Happy Neighbors Happy Lasagna

My new house is located in a little compound. There are 4 houses built with a small dirt road the leads to each one off the main street. Two in front and one in back…mine being the back left. With in 24 hours of us moving in, our doorbell rang about 15 times…. Welcome to the neighborhood. Can we help you with anything? We are right next door, just let us know if you need anything? Where are you from? You are just going to love Austin. It was so nice to have such a warm greeting. I lived in LA in the same house for almost 7 years and never had that happen!

Mirror happily hanging in her new home.

Once we started to clear through the boxes and it was time to decorate the walls… We were in desperate need of a handy man!! Someone with muscle to hang a mirror over the fire place that weighs just over 100lbs!! I took my neighbors up on their offer and knocked. Next thing I know I had a crew of UT boys over measuring, knocking on walls, drilling and hanging the mirror. When I asked to pay them they stated, we are neighbors ma’am that is what we do. Ok really? That still exist? PS I hate being called ma’am, but am getting used to it. Well they clearly don’t know me, I had to return something in exchange for their kindness. What better “Thank You” than to make a homemade lasagna for 4 college boys?  OK maybe a case of beer.


  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup happy hemp
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, remaining parsley, 1/4 happy hemp and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella, remaining happy hemp and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
  6. Enjoy! 
You can’t imagine how happy they were to have a piping hot warm mess of yumminess delivered to their door. I have actually found they are great for getting rid of food. Yesterday I pawned a half a chocolate cake on them, so I would not eat it. Loving my neighbors~
Happy Street. Happy Neighbors. Happy Hemp.

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