Lasagna is relatively expensive. I think this is true whether you buy it at a restaurant or if you make it yourself. Good ingredients cost money. Here in Bogota you can buy a portion of lasagna for $3-4 USD.
Joel and I bought some downtown one Saturday afternoon, and we weren’t impressed. Like their pizzas, the pasta is lacking in tomato sauce. I don’t know that they include the same cheeses, either. In some cases, you can say that it isn’t bad, it is just different: the way Colombians like it. However, I’ve heard some Colombians say that the lasagna you buy isn’t worth it.
Every so often I’ll spend the money to buy the necessary ingredients for a batch of lasagna. This Saturday was one of those times. I walked to Exito and forked over the $ to buy the ricotta, parmesean, mozzarela, and since they didn’t have ground italian sausage, I settled for ground beef. Friday morning I had purchased the lasagna noodles at a different grocery store, and I had made some sauce earlier in the week with fresh tomatoes, onion, basil, garlic, red bell pepper, etc.
Surprisingly, it didn’t take all morning to prepare 5 individual servings. Of course, I had to test one Saturday for lunch to be sure that it would be okay to share with somebody at church the next day.
1/2 lb ground beef, browned and seasoned
2 cups tomato sauce
1 cup ricotta
1/2 cup parmesean
1/3 cup (?) mozzarella cheese
1 small package lasagna noodles, boiled
You know how it goes: Mix the cooked ground beef with the tomato sauce. Spoon some of this mixture into the bottom of your pan(s). Place a cooked noodle on top of the sauce.
Mix together the ricotta, egg and parmesean. Spoon some of this mixture over the lasagna noodle then place some of the mozzarella over the ricotta mixture.
Layer with another noodle and more meat. Repeat the alternating layers until they reach the top of your pan(s).