wouldn't desire that).  Cook at 350 for 45 minutes covered and then for 15 minutes uncovered.  Remove from the oven and top with aluminum foil and a kitchen towel, this will allow everything to solidify a little and not be too runny.
Allow to sit for 10 minutes before slicing.  Slice and serve, always remembering that your sister-in-law likes the corner pieces!
I have been messing around with the affects to pictures and thought this was hysterical/crazy!
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  1. I made this last weekend and loved it! It is now officially our Huggins Family Lasagna:)

  2. Kimmie that makes me SOOOOOO happy!! You seriously just made my day....Thanks for sharing!!!