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I'm a Greek self-taught cook who lives in Chicago. I learned a lot about cooking from both of my grandmothers, my mom and dad, family and friends. Passing on timeless traditions through food is one thing I strive to do in life.
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mom had some of her meat sauce in the freezer so we made lasagna one night! she makes the best - but i showed her how to make it without boiling the noodles, because that’s just a pain.
spread some sauce on the bottom of your pan so nothing sticks. layer noodles, sauce, cheese mixture (usually ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, eggs and seasonings) and repeat as many as 3 times or as much as your pan can handle. the last layer should be noodles, sauce and then top it with cheese. my mom does sliced mozzarella on top because it melts evenly, browns and bubbles in a delightfully delicious way. cover your lasagna with foil and bake at 400-450 F for about 45 minutes. for the last 15-20 minutes remove the foil so the top layer of cheese can melt and turn a golden brown.
make sure to let your lasagna rest before slicing and serving - if you don’t you’ll end up with a hot mess on your plate! :)