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Lasagna with Tiny Meatballs

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Category: Pasta

 Ingredients List

  • 3/4 lb Lean ground beef
  • 3/4 lb Lean ground pork
  • 2 sm Eggs
  • 2 Cloves garlic; pressed
  • 2 tb Fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 c Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 1/2 ts Salt
  • 1/4 ts Ground black pepper
  • 2 tb Fine grade olive oil
  • 1 tb Butter
  • 3 1/2 c Canned tomatoes
  • 1 cn (3-oz) tomato paste
  • 1 ts Dried basil
  • 1 lg Bay leaf
  • 1 lb Lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 lb Cottage cheese or ricotta
  • -cheese
  • 1 ts Dried oregano
  • 1 lb Thinly sliced Mozzarella
  • -cheese


Mix together beef, pork, eggs, 1 clove garlic, 1 generous tablespoon
parsley, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Form into 1 inch
meatballs. Cook in olive oil and butter until browned on all sides in large
dutch oven or stock pot. Remove meatballs; set aside.

In pan in which meat was cooked, mix tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 clove
pressed garlic, basil, bay leaf, remaining salt and pepper. Simmer tomato
mixture 30 minutes; return meatballs to the sauce. Remove bay leaf and
continue to simmer 30 minutes longer or until sauce is thickened and
meatballs are cooked.

Meanwhile, cook lasagna noodles in boiling salted water according to
package directions. Drain, rinse and cool noodles. Blend together cheese,
oregano, remaining parsley and additional salt if desired. Grease a
13x9-1/2x2 inch baking pan.

To assemble, alternate layers of sauce, noodles, thinly sliced Mozzarella
cheese, meatballs, seasoned cottage cheese and a generous sprinkling of
Parmesan cheese. Repeat the layers until all the ingredients are used;
finishing with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. Bake in preheated 375
degree oven 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand 8 to 10 minutes before cutting.

Delicious with all green salad and crispy French rolls, hot garlic bread
or Italian bread.

Note: The beauty of this dish is it can be made entirely in advance and
frozen. A thin layer of sliced, lightly browned Italian sausage (hot or
sweet, your choice) can be added between the Mozzarella and meatball

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