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Easy Homemade Lasagna

Easy-homemade-lasagna-plate-the-cheap-gourmetLet's face it. Making traditional homemade lasagna can be a lengthy process. This meal is often made on weekends when we have more time in the kitchen.

However, sometimes we just crave it, so here's an option that will satisfy your tastebuds and fit into busy schedules.

The key to this easy homemade lasagna is the noodles. You'll want to use extra wide, such as traditional German egg pasta noodles from Bechtle or Homestyle egg noodles from Amish Kitchens. 

EASY HOMEMADE LASAGNA
Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 20-25 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 bag wide noodles, cooked al dente
1/2 to 1 pound hamburger or Italian sausage, cooked (depends on how much meat you like)
1/2 medium Onion, diced
1/2 medium Green Pepper, diced
1 medium Tomato, seeds removed, diced
4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 (14-oz) jar Spaghetti Sauce
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried Basil
1/2 teaspoon dried Parsley
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly grease 9 x 11 glass baking dish with cooking spray or olive oil.
  3. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  4. In skillet, cook hamburger or sausage. Remove from skillet and place on plate lined with paper towels to absorb grease or drain in colander and rinse with cold water.
  5. Over medium heat, cook onion and green pepper in skillet until onion becomes translucent; about 5 minutes.
  6. Pour noodles into baking dish. Add remaining ingredients except for cheeses.
  7. Gently combine until ingredients are incorporated. Evenly spread pasta.
  8.  Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer to plates and serve immediately.

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Old Fashioned Homemade Ham and Bean Soup

Growing up, my mom made ham and bean soup with cornbread on a weekly basis. She was the Queen of stretching a dollar, as she was a stay-at-home mom with 4 kids trying to feed 6 people on one income.

She would prepare a bone-in ham for Sunday dinner and use the leftovers for grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and ham and bean soup.

Mom made everything from scratch and insisted that the only way to avoid bland and boring ham and bean soup was to use dry beans (never canned!) and include the ham bone during the cooking process.

Nowadays, it's just my husband and me, so rather than purchase a bone-in ham, I usually buy a small boneless ham and a ham hock. Feel free to use whichever method works best for your family.

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OLD FASHIONED HOMEMADE HAM AND BEAN SOUP

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bean Soak Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 3 hours

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb package dry White Beans
1/2 large White Onion, diced
2 medium Carrots, diced
2-3 medium stalks Celery, diced
6 cups Vegetable Broth
1/2 lb pre-cooked Ham, cut into bite-size chunks (Hickory, Smoked & Honey Ham are great choices)
3-4 large cloves Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried Parsley
1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
1 teaspoon Beau Monde Seasoning
1 teaspoon fine Pink Himalayan Salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
2 Bay leaves
1 medium Ham Hock

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a colander, wash and drain beans and check for any residue or rocks.
  2. In a large stock pot, add beans and cover with water, about 2-inches above beans.
  3. Cook over high heat until boiling, then reduce to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 1 hour.
  5. Drain beans, place in a container and set aside.
  6. Add 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable broth to stock pot and heat over medium high for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add onion, celery and carrot and cook for 5-6 minutes; until onion becomes translucent.
  8. Add vegetable broth and remaining ingredients and stir.
  9. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 2-1/2 to 3 hours; until beans are soft and tender.
  10. Remove ham hock from soup and scrape meat from bone, if desired.
  11. Transfer to individual soup bowls or mugs and serve immediately.

This recipe pairs well with Buttermilk Jalapeno Cornbread.

 

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Buttermilk Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe

Buttermilk cornbread has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. My mom used to make homemade ham and bean soup with a side of cornbread dripping in butter. Those were the good ole' days when it wasn't a sin to add a pat or two to breads and rolls.

My tastebuds have evolved since childhood and while I still love homemade cornbread, I now add chopped jalapenos to give it an extra kick. And, sometimes I even toss in cooked bacon bits, which makes it even better!

This recipe is simple to prepare and will be ready to enjoy in about 45 minutes. It is the perfect companion with Old Fashioned Homemade Ham and Bean Soup

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Yield: 1 8x8 square loaf (about 12 portions)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 18-20 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Yellow Cornmeal
1 Tablespoon all-purpose Flour
1-1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 cup Buttermilk
1 large Egg
1 medium Jalapeno, seeds removed and diced

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat oven to 450°F. Grease bottom and side of 9-inch round pan or 8-inch square pan with shortening or spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together buttermilk and egg, then add jalapeno.
  4. Add to dry ingredients and stir until moistened.
  5. Pour into the pan and spread batter evenly.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

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