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Nikki Valdez Cooks a Classic Beef Lasagna

By Shennah Romanillos

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Local celebrity Nikki Valdez said in a post  it was her first time making lasagna, but hoped that the filling and satisfying dish will be a surefire hit in your home as it was in hers. Any lasagna takes a little work, but it’s worth it, so give her recipe a try. She just used the available ingredients in her pantry.

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Pasko ng Pagkabuhay dinner namin kahapon. Jesus is risen so naghanda kami ng masarap para Sakanya. First time for me to make lasagna and my Mom made her turbo chicken na favorite naming magkakapatid nung mga bata pa kami. As for my lasagna, as usual, I had to make do of whatever ingredients I had in my pantry. Lahat ito stocks na namin from before. Sharing to you my lasagna recipe. ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐‚๐‹๐€๐’๐’๐ˆ๐‚ ๐๐„๐„๐… ๐‹๐€๐’๐€๐†๐๐€ ๐ˆ๐๐†๐‘๐„๐ƒ๐ˆ๐„๐๐“๐’: 1/2 kilo ground beef 1 small carrot, minced (I added this to my beef mixture para may gulay ๐Ÿ˜‰) 1 medium red onion, minced 1 head garlic, minced 4 tbsps. butter 1 large pack tomato sauce 1 small can tomato paste 1/2 cup water Oregano Basil Italian seasoning Salt Pepper Sugar 1 can all- purpose cream (in place of the cottage cheese) 1 bar of cheese melt (in place of mozzarella cheese) Grated parmesan cheese 1 box lasagna sheets (you will use about 12-15 sheets) ๐๐‘๐Ž๐‚๐„๐ƒ๐”๐‘๐„: 1.Preheat your oven to 350F. 2.In your pan, melt butter then add garlic and onions. Sautรฉ for about 3 minutes. 3.Add ground beef, cook until completely browned. Drain fat then return to pan. 4.Add carrots, basil, oregano, italian seasoning, tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt, pepper, sugar and water. 5.Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat. Cook for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally. 6.While waiting for mixture, cook pasta al dente in boiling water according to package. I cooked mine for about 8 minutes. Rinse then drain. 7.Coat your baking pan (I used a 9×13 pan) with olive oil. 8.Add pasta to bottom of dish then all purpose cream. Spread evenly. Then add meat mixture. Spread evenly again. 9.Next add cheese melt. Spread evenly. Then scatter evenly grated parmesan cheese. 10.Repeat with another layer until final layer. You should end up with the meat mixture on top and grated parmesan cheese. 11.Cover pan with foil then bake for about 40 minutes. Take out fool then bake for another 10 minutes. It was a hit in the house! Hope your family likes it as much as mine did. ENJOY!!! ๐Ÿ’– #MamaNixMix

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While not totally made from scratch, her resourcefulness saved her a lot of time without sacrificing any flavor.

Ingredients:

  • ½ kg. ground beef
  • 1 small carrot, minced
  • 1 medium red onion, minced
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsps. butter
  • 1 large pack tomato sauce
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • ½ cup of water
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
  • 1 can all-purpose cream (in place of the cottage cheese)
  • 1 bar of cheese melt (in place of mozzarella cheese)
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 box lasagna sheets (you will use about 12-15 sheets)

Procedure:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. In your pan, melt butter then add garlic and onions. Sautรฉ for about three minutes.
  3. Add ground beef, cook until completely browned. Drain fat then return to pan.
  4. Add carrots, basil, oregano, Italian seasoning, tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt, pepper, sugar, and water.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat. Cook for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. While waiting for mixture, cook pasta al dente in boiling water according to package. Nikki cooked hers for about eight minutes. Rinse then drain.
  7. Coat your baking pan (Nikki used a 9×13 pan) with olive oil.
  8. Add pasta to the bottom of the dish then all-purpose cream. Spread evenly. Add meat mixture. Spread evenly again.
  9. Next, add cheese melt. Spread evenly. Then scatter evenly-grated parmesan cheese.
  10. Repeat with another layer until the final layer. You should end up with the meat mixture on top and grated parmesan cheese.
    11. Cover pan with foil then bake for about 40 minutes. Take out foil then bake for another 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/04/23/nikki-valdez-cooks-a-classic-beef-lasagna/)

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