That Pioneer Woman sure knows her way around the kitchen. Take her lasagna for example: hearty, meaty, cheesy and thoroughly comforting. The flavor is so incredibly heavenly that you'll be shocked when you see the ingredients list--no fancy-pants foo-foo ingredients here! It may not be 100% authentic Italian, but who cares? In my house, it's 100% GONE whenever I make it! You still have time to make this before we all make that "Lose xx pounds" New Year's resolution. Go! Hurry!
- This is one meaty lasagna. One and half pounds of ground beef PLUS one pound of spicy sausage. That's a lot... but keep in mind the Pioneer Woman is married to a cattle rancher! I made the lasagna exactly as stated the first time, but have since reduced the amount of meat. I've cut the ground beef down to 1 pound and have even used 1 pound of ground turkey (in a vain attempt to counteract all that cheese!) and the recipe came out just fine. In fact, it could work with even less meat.
- Shredded mozzarella works fine too, if you'd rather not use sliced. Honestly, I buy whatever is cheaper that week--which is usually the shredded.
- This recipe is less "noodley" than most lasagna recipes. You only need 8 lasagna sheets for the whole recipe, which makes it perfect for using up all those half-used boxes of lasagna in your pantry.
- Small curd or creamed cottage cheese is the best for this recipe. Don't tell anyone your secret ingredient! Even people who "think" they hate cottage cheese will love it. I have converted many a hater. The trick: don't tell them ahead of time ;) Promise you'll make it at least once with the cottage cheese and not ricotta, okay? You won't be sorry. This ain't no eye-talian lasagna, this here is Pioneer lasagna!