Basic Lasagna
Basic Lasagna
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I have made this recipe many times now and it is delicious. Lasagna can be intimidating, but following a few shortcuts and you can make a tasty and delicious meal, that serves a lot! Many recipes call for the meat sauce as ground beef and Italian sausage, I am going to make the Italian sausage as I cook ground pork. Cottage cheese can be expensive if store bought, I am going to use the shortcut listed on this site. The most expensive part will be the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Not a $1 meal but you can feed a crowd. I made this on 10 April 2016 and took the photos. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
30-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
30-45 minutes
Basic Lasagna
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Votes: 2
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
I have made this recipe many times now and it is delicious. Lasagna can be intimidating, but following a few shortcuts and you can make a tasty and delicious meal, that serves a lot! Many recipes call for the meat sauce as ground beef and Italian sausage, I am going to make the Italian sausage as I cook ground pork. Cottage cheese can be expensive if store bought, I am going to use the shortcut listed on this site. The most expensive part will be the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Not a $1 meal but you can feed a crowd. I made this on 10 April 2016 and took the photos. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
30-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
30-45 minutes
Ingredients
Meat Sauce
To Assemble
Servings: servings
Instructions
Meat Sauce
  1. Add a splash of olive oil to a large pot and heat, add onion and garlic, when translucent, add the meat and spices and mix well with the spatula (you are making a cheater Italian sausage. When cooked through and no longer pink, drain the fat, I use a colander for this, then return to the pot.
  2. Add the tomato paste and the chopped tomatoes, and about half of the tomato juice. On a light simmer, cook for about 20-30 minutes covered. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit of tomato juice retained from the can of tomatoes, not too much though. Adjust the sauce for salt and sugar during the cooking.
to Assemble
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. Now, take out a small handful of Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese and set aside, this is for the final layer. OR, as I do, I just use shred another 200 gram block of Mozzarella and add additional grated Parmesan cheese for use on the top.
  3. Mix the cottage cheese, remaining Mozzerella and Parmesan together with the beaten eggs and spices. If making the cottage cheese from the shortcut on my site, make 4 cups, meaning 4 liters of milk, vinegar stays the say in the recipe.
  4. Spoon just enough sauce into the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish. Then place the following layers:
  5. Noodles, you can overlap slightly, 1/3 of the cheese mixture. 1/3 of the meat sauce. Repeat with noodles, 1/3 the cheese, and 1/3 the meat sauce, repeat again with noodles, 1/3 cheese, and 1/3 meat sauce. Now sprinkle on the retained Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses that you set aside. Photo shows the first layer added.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, if getting dark, remove, if still light colored, continue for 40 minutes. Photo shows the completed dish before going into the oven.
  7. IMPORTANT, after removing from the oven, this needs to rest and cool a bit, as right out of the oven you have 200 degree cheese lava! Let it rest and it will firm up a bit.
  8. Serve with a salad or garlic bread to extend this meal. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Minced pork is about 112 Baht/kilo. Mozzarella cheese will run about 145 Baht/200 grams. Will need at least 2 blocks for 290 Baht. Parmesan will run about about 180 Baht/125 grams, will need 2 packs for 360 Baht. For the Cottage cheese, I cannot stress this enough, make it yourself from the shortcut listed on the site, this will work out to about 220 Baht.

This works out to about $1.70 per meal per person, over all, not bad! This is well below what you would find in any restaurant! The beauty of this dish, is that you made it yourself, it takes an effort and time spent in the kitchen, but the taste is well worth it, and you know exactly what is in it.

Variant: Top the entire lasagna with a single layer of sliced Provolone, Gouda, or Edam, yummy!

Shortcut: Cottage Cheese.

Family recipe I have been using for years.

  1. Great lasagna! Although I cheated, I had mine made for me by the great master chef Khun Lee himself. Very much apprciated, and I hope Joky brings more next time she comes to Phuket. Thank you for the several great meals.

    Delicious!!

    Mark.

    • Thanks, Mark. I will make sure Joky brings more to Phuket 🙂 I have been working on some fisherman’s pies to test out on you as well. Not quite the standard of that restaurant you took Joky and I too in Ao Por, but at least I took the tails off the shrimp 😉

  2. Hi Lee, I would want to thank you for everything, including the lasagna that you taught me how to make. It was very good and I am proud that I made that lasagna by myself under your supervision.
    Sorry we didn’t stay there for long because I wanted to play Songkran. If I had stay there longer, I would have gotten to make apple pie and salmon pasta. I kind of regret coming back home because It was not that fun at all. Maybe you can come and visit us sometime soon and teach me how to make more good food. I have to go for now. See you soon. BYE!!!

    • Hi Sanda, you are most welcome! You and your parents are welcome here anytime. You did good, and I have told my friends you made the lasagna, not me, and it was perfect. Cooking should be easy as you found out, you learned some new ways to do things and I am quite sure you will remember those.

      We will love to come down and visit you, I will come up with a dish or two to make and I will bring the needed spices with me, we can get the main meat item after we get there, and you once again will be cooking 🙂

      Keep up learning, you have picked up the lasagna well, and many times that is a hard recipe to make for many people. Yours was restaurant quality!

      If you are on facebook, I will post some water play photos in a few hours, getting ready to start that now.

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