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Lasagna – It’s What’s for New Year’s!

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Ever since I can remember, my family tradition was to eat Pork and Sauerkraut on New Year’s Day.  It was said to bring good luck in the new year.  And once I was married, I carried on the tradition for 13 years.  After the year I have had, I thought it might be time to revisit my tradition for culinary luck in the new year.  This year, I decided to try something new- to select something I like to cook and love to eat.  I chose lasagna.  I used a basic recipe and added some modifications.  I’m not sure it will bring good luck, but I certainly enjoyed eating it!

the ingredients

Gathering the ingredients

rough recipe

The basic recipe

onions and beef

Browning the onions and ground beef

boiling noodles

Boiling the noodles

new pan liner

Trying out a new liner to help with the clean-up

layering the noodles

Layering the noodles

layer of cheeses

Followed by the ricotta and cheeses

ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

done baking

Fully baked

ready to freeze

Packaged individually for the freezer

complete meal

Cheers and Happiness in 2014!


  • 16 pieces of lasagna noodles
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cups spaghetti sauce (I used Newman’s Own Sockarooni)
  • 4 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup Italian blend cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (I used shredded, so I just eyeballed it)
  • Spicy Italian seasoning (*if desired- adds a bit of punch)
  • Reynolds Wrap pan liner (*if desired- it worked well!)

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  Saute chopped onion until clear.  Brown the beef.  Add spaghetti sauce and heat through.  Line 9 x 13 pan with Reynolds Wrap pan liner if desired.  Spread 1/2 cup of the sauce mixture in bottom of pan.  Top with 4 pieces of lasagna, overlapping the edges.  Spread 1/3 of the ricotta cheese and mozzarella/Italian cheeses over pasta.  Sprinkle with Spicy Italian Seasoning.  Cover with 1/4 of sauce mixture.  Repeat layers twice, beginning and ending with the pasta.  Spread the remaining 1/4 sauce mixture on top of pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and a final dash of the Spicy Italian Seasoning.  Cover with foil.  Back 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.  Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Makes 8 – 10 servings.


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