Classic Lasagna

1 16 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce
1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
1 lb. ricotta cheese
1 lb. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 lb. lasagna noodles (12 noodles)
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh garlic, chopped
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. dried parsley
1 tbsp. dried chives
2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 eggs, beaten
Salt and pepper

In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onion and garlic until the meat is brown. Drain the fat. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, basil and oregano. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Bring water to a boil in a large pot, enough to cover the lasagna noodles without breaking them. Add the noodles and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until tender but still firm. Drain the noodles, rinse with cold water, drain well.

To make the filling, in a bowl combine the beaten eggs, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, parsley and chives. Mix well.

Lightly grease a 13" x 9" glass baking dish. Arrange four noodles in the bottom of the baking dish, three lengthwise and one widthwise. Spread 1/3 of the filling evenly over the noodles. Spread 1/3 of the meat sauce over the filling and noodles. Top with half of the shredded mozzarella cheese. Add a second layer of noodles, then filling, then meat sauce, then the other half of the mozzarella cheese. Finally, add the third layer of noodles, then the rest of the filling, then the rest of the meat sauce. (Optional: Sprinkle some additional parmesan cheese over the top.)

Bake in a 350 oven for 30-35 minutes, until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.


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