Monday, June 9, 2014

Remembering Grandma While Using Tuttorosso Tomatoes

Disclosure:  We received a Tuttorosso Tomatoes gift pack to facilitate our honest review.  All opinions are those of the Shelly's Bits & Pieces family.

My brother and I spent our summers with our Great-Grandma Bessie while our parents worked.  She prepared wonderful meals for us and she also taught us how to cook things from scratch.  Thanks to all the things I learned from Grandma Bessie, I consider myself to be a rather accomplished home cook.  Grandma stressed the importance of using quality ingredients in everything.  She canned most of the vegetables that she used in her recipes to ensure the quality of her food.  Years later, when I cook, I make sure I use quality ingredients as well.  When I am in need of tomatoes, I always reach for Tuttorosso tomatoes.

One of my favorite recipes to make is Lasagna.  I use the Tuttorosso tomatoes that have basil in them because it just adds that special something to the flavor.  When Kat cooks lasagna, she uses the recipe from Tuttorosso.  Here is the recipe she uses:

Recipe Overview:
Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

1 pound lean ground beef
3/4 pound pork sausage
3 (8 ounce) cans Tuttorosso® Tomato Sauce
2 (6 ounce) cans Tuttorosso® Tomato Paste
1 (28 ounce) can Tuttorosso® Diced Tomatoes In Rich Tomato Juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
Salt and black pepper to taste
3 eggs , beaten
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 (15 ounce) carton low fat ricotta cheese
9 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat over to 375F.  In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until browned; drain well.  Add TUTTOTOSSO® TOMATO SAUCE, TUTTOROSSO® TOMATO PASTE, TUTTOROSSO® DICED TOMATOES in rich tomato juice, garlic, sugar, Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook uncovered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a large bowl combine eggs and parsley.  Stir in ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Spread 1 cup of meat sauce in an ungreased 9 X 13 inch baking dish.  Layer with three noodles, ½ half of ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1 cup sauce.  Repeat layers and top with last 3 noodles and the remaining sauce.  Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Cover and bake for 50 minutes.  Uncover and bake 20 minutes longer.  Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

The lasagna is delicious, and every time we prepare it, using Tuttorosso tomatoes, we think about how proud Grandma would be.  We show our love through our cooking, and like Grandma, we use only quality ingredients!


Leela said...

I love their tomatoes. That looks so delicious.

Amy Orvin said...

I love lasagna. I'd love to borrow this recipe. Thank you for sharing it.