Nothing could be better to me than spending time with my family and eating a great meal together. Some of my best memories are when my family was together around a table enjoying each others company and my Grandmother's great food.
My family is super busy and breakfast is a swoop in and out and at lunch everyone is scattered to the four winds. We have varying schedules, but I like to have the family together to eat dinner as much as our schedules will allow. This is our time to reconnect and recharge after busy days. It's our chance to celebrate together, to help each other, to laugh together, to listen to each others day, and basically to just sit and BE part of a family.
Two amazing companies that fosters celebrating family are Red Gold and Laura's Lean Beef. Red Gold has been around since the 1940s and is focused on growing local in the Midwest, where the true seasons positively impact the flavor of tomatoes. Laura's Lean Beef is a Kentucky-based company that produces lean, natural beef from cattle that are humanely raised without hormones and fed a natural diet of grass and grain.
I happen to be a huge fan of Laura's Lean Beef. As a former farmer's granddaughter, who happened to eat farm-raised beef her entire childhood, I love all the qualities of this family run company.
Red Gold Simple Gourmet Lasagna Party
Currently, Red Gold and Laura's Lean Beef are hosting a promotion, Red Gold Simple Gourmet Lasagna Party, starting Jan 13 (TODAY), where twice a week, they will give away a Le Creuset Lasagna Pan, a Simple Gourmet Lasagna Kit, Red Gold spatula, Garfield Toy, coupons and an apron. Simply visit Red Gold on facebook to enter on or after Jan 13th!
Red Gold's Skinny Lasagna recipe is a great-tasting lasagna that is layered together in just minutes with Red Gold tomatoes and three cheeses. Of course, you can add all kinds of ingredients to make it your own - meat, veggies etc. The recipe is below.
RED GOLD SKINNY LASAGNA RECIPE
- ½ cup water
- 1 (28 ounce) can RED GOLD® CRUSHED TOMATOES or 2 (15 ounce) cans RED GOLD® CRUSHED TOMATOES
- 2 (14.5 ounce) cans RED GOLD® DICED TOMATOES with BASIL, GARLIC & OREGANO
- Ground black pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Round, or ground turkey, cooked and drained
- 1 (16 ounce) box traditional whole wheat lasagna noodles, uncooked
- 1 (15 ounce) carton low fat cottage cheese
- 2 cups shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup grated low sodium Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350o F. In large mixing bowl combine water, RED GOLD® CRUSHED TOMATOES and RED GOLD® DICED TOMATOES with BASIL, GARLIC & OREGANO, black pepper, Italian seasoning and ground round, stir to combine ingredients in the sauce.
Cover the bottom of a 9x13x2 inch baking pan with 1½ cups of sauce mixture. Arrange 1/3 of noodles on top of sauce, slightly overlapped. Top with ½ of cottage cheese, ½ of mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of sauce. Repeat layers and top with last 1/3 of noodles and the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 to 1½ hours; until noodles are cooked. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Now, I would be remiss if I did not include my favorite family lasagna recipe as well. My favorite lasagna recipe is a bit different that Red Gold's, but I still use Red Gold Tomatoes. I just leave out the cottage cheese and use a simple besciamella sauce instead - so delicious if you have not tried this one yet!
Tiaras & Tantrums Lasagna Recipe
- 10 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- ½ cup Flour
- 6 cup Milk
- 1/2 teaspoon Freshly grated Nutmeg
- ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 medium onions (finely chopped)
- 4 ribs celery
- 2 carrots (finely chopped)
- 5 cloves garlic (sliced)
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
- 1 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup Whole Milk
1 (16 ounce) box lasagna noodles, uncooked
Besciamella: In a medium saucepan, heat the butter until melted. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat until golden brown, about 6 to 7 minutes. In a separate pan, heat the milk until just about to boil. Add the milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth, and bring to a boil. Cook 30 seconds longer and remove from the heat. Season with nutmeg.
Bolognese: In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot. Add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic and cook until the vegetables are translucent. Add the beef and pork and brown the meat, stirring frequently. Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, milk and bring just to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Season the bolognese with salt and pepper, remove from the heat, and let cool.
To assemble the Lasagna: Preheat the oven to 375F.
Assemble the pasta in a large pan. Spread a scant layer of bolognese over the bottom and top with a layer of pasta, a layer of besciamella, another layer of bolognese, a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese and , and pasta. Repeat so that the final layer is pasta, topped with besciamella and sprinkled with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
Cook pasta in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 20 mins before serving.
Red Gold Skinny Lasagna Prize Pack
Here's your opportunity to win The Red Gold Skinny Lasagna PRIZE PACK!
As family-run Red Gold and Laura's Lean Beef are celebrating the comfort of lasagna this winter and are encouraging folks to make their own homemade gourmet skinny lasagna. The have given me a kit to giveaway! The Lasagna kit is a gift pack of tomatoes, lasagna noodles, Laura's ground meat, a Red Gold reusable tote, apron, coupons and recipes.
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