Lasagna with Basil Leaves

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    Ken Alger
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Prep Time:
40 minutes
Cook Time:
60 minutes + 20 minutes resting time
Total Time:
2 hours
A word from the cook
The basil leaves add a new dimension of flavours to a classic lasagna.

Tomato and Meat Sauce:
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Medium Onions (diced)
1 Rib Celery (diced)
1 Medium Carrot (diced)
1 1/2 lbs Lean Ground Beef
1 Small Can Tomato Paste
2 28 oz Can Tomatoes (diced)
1 Cup Red Wine
2 Bay Leaves
1 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Freshly ground Black Pepper
1 large bunch Basil Leaves (washed and left whole)

LASAGNA and Fillings
1 box Lasagna Noodles (cooked as directed)
1 large Tub 1% Cottage Cheese
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
3 Cups Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese (grated)


Meat Sauce:

  1. In a large sauce pot, heat Olive Oil over medium heat.
  2. In a sauté pan cook the ground beef and drain the excess fat.
  3. Sauté Onions, Celery, Garlic, and Carrots until softened (about 5 minutes)
  4. Add the ground beef, tomato paste, tomatoes, red wine, bay leaves, oregano and pepper.
  5. Simmer with the lid off, stirring occasionally.  Sauce should thicken.
  6. Discard the bay leaves when finished cooking.


  1. Cook the lasagna noodles as directed
  2. Mix the Cottage Cheese, Eggs and Pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Prepare the Mozzarella Cheese and the Basil Leaves

Construction of Lasagna:

  1. Spread 1 to 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce on bottom of 9 x 13 glass baking dish.
  2. Cover with Noodles.
  3. Cover the noodles with 1/2 of the Mozzarella.
  4. Add 2 cups of meat sauce.
  5. Cover this with Noodles.
  6. Add the Cottage Cheese and cover this with a layer of whole Basil Leaves.
  7. Cover this with Noodles.
  8. Add another 2 cups of meat sauce.
  9. Cover with Noodles.
  10. Add remaining meat sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Baking Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 375°
  2. Cover the lasagna with tin foil.
  3. Bake covered for 45 minutes.
  4. Remove the tin foil, sprinkle with 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese.
  5. Continue to bake for 15 more minutes (cheese will brown slightly).
  6. Remove from oven loosely cover with foil and let stand for 20 minutes prior to cutting.

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