Super Easy Lasagna Recipe
For a retreat, we want to offer huge amounts of food. Comfort. That’s what we’re going for. We absolutely want to provide healthy choices, too, but sometimes (at least in my opinion and from my own experience) ladies want a chance NOT to worry about calories and carbs and all that. A retreat is a perfect way to take a break from the ‘real’ world, and so along with our healthy options (listed below the main recipe), we try to pack our meals with plenty of comfort food, too.
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One favorite for everyone seems to be lasagna and making lasagna for a large group is really simple. We always make plenty and seldom have any left over. Because traditional lasagna recipes can take so long, we had Lainie, one of our ‘retreaters’ who also cooks for us, share her delicious and oh so easy recipe for making lasagna for our large groups. I promise it’s as delicious as any of the longer, more complex recipes.
Here’s what you need for each pan of lasagna:
- 12 Lasagna Noodles
- 1 lb of ground beef or sausage
- 24 oz jar – Spaghetti Sauce
- 2 ½ C Shredded Cheese (any kind)
Make the noodles according to the package. Brown ground beef/sausage, drain, and add spaghetti sauce to it.
Place a little of the meat sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Add a layer of noodles, then another layer of sauce, and then a layer of cheese. Start back with noodles and then continue layering until you end with cheese on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. If you prepare these ahead of time and have them in the fridge, the time cooking might take a little longer.
You’ll get about 12 servings per lasagna. We make enough for each attendee plus a couple of extras just in case. Lasagna heats well as leftovers IF there are any. 🙂
In addition to lasagna, we always serve garlic bread (from the store) and green beans.
We also provide a full salad bar at lunch and dinner which includes: various lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, bell pepper, dill pickles, cottage cheese, sliced peaches, diced ham, shredded cheddar, hard boiled eggs, grilled chicken strips, and several dressing choices.
Everything on the salad bar is easy to prepare ahead of time or, like us, we have one of the ladies who volunteers to cook for us and a few others who help her (I recruited my husband and daughter) prepare everything right before lunch.
Your ‘extras’ are totally up to you, of course. We just like to make sure that if anyone does have food preferences, sensitivities, or allergies they have options that will still fill them up.
It’s so important to have group meal time and fellowship at a retreat. I love to offer great, filling food that doesn’t take too much prep and stress. Hope you enjoy!
What are some of your favorite easy-to-make meals for large groups?