Wednesday, February 16, 2011


This past weekend we hosted a Happy Retirement party for my in-laws.  They've both officially retired this year, and my Hubs and his siblings wanted to have a fun little get-together.  We bought a whole farm's worth of fried chicken and I made my not-yet-famous-but-totally-should-be Pizza Supreme Lasagna.  Hubs isn't a fan of Ricotta cheese but he is a huge fan of supreme pizza.  Luckily for him I am willing to sacrifice my love of Ricotta cheese so that he may know deliciousness.

Sorry, this is the best picture that I could get - this huge pan was pretty much devoured by the time I could elbow my way in with the camera. 

Pizza Supreme Lasagna

1/2 pound ground meat
1/2 pound hot sausage (either bulk or links with the casing removed)
1/4 pound pepperoni
1 green pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
8 oz mushrooms, diced (I use button mushrooms for this recipe)
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups mozarella cheese, grated
2 cups fiesta blend cheese, grated  (you could also use Colby Jack)
plain-jane traditional pasta sauce  (your own or store bought)
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 box lasagna noodles

For Sauce:
  1. Start by browning the ground meat and sausage in a large stockpot over medium-high
  2. Once browned, reduce heat to medium-low add in the onions, green pepper, garlic pepperoni and mushrooms
  3. Cook for 20-30 minutes stirring every few minutes until nearly all liquid has evaporated
  4. Reduce heat to low and add pasta sauce, stirring well to incorporate
  5. Put a lid on the pot and simmer for 2 hours
  6. Add sugar and stir well to incorporate
  7. Cook for an additional 30 minutes
This is right before I added the sauce to simmer - mmmm

You can make this sauce a day in advance and refrigerate until you're ready to assemble the lasagna. 
To assemble lasagna
  1. Cook noodles according to the package directions and drain
  2. Mix the mozarella and fiesta cheese together
  3. Ladle a small amount of sauce into the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish
  4. Add layer of noodles
  5. Followed by a layer of sauce (just enough to cover)
  6. And topped with a layer of cheese (just enough to cover)
  7. Repeat with the remaining ingredients
  8. Bake, loosely covered with aluminum foil, at 450 degrees for 1 hour
  9. Remove foil and broil on low until the cheese is bubbly (3-5 minutes)  This broiled a little too long - I put it in and got busy with greeting everyone.

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