Company Lasagna

Company Lasagna

Have you ever looked through an old cookbook?  Perhaps one of a grandmother that is handwritten?  I feel fortunate to have two of these cookbooks, and they are treasures!  They include recipes that were taken to church potlucks, family favorites, and traditional and cultural foods.  I love looking through these cookbooks to get a glimpse into my beloved grandmother’s day to day lives.  One term that I’ve seen written in these cookbooks that always makes me smile is “company”….this denotes a very special recipe that was made for company.  Each person in the family would get excited not only because company was coming to visit, but also because they knew they would have some very special food to welcome their guests into their home and around their table.  This is the kind of welcome I wish to extend today, and so, here’s my very special “company” dish! This dish is a bit more complicated but I promise it’s well worth the time!  These cream cheese noodles are so filling and tasty!  They are easy to make, but as always, you can sub these out for regular lasagna noodles. My suggestion would be to find a local pasta shop or artisian and get the best quality noodles you can if you go this route.  Homemade always tastes best!  As always try to source as many of these ingredients locally as possible!  I promise this will also be worth the effort!  For this recipe, my eggs are local from Vogl Homestead; fresh herbs from our backyard gardens; beef and pork from my family’s farm; Arugula and Spinach from Ahavah Farm; beef tallow from Ranch Foods direct.

Here’s a fun little project! Plant an Italian herb garden in a windowsill! Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, and Thyme! These four herbs are very useful, and taste great! You can even dry them to make your own Italian spice blend!

 

Company Lasagna

July 16, 2018
: 8
: 30 min
: 40 min
: Moderate

A lasagna for those special occasions!

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Ingredients
  • Cream Cheese Noodles:
  • 1-8oz package organic cream cheese (full fat)
  • 1/2 c. Asiago cheese
  • 2.5 cups cubed mozzarella cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp fresh thyme-bruised
  • 1 TBSP chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary-minced
  • For the Meat Sauce:
  • 3 cups button mushrooms
  • 2 TBSP beef tallow or grass-fed butter
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 pound grass fed beef browned
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage-browned
  • 1-20 oz jar marinara
  • 4 c. Asiago cheese
  • 1 log of sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup arugula
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1 cup artichokes in oil
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp fresh thyme-bruised
  • 1 TBSP fresh oregano-chopped
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary-minced
  • 4 c. full fat cottage cheese
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Step 2 For the cream cheese noodles: Mix all the noodle ingredients together in a stand mixer making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Step 3 butter 2-9×12 baking dishes and line with parchment paper.
  • Step 4 Spread noodle mixture evenly in the 2 prepared dishes and bake for 20 minutes then set aside to cool.
  • Step 5 For the meat sauce: Begin by melting the butter/beef tallow in a large stockpot and saute the button mushrooms. Add the wine and allow to simmer for a few minutes. Add the marinara, browned beef and pork, and the artichokes. Allow this to simmer on low.
  • Step 6 Mix the fresh chopped herbs, and garlic powder in a small dish.
  • Step 7 Cut the cream cheese “noodles”
  • Step 8 To assemble spoon a small amount of the meat sauce into the bottom of a large baking dish. Line the dish with half of the cream cheese noodles. Spoon the meat sauce on top. Sprinkle with the herb mix. Put several mozzarella slices on next. Spoon 2 cups of the cottage cheese on this layer. Next layer on half of the arugula and half of the spinach. Continue layering in this way until the baking dish is full. Top with mozzarella slices and asiago cheese. Place in the oven at 400 degrees until the cheese is melted and lasagna is warmed through.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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