Wednesday, December 30, 2009


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!

Recipe notes:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!


  1. OMG that looks amazing! I might have to break out all the half-used boxes of lasagna noodles in my cupboard!

    Stopping by from SITS!

  2. I am officially hungry. That looks so yummy!!!! Stopping in from SITS!

  3. Oooh, your lasagna has some gorgeous layers! I love the idea of using cottage cheese in place of the ricotta. Next time I make lasagna I think I'll try this recipe!

  4. I am really glad to hear that you loved her lasagna! Sounds like a winner for my husband who loves extra meaty dishes. Happy new year to you!!