Classic Lasagna

60 minutes

serves 4

Who here is a die hard Friends fan?!?! The answer is me!!! And everyone who has friends, of course. I haven’t heard of one person who dislikes this amazing show. I also can’t believe that my beloved show Friends is now twenty five years old. Rachel, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe, Monica and Ross are like my childhood friends, and they’ve been making me laugh for 25 years. So considering they are my first friends ever, I must celebrate and whip up a special Friends themed meal to eat while I restart the series. There are a lot of different foods sprinkled throughout Friends, but I’m making one that came up in the very first season: Monica’s Lasagna. In the episode, The One with the Dozen Lasagnas, Monica makes a dozen lasagnas for a party she is catering, only to find out that they ordered vegetarian, and not the meat ones she made. So, she was stuck with a dozen lasagnas and kept giving them away to her friends and strangers to eat.

I’m finally bringing Monica’s lasagna to life so we can all enjoy it. But we are only making one this time.

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1box lasagna noodles
Meat sauce
1cup white onion 
1cup carrot
1/2cup celery
5 garlic cloves
1/4cup parsley
2tbsp oregano
2tbsp basil
1lb ground beef
1cup red wine
28 oz. crushed tomatoes
3tbsp tomato paste
2tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
Cheese Mixture
1 1/2cup ricotta cheese
1/2cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1cup shredded mozzarella cheese
13x9-inch glass baking dish



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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

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Boil the lasagna noodles for 10 minutes.

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While your noodles boil, chop your onions, carrots, celery and herbs. Mince the garlic

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In a sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat.

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Add onion and garlic, and sauté until soft.

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Add celery and carrot and continue to sauté, until tender.

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Raise the heat to high and add the ground beef.

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