In America, my mom makes lasagna every Christmas Eve. I had told my host family how I celebrate Christmas in America, so when my host sister Melissa was assigned homework requiring her to cook she remembered I eat lasagna every year. Therefore, she asked me to teach her how to make it.
Last Sunday, Melissa and I both had free time so we decided to make lasagna together. I went to the grocery store with my host family. We weren’t able to find ricotta cheese so we decided to use cream cheese as a substitute. We also bought lasagna noodles, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. We already had tomato sauce, garlic and onions at home. Then we went to the afternoon market to buy meat. We weren’t able to find ground beef so we decided to buy shredded beef and turn it into round beef at home.
We decided to make two pans of lasagna, one with cream cheese and one without.
First we cut up the onion and the garlic. Then we added a bit of the garlic powder.
Then, we cooked the meat. After it was cooked, we cut it up into really little pieces. Then, we cooked the meat together with the garlic, onions and tomato sauce. We also added some salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
While the meat was cooking, we measured out the other ingredients. We used a scale to measure out 14 oz of tomato sauce, 2 oz of water, 4 oz of parmesan cheese, and 4 oz of mozzarella cheese. Then we added the tomato sauce, water, and cheeses to the pan. We cooked the meat with the sauce for about five minutes. Then we added some more tomato sauce as well as some salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
To make the first pan of lasagna, we first greased the sides of the pan to keep the noodles from burning or sticking to the pan. Then we added a layer of noodles at the bottom. On top of the noodles, we put the meat sauce. Then we added parmesan cheese. We repeated these steps two times. At the very top, we added a lot of mozzarella cheese and Italian seasoning.
For the second pan, the procedure was almost the same. The only difference was that we also added cream cheese right on top of each layer of noodles.
We used small pans because our house just has a toaster oven, not an oven. After waiting for the oven to preheat to 200 degrees Celsius, we cooked the lasagna. After twenty-five minutes, we took the pan out of the oven. After waiting for the lasagna to cool a bit, we ate it!
This was the first time anyone in my host family had eaten lasagna so I’m really glad they liked it! Both of the pans were really good but we all agreed that if you don’t use too much cream cheese, the second pan was better.
Melissa also made lasagna at school with her classmates and they all thought it was delicious. I’m really glad we had the opportunity to cook together. I hope that in the future we can cook together again. I also hope you all try our recipe!
Melissa and I With Our Lasagna