3/4 lb. ground beef
1/4 lb. sausage meat
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1 pinch oregano
16 oz. can of tomato sauce
8 oz. can of tomato paste
(go a little large on sauce and paste, if you can't find smaller cans: you will never have enough)
3 medium tomatoes, diced
olives (ideally, fresh)- to taste (there is no such thing as too many olives, in my world
1/2 pound of mushrooms (or so: this one's an optional)
Brown ground beef & sausage meat with garlic, onion, and oregano; drain. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil (medium/medium-high heat), then turn low and simmer until the tomatoes are soft and peeling. This can take a while- and you really rather want it to. Be sure and taste now and again while it's simmering, so you can check on flavor.
This would be a good time to grate your mozzarella, set your noodles on a low boil, and then to preheat the oven (350 degrees).
8 oz. package of lasagne noodles, slightly over-cooked- by overcooking, you wind up with ends to poke out over the edges and produce DELICIOUS CRUNCHY LASAGNA CRUSTY GOODNESS, Z O M G.
16 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated
16 oz. ricotta cheese
In a lasagna pan, layer noodles, ricotta, sauce, mozzarella, topping it off with whatever sauce and mozzarella you have left. Bake at 350F degrees for about thirty minutes, til the cheese on top is melting and bubbling golden brown.
As always, adjust to taste.
A few helpful tips:
1: always save some sauce to smear over the last layer- otherwise, the cheese and the lasagna noodles commingle into this unholy stiff horror.
2: Can be done vegetarian: firm tofu, sear as one would the hamburger with the herbs. Press the water out of the tofu: it'll crisp up easier.
3: if you're able, shoot the recipe a bit large, and freeze the leftovers for next time. For some reason, having some 'starter' does a world of good.
Trader Joe's does these lovely pre-baked slabs o' tofu that are seasoned. I figured I'd give that a go this time, picked up the savory ones.
Perfect consistency, and it has a rather savory smell indeed!
Another million thanks to karjack for her recipe- I've tweaked it back and forth, here and there- I couldn't have done this without her recipe to build from.