Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna

  • MelissaC23 Posted: 10/03/10
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    My husband says this is one of the best lasagna's he's ever tasted. It was simple to make and really good! I split it in two (made two small 9X9 dishes, as per directions for freezing. I gave one to my daughter, who just moved out of the house and one for us. It froze well, then was wrapped up and kept in freezer for few days. I unwrapped it and placed it back in the container that I froze it in, then let it thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Cooked it and served it with salad and hot, buttered, french bread. It was great!

  • MrsDana Posted: 09/20/10
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    This was a good and easy lasagna recipe. I would make it again. It tasted even better the next day.

  • anwins Posted: 10/01/10
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    Love this recipe! Very easy and even the kids loved it!!!

  • jaybros06 Posted: 08/29/10
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    This lasagna has no character, no taste, and is barely a marginal lasagna substitute. My wife made it exactly according to the recipe; I watched. If an Italian cook served this recipe her husband would strangle her in her sleep. At minimum it needs hot Italian sausage, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and less ricotta/cottage cheese mixture.

  • karenmiller1972 Posted: 06/11/11
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    This was good. Hate the snobbish comments from people though. Thought this was supposed to be a suggestion area....not a 'flaming' comments area. I am constantly looking for quick easy meal plans that can be frozen or thrown together. Anything that is healthy, quick, and easy that will keep me out of the hot kitchen during the 98 to 102 degrees that is plaquing my life from 2pm to 7pm every evening. Anyone have any other suggestions like this one that can be premade in the morning, is quick and easy, and then frozen to be baked later....I would love them. Just like my family liked this one!

  • kass26 Posted: 05/23/11
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    I know what is "Secret" about this recipe--- Vanessa can't cook! Who needs another lame lasagna recipe that uses sauce from a jar? Read the back of the lasagna noodle box.

  • JAllenT Posted: 05/23/11
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    Wow, nice snob comments by people that didn't even try the recipe. I thought it was quite good, and a big improvement over the recipe on the back of the lasagna box. kass26, I thought you were joking until I saw the low rating. Your comments don't make much sense. Why would you have a problem with sauce from a jar, but apparently not be making your own lasagna noodles?

  • LanaSM Posted: 05/24/11
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    Made this using my own home-made pesto (I use LOTS of garlic in mine), and it turned out great. Next time I make it, I'll probably substitute mild Italian sausage, and use a "chunky" pasta sauce for a little more texture. But this is an excellent basic lasagne recipe on its own. It comes together quickly, and is one of those dishes to have on hand in the freezer when you need a casserole for a pot-luck dinner or to welcome new neighbors.

  • kittenA Posted: 08/25/11
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    No, no taste... not good don't bother making this!!!!

  • nicwwebb Posted: 10/30/11
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    Cant wait to try it! looks and sounds yummo!!!

  • Ashlanta Posted: 10/29/13
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    This was just ok. I liked the addition of the pesto - gave classic lasagna a little snap. However, there was just too much cheese filling. I didn't even use it all, and my lasagna still slid all over the place when cut. I like a lasagna that can hold its form. Next time, I will scale back on the amount of cheese filling. Or just work some pesto into the back-of-the-box recipe.

  • kwnorris Posted: 06/02/14
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    I think this recipe is quite tasty and easy to make. My family loved it.

  • KMartinez Posted: 11/05/13
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    I love this recipe! It's easy and delicious. I only make it occasionally though, because it's not exactly diet-friendly. I use fresh basil pesto because the store-bought stuff is awful. Bad pesto will ruin this recipe. Make a big batch of fresh basil at home and freeze it in 1/2 cup batches and you will always have the good stuff on hand.

  • dsang1 Posted: 11/24/13
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    I have made this several times and my family loves it. I do too. I get requests to make it from my nieces and nephews as well. We are not Italian but love a good lasagna... so to us, this is a very good - fairly easy recipe to make.

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