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Meatball Lasagna, A Retro Rose Collaboration

Italian Meatball Lasagna, comfort food.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Author: Angela Roberts

Ingredients

Rich Tomato Sauce Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • onion quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 3 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cans Italian tomatoes
  • A few basil leaves
  • 1 carrot or 2 T sugar
  • big dash cinnamon optional
  • salt pepper
  • Italian Meatballs RECIPE HERE
  • Package “no boil” lasagna noodles

The Cheese Filling

  • 1 pound ricotta fat cheese do not use non-fat
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1/4 parmigiana reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese coarsely grated
  • 1/4 cup asiago cheese coarsely grated
  • 1/4 cup Italian flat leafed parsley finely chopped
  • pinch nutmeg grated
  • salt and pepper

Assembly

  • Tomato Sauce Meatballs, Cheese Filling
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese or as needed to top lasagna
  • grated Parmigiano reggiano
  • You will use three layers of pasta two layers of filling.

Instructions

Rich Tomato Sauce Instructions

  • In a large pot, add olive oil, garlic and onion. Once garlic and olive oil is cooked, remove, discard.
  • Add in green pepper and when soft, add in tomato paste. Once heated through and mixed well with olive oil, start to add puree from tomatoes. To make puree, squeeze within colander over a bowl. You should be able to get about 5/6 of the puree back from good tomatoes. Add 2 cans of water.
  • Add remaining ingredients and allow to simmer for 1-2 hours until thickened.
  • In the meantime, bake meatballs and add to sauce.

Cheese Filling

  • Mix everything except the egg and taste. Once satisfied with the seasoning, add the egg and mix.
  • Day One: Make Tomato Sauce and 12 large meatballs the day before and allow flavors to meld overnight in fridge if you have the time.
  • Mix ricotta cheese filling.
  • Heat sauce, slice cold meatballs

Meatball Lasagna Assembly

  • tomato sauce
  • packages lasagna noodles (you won’t use them all)
  • Put meatballs on both inside layers, randomly, then spread cheese randomly. Some bites have more meat, some have more cheese. Do this with both layers. Add mozzarella cheese. This made enough lasagna for an average sized lasagna pan and enough for a small bread pan.
  • Bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until cheese is very melted, but not browned.
  • Allow to rest 20-30 minutes before cutting. You can use a warm tomato sauce to top when serving.

Notes

One way to make this easier, is to freeze sauce and meatballs from your last spaghetti and meatball dinner. You can also make this in a “freezable baking pan” and make this in advance. You can use a tomato puree instead of canned tomatoes and follow instructions. Only partially boil if you choose to use lasagna noodles that you boil first. Don’t use a crushed tomato for the lasagna. This recipe is best used with a smooth sauce. Don’t use a non-fat ricotta cheese. It makes a difference.