Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spicy Lasagna

Here is a recipe influenced by an AWESOME batch of lasagna my neighbor brought over to me a month or so ago! I switched it up a bit and it's so yummy and easy! (And takes less than an hour from prep to table!)

1 can diced tomatoes
1 large can tomato paste (I prefer Hunt's)
1 package (1.5ish pounds) ground turkey meat (or you can use ground beef just as easily!)
1/2 each of a yellow, red, and green pepper and 1/2 of a jalepeno pepper
1/4 can or bottle of beer (heavy or wheat beers work well)
mozzerella cheese
lasagna noodles (my neighbor used wheat noodles, I used regular)

In a skillet, brown your meat; then add in the diced tomatoes and tomato paste, along with any spices you like (I just use salt and pepper). Then chop up all your peppers very fine (I use a food processor) and add those in there too. Pour in a little bit of beer for flavor, stir it all up and let it simmer a minute or two. Then, in a baking dish, lay out a layer of your lasagna noodles (don't cook them beforehand, even if they aren't the no-cook kind!!) you may have to break the noodles for them to fit in your dish. Then cover those with a healthy layer of your meat mixture. On top of that, sprinkle some pepperonis, and then a layer of mozerella cheese. Repeat this one more time, topping it off with a thick layer of cheese!

Cover the dish with tin foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Then, uncover it, add more cheese if desired, and let it bake uncovered for another 15 or 20 minutes. You can turn on the broiler at the end if you like the top layer of cheese to get nice and crisp!  

*The credit for this one goes to you, Tracee!!


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