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Lasagna w/Meat III (M, TNT)
Source: The chef at Papa Lou's restaurant, NYC in 1973
Serves: 6 to 8

3 pounds lean ground beef
1 pound box of lasagna noodles
4 cloves garlic, crushed or 2 large teaspoons of garlic, chopped
2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1-1/2 tsp. plus 1-1/2 tbsp. kosher salt
7 grinds of black pepper
2 28-ounce cans of crushed tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped finely
2 beaten eggs

Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

In Dutch oven, in some olive oil, brown chopped meat and chopped onion for about 7 minutes. Add half of chopped garlic, and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.

Drain into colander to get rid of all the fat. Put meat mixture back in the Dutch oven and add 1-1/2 cans of crushed tomatoes. Add Italian seasonings, 1-1/2 tsp salt, black pepper and the other half of the crushed garlic.

Take off the fire and let cool for 10 minutes. When cool add in the beaten eggs.

In the meantime, cook your lasagna noodles according to box directions.

In one large 9"x13" roasting pan, pour 3/4 cups of the remaining crushed tomatoes, sprinkle some dry basil, a pinch of salt and a grind of pepper.

Start layering 4 lasagna noodles (or maybe 5, depending on your roasting pan). Top with one fourth of the meat mixture, and repeat with the layering of the noodles then the meat, then the noodles and the meat, finishing with a layer of noodles.

When lasagna is fully assembled pour another 3/4 cup of the remaining crushed tomatoes and sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper.

Cover with foil making sure the foil does not touch the tomatoes. Let sit for 15 minutes then place in oven and bake for one hour.

Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes.

Serve with salad and garlic bread.

Poster's Notes:
Yes that's all I ever make and it is always a success. It's great at buffets, I make it for a family dinner, sometimes a double recipe. Here's how i make it. I got the recipe from the chef a Papa Lou's restaurant in 1973 in NYC. It used to be on Lexington Avenue. I asked the chef for the recipe, and he gracefully gave it to me.

In my 33 years of married life, I have never had any leftover lasagna no matter how many batches I made.

Posted by Simone Greenbaum

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A