Some people may think my family is a bit, “off.” We don’t always do things that are expected or that “everyone else is doing.” I’m sure there are many examples that I could come up with, but at this time of year the most obvious example is our traditional Thanksgiving lasagna. It just so happens that growing up, none of us in my immediate family were that fond of turkey. The major benefit of this is when Thanksgiving rolls around we aren’t worried about how long to cook a turkey (or calling the Butterball turkey hotline). We’re sitting down to a meal with our traditional lasagna as the main course. Don’t get me wrong, we still eat other traditional thanksgiving items such as pumpkin pie. It’s just the main course was substituted with something we enjoy more.
My classmates in high school thought it was very odd. My classmates in college thought it was odd (although there were a couple that thought it was kind of cool). My wife thought it was odd at first but she understood that you don’t mess with tradition. However, her family is a bit more mainstream in their Thanksgiving feast. This has led to our recent Thanksgiving dinners having both lasagna and turkey. I’ll be honest, it is way too much food for one family to eat. We’ll have to adjust our menu to stretch across the entire Thanksgiving weekend. At any rate, if your family is looking for a change this holiday season (or just a good lasagna recipe) here you go!
Brown: 1 lb ground beef with 2 cloves of garlic, chopped.
6 oz can of tomato paste
28 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
8 oz package wide noodles according to package directions
You’ll also need:
2 cups swiss and mozzarella cheese, shredded
12 oz carton ricotta cheese
In 11″ x 7″ baking dish, alternate layers of cooked noodles; swiss and mozzarella cheese; ricotta cheese; meat sauce.
Place in 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.