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Friday, February 25, 2011

Helen’s Lasagna

Was there such a thing as a “foodie” back in the 50’s?  If there was, I was definitely one of them at a young age because this dish really got my attention. 

I vividly remember going to visit some family friends, Helen and Charles, on Catawba Island, by Lake Erie years ago when I was young.  Swimming and boating on Lake Erie was great but what I really loved was the lasagna that Helen made.  Mom did not cook this type of food when I was growing up and it was love at first bite for me.  She had to get this recipe!

Even though this lasagna recipe is a little time consuming; believe me, it is well worth the effort.  It has thick layers, is super cheesy with a great tomato sauce and lots of spicy meat ~ Italian sausage, pork sausage and ground beef. 

The result of Helen’s recipe is amazing and the best lasagna ever!  I love Italian food and so does Bill.  I forgive him now of years ago driving all around Europe ~ only to end up at the border of Italy several times ~ and never actually visiting the country.  That’s really another story…

Thanks to Helen for the recipe and to Mom for getting it!  It is the best!

Helen’s Lasagna


1 pound Italian sausage
1 pound pork sausage
1 pound ground beef

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 pound can (2 cups) stewed tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste, 1-1/3 cup

8 ounces lasagna noodles, about 7
3 cups small curd cottage cheese, cream style
2 beaten eggs
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons parsley flakes
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced thin


Brown meat slowly, spoon off excess fat.
Add next 7 ingredients.
Simmer uncovered until sauce is thick, 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Cook noodles in boiling water until tender.
Drain, rinse in cold water.
Meanwhile, combine cottage cheese with eggs, seasonings and Parmesan.

Place half of cooked noodles in a 13 x 9 x 2” pan, baking dish.
Spread half of cottage cheese mixture over noodles.
Arrange half of mozzarella over all.
Spread half of meat sauce on top of mozzarella.
Repeat layers.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
Let stand 15 minutes before cutting into squares.
Filling will set slightly.
Serves 8-12

Without a doubt, one of my favorite recipes!  It’s delicious!

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  1. I LOVE a good lasagna! Wouldn't it be great to go back to the 50's and use the term Foodie?

  2. Sounds like a very delicious recipe to must be to survive so many decades huh?

  3. It most certainly looks amazing, what great layers and the flavor must be outstanding.

  4. Esta lasaña se ve magnifica.


  5. That looks like a great crowd pleaser.

  6. Growing up, we never had lasagna either. Only spaghetti with mother's homemade sauce. That was a rare treat because, growing up in the south, it was usually fried chicken, pork chops and roast beef. Therefore, spaghetti was very exotic!

    Food memories are wonderful.


  7. Love your recipe, very similar to the one my mom made. Because it was so time consuming to make lasagna was always reserved for special occasions at our house.
    Congrats on the safe arrival of your gandson. Enjoy!

  8. Oh sure, I've made this many times. It's always good for empty tummies!

  9. Yum! Lasagna is a fav here, too. Looks sooo goood!

  10. Ellerinize sağlık. Çok güzel görünüyor.

  11. Pam, Now that's what I'm talking about!! That is great looking lasagna...loaded with meat, spices and lots of flavor! I'm printing this one out for future use... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  12. Pam, you are really a foodie, even at your young age. Hehe...

  13. Good question! I can see why this dish got your attention though

  14. I can tell it's worth the time and effort! Thanks for sharing the recipe...I haven't made a lasagna in years but would love to give it a try again!

  15. Love lasagna and this recipe is over the top! Thanks for the great recipe!

  16. This brings back memories. My Mom used cottage cheese in her recipe too. Thanks for sharing!

  17. There's nothing like good lasagna, especially on a winters day! So, if you don't mind would you pass a slice, I'll make the salad! Have a wonderful day and this recipe is a keeper!


  18. I bet this is really tasty with the use of the 3 different meats. Making a big pan of lasagna is just way too much for just the two of us, but I've been thinking lately of making lasagna roll-ups.

  19. Three types of meat and three types of cheese = one delicious lasagna. Thanks for sharing, my dear! May your week burst forth with love, good food and peace!

  20. Lasagna looks lovely n nice layers of meat...i am sure it tastes great too.Being a vegetarian i think i can experiment the with some ground tofu or soy chunks.Congrats on your grandchild also!

  21. The lasagna sounds fantastic! The meat lovers in my family would finish this in no time.

  22. Great recipe Pam! I love the blend of three meats you use in the lasagna. My husband will love this recipe!

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  23. Yummy's layers of love! So hearty and satisfying.

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  24. There are few things in life more perfect than a good lasagna and this looks delicious!


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