Saturday, January 30, 2016

Grandma Flo's Lasagna

This is my mother-in-law's recipe for lasagna. And I love it. Steve's mom Flo is a wonderful woman. She raised seven amazing children who grew to be wonderful adults. Steve is her baby, and I thank her often for having just one more!!! She was a good cook too. She made dinner for her family every night...home cooked, hearty, simple meals. Her meatloaf is legendary. Seriously. And this is her lasagna. It isn't fancy. It doesn't contain several different kinds of fancy cheeses or spices. I imagine she came up with this recipe one day using what she had handy in her kitchen. When I made this last week, Steve took one bite and said I had taken him back to his childhood. This was his birthday meal every year. It is good. It is sentimental too. We took a piece to Mum in the nursing home. She ate every single bite. Every time I make it from now on, I will imagine her as a young mother, in her kitchen, preparing dinner for her family. And she probably made garlic bread from leftover hotdog buns to go with it. : )


Grandma Flo's Lasagna

Ingredients:
  1. One pound of ground beef
  2. One onion, chopped
  3. Salt and Pepper
  4. One large jar of your favorite Pasta Sauce 
  5. One box lasagna noodles
  6. One package WHITE American Cheese slices
  7. Grated Parmesan Cheese
Directions:
  1. Brown ground beef with salt, pepper, and onion.
  2. Drain all fat.
  3. Add pasta sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain.
  5. Spray bottom of 13x9 inch baking dish.
  6. Cover bottom with a thin layer of meat sauce.
  7. Layer noodles and cheese slices followed by meat sauce.
  8. Cut each cheese slice into 3 strips and put one on each piece of noodle.
  9. Layer until pan is full.
  10. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
  11. Bake according to directions on lasagna noodle box.
  12. Enjoy!

Here she is enjoying her own lasagna. : )



11 comments:

  1. Yummy, thanks for sharing. {Waving to Flynn.} Have a beautiful day, friend.

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  2. Looks so good! I'm so lazy that I never make lasagna. Baked ziti or baked ravioli is this lazy girl's go-to! You are so sweet for making her this and taking her a big old piece!

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  3. Hi Billie Jo~

    Your mother in law sounds like an amazing woman. Those large families are almost non-existent anymore, but I truly think that those large families were so blessed by each family member; many hands made light work!

    Her lasagna sounds wonderful! I like recipes that don't call for exotic ingredients, they are usually the best. I'm going to give this one a try for sure.

    Big hugs to her and to you for being such a sweet daughter in law!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  4. We always use leftover hamburger/hot dog bun garlic bread! We love lasagna. Have you ever made it in the crock pot? It's so easy, you don't have to cook the noodles first, or buy special ones. I love it in the summer when you just want pasta without the heat up the kitchen thing. :) Happy Saturday!

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  5. Looks and sounds good. I am sure she enjoyed having it and especially with little Flynn there too.

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  6. Love the sweet picture of Flynn and your mother in law.
    I find recipes from my grandmothers or ones that my mom made when we were growing up to be the best...simple but full of memories.

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  7. Well, if this isn't just the sweetest! Grandma Flo is adorable and her lasagna looks amazing :)

    Hug to you, dear friend!

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  8. Sounds great - now I am going to have to make Lasagna this week...... I cheat and do not cook the noodles....

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  9. So sweet and I especially enjoy the love behind this recipe. ;) Thanks for sharing Hon!! Blessings on your week ahead. xoxo

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  10. What a heartwarming post! Your MIL looks so happy with her lasagna and little Flynn by her side. Thanks you for sharing this recipe, I have never seen one with White American Cheese now that I think of it I don't think I've ever purchased White American cheese, but I will be trying this- yours looks so yummy! My hubby also has lasagna for his Birthdays! (my mommas recipe)

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  11. She looks as though she's thoroughly enjoying her meal! I love dishes that bring back such treasured memories. My mother could make a meal out of what I thought of as "nothing". :)

    xo
    Pat

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