This unique, hearty lamb lasagna is packed with aromatic, delicious strong flavors. From the Feta cheese and fresh basil, to the tender chunks of meat and warming spices, this is the epitome of comfort food!
2cupsFeta cheesecrumbled or cut into small pieces (about 10-ounces)
3 to 4bunches of basil - washed and dried, stems removedyou will need about 4 dozen large leaves
In a large bowl or baking dish, mix the 3 tablespoons of olive oil with the garlic, rosemary and thyme. Add the lamb and mix to be sure all of the pieces are well coated. Cover with plastic wrap and let it marinate for 30 minutes.
While the lamb is marinating, coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with olive oil and place it over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until soft and golden, about 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and mix, and cook until it’s very aromatic, about 1 minute. It’s okay if some of the tomato paste browns on the bottom of the pan.
Turn the heat off until the lamb has marinated for 30 minutes — then, turn the heat to medium-high and add it to the onions. Stirring often, cook for about 5 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Add the tomatoes, wine, olives and cinnamon. Use a flat-bottomed spatula to scrape any ingredients that are stuck to the bottom of the pan and mix them into the liquid. Bring to a boil and then immediately turn the heat to low and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Then add a layer of the no-boil lasagna noodles. Now add about half of the lamb mixture to the noodles, followed by a sprinkling of about 1/3 of the mozzarella and feta cheeses. Top this with a solid, single layer of basil leaves and then add another layer of the lasagna noodles. Then repeat.
Pour any juices left in the pan over the lasagna noodles and then top with the remaining third of both cheeses, and a generous drizzling of olive oil.
Place in the preheated 375°F oven until the top is golden and it’s sizzling along the edges of the pan, about 30 minutes. Cover the pan loosely with foil, and bake for another 15 minutes.
Let it cool for about 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
No-Boil Lasagna noodles come in various widths and lengths -- any of them are fine, just be sure when you add the layer, you cover the entire surface, even if it means breaking some of the noodles into thinner or smaller pieces.
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