Christmas Night Lasagna

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Preparation time: 45 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins plus standing

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 24 servings

Ingredients

•3 pounds ground beef
•1 pound bulk pork sausage
•1 medium onion, chopped
•1 medium green pepper, chopped
•2 jars (28 ounces each) meatless spaghetti sauce
•1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
•1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, undrained
•2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
•1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
•1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
•1-1/2 teaspoons pepper, divided
•1 teaspoon garlic powder
•2 eggs, lightly beaten
•2-1/2 cups (20 ounces) 4% small-curd cottage cheese
•1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
•2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese
•24 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
•12 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese

Method

•In a Dutch oven or several large skillets, cook the beef, sausage, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the spaghetti sauce, soup, mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper and garlic powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
• Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the eggs, cottage cheese, ricotta and remaining salt and pepper.
• Spread 2 cups meat sauce each into two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Layer each with 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, four noodles, 1-1/4 cups cottage cheese mixture and three slices of mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Top with the remaining noodles, meat sauce and Parmesan.
• Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 2 casseroles (12 servings each).

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