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      Tomato & Cheese Lasagna Recipe #39095

      7 large tomatoes, peeled,seeded and chopped
      1 red onion, diced
      4 cloves garlic, minced
      4 tablespoons olive oil
      1 tablespoon tomato paste
      1 bay leaf
      3-5 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
      3-5 sprigs basil, chopped
      3-5 sprigs parsley, chopped
      1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
      prosciutto or ham bone
      1/4 lb parmesan cheese, grated
      1/2 lb buffalo mozzarella, grated
      1 cup ricotta cheese
      1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
      1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
      ground black pepper
      lasagna noodles (I use ready-to-bake)

      To make the sauce: Take the onion and garlic, and saute in olive oil in a large
      pot for a few minutes.
      Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, herbs, crushed red pepper, and
      prosciutto or ham bone.
      Simmer gently for about an hour and a half.
      Remove the bone, puree the sauce (carefully, since this will be hot), and taste
      for seasoning.
      The cheeses: Keep parmesan and mozzarella in separate piles.
      Add the chopped basil and parsley to the ricotta, and season with freshly ground
      black pepper.
      Layer the lasagne: In a dish that is 10X6X2, begin with a light layer of sauce
      on the bottom.
      Cover with a sheet of pasta, and spread it with sauce.
      Sprinkle with parmesan and mozzarella.
      Cover with another sheet of pasta and sauce.
      Put half of the ricotta and herb mixture on this layer.
      Repeat with a layer of pasta, sauce, and mozzarella and parmesan, then another
      layer of pasta, topped with remaining ricotta.
      Make one more layer of pasta and mozzarella and parmesan, ending with a top
      layer of pasta and sauce and parmesan.
      Cover the lasgne with foil and bake 20 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.
      Remove the foil and bake another 20 minutes or so, until the top is crusty and
      Let sit for 5 or so minutes after removing from the oven.
      Cut into portions, grate with fresh parmesan and serve.
      Note: You can use store-bought sauce as a time-saver, but if you have the time
      its worth the wait.
      This may also be made earlier in the day: assemble and keep in the fridge until
      ready to cook.

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