Francine In Retirement
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Every week Jakesprinter presents a subject challenge for the Sunday Post which he created.  This  weeks challenge was recipe.

Once a month the women of my family that live in and around Pittsburgh meet for a family woman’s fellowship.  Sometimes we rotate houses, other times we may meet up at a favorite restaurant.  This past Saturday, March 17th we met at my cousin’s house.  When we meet at someone’s home each person brings a covered dish.  I choose to bring lasagna.

Italian Baked Lasagna


  • lb. lean ground beef or bulk Italian sausage cooked and drained.  ( I use both )
  • 3 cups ( about 26-oz. jar ) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup ( 8-oz. can ) tomato sauce, optional
  • 1 ¾ cups ( 15 oz. ) ricotta cheese ( I use 26-oz.)
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 12 pieces oven ready lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 4 cups ( 16 oz. ) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1.  Remove 12 pieces of pasta from package.  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 2.  In large skillet, cook meat until browned; remove from heat.  Drain.  Stir in spaghetti sauce.
  • 3.  In a small bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, egg, basil and oregano.


  1. 1.   In 13x9x2-inch baking dish, spread ¾ cup eat sauce.
  2. 2.   Place 3 pieces uncooked pasta crosswise over sauce.  Pieces should not overlap or touch side of pan since they will expand when baked.
  3. 3.   Spread about 2/3 cup ricotta mixture evenly over pasta.  Spread ¾ cup meat sauce evenly over ricotta covering pasta completely;  sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  4. 4.   Repeat steps 2 and 3 TWO more times.  Top with remaining 3 pasta pieces.  Spread remaining meat sauce completely over pasta; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  5. 5.   Cover with foil.  Bake 30 minutes; remove foil.  Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly.  Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.  Serve with additional sauce, if desired.  Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Secret ingredient.  I add ½ cup of sugar to meat sauce (or to taste) to recipe.

Hope you enjoy!

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15 Responses to “SUNDAY POST: Recipe”

  1. Looks delicious! 🙂

  2. I enjoyed your photo and recipe and the thought of the fellowship you share with the women of your family. Nice for a Sunday post!

  3. This is great my friend, Wow I think we have a great culinary dish
    before the end of the week in this theme ,Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Hello! Although I am satisfied from eating a wonderful meal my wife prepared, I think I may be getting hungry after seeing that picture of your lasagna!

    Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st.

    — Sebastian

  5. It looks divine, Francine. I’m sure it taste just as good too!
    God Bless You!

  6. Oh, this does look good… and filling. Nothing like a pasta dish to fill you up and keep you happy. This looks like a good dish to double up on and freeze one for later. Thanks for sharing, Francine. 🙂

  7. It looks wonderful Francine. The only lasagna I know how to cook comes from the frozen section–family sized! Maybe one day, I’ll be motivated to cook from scratch. Thanks!

  8. i like you recipe ..and the thought of meeting regularly with family … a recipe for friendship and understanding 🙂

  9. How yummy! on all fronts! 🙂

  10. Love lasagna. I make a vegetarian one with spinach – which my children cannot get enough of 🙂

  11. Wow Francine Looks yummy when are you inviting me for lunch, I’ll bring desert … Pavolva … Australians are famous for these …well at least eating them 😀

    Hungry allready Annie

  12. Looks amazing!

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