Saute onion, garlic and meat in pan, stirring frequently until browned. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, basil, fennel, pepper, and half of parsley; mix well.
Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and ½ cup water mashing tomatoes with wooden spoon. Bring to boiling; reduce heat; simmer, covered and stirring occasionally, until thick 1 ½ hours. In a kettle bring 3 quarts of water and l tablespoon salt to boiling. Add lasagna, 2 or 3 at a time. Return to boiling, boil uncovered and stirring occasionally about 10 minutes. Drain in colander. Preheat oven to 3750. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, egg, remaining parsley, and salt; mix well. In bottom of 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish, spoon 1 ½ cups sauce. Layer with 6 lasagna, lengthwise and overlapping, to cover. Spread with half of the ricotta mixture, top with third of mozzarella. Spoon I ½ sauce over cheese; sprinkle with ¼ Parmesan. Repeat layering, starting with 6 lasagna and ending with 1 1/2 cups sauce sprinkled with parmesan. Spread with remaining sauce; top with rest of mozzarella and parmesan. Cover with foil, tucking around edge. Bake 25 minutes· remove foil· bake uncovered 25 minutes longer, or until bubbly. Cool 15 minutes before serving.
Boil potatoes in a medium pot of salted water until cooked and soft.
Drain and mash with chicken broth, sour cream, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper, set aside.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a large sauté pan brown meat over medium to high heat, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Season with 1/2 tsp salt and pepper to taste. I drained the liquid off and used a fork to break it up more.
When cooked, set aside on a plate.
Add the oil, onion, mushrooms, and celery and sauté on medium heat about 5 to 7 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
Add the flour, frozen or fresh vegetables, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, thyme, cooked meat and mix well. Simmer on low about 8-10 minutes.
Spread the meat on the bottom of casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with paprika. ( I added a sprinkle of Cheese to the topping)
Bake 20 to 25 minutes, then place under the broiler 1 to 2 minutes until the potatoes turn golden.
Remove from oven and let it cool 5-10 minutes before serving.
Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the Empanada Sunburst dough: Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg and then whisk in the stock. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and knead until a dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, for the empanada filling: In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef,(chicken or turkey) and garlic minced (optional) and cook until the meat is cooked completely. Drain the grease and set the cooked meat aside.
In the same pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the tomato paste, vinegar, cumin, chili powder, oregano, seasoned salt, garlic, bell peppers and onions. Cook until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the beef and cook over low heat for about 5 more minutes. The mixture should be moist but not dripping wet.
Divide dough in half. On generously floured surface, roll out each disk to 1/4 inch 12' circle. Place first circle on parchment -lined backing sheet. Spoon a 3/4 cup of chili in center of the circle then spread remaining chili in a ring about 2" from the edge of the circle. Lay second dough circle over chili mixture. Press 4" bowl, upside down, in the middle indenting it then take the bowl off dough. Press outer dough edges together, crimp to seal.
Cut petals using kitchen shears, carefully cut outer ring of the pastry into 1" slices. Gently twist each piece to expose the filing upward. In bowl, whisk remaining egg, brush over exposed pastry. Bake 30 min. or until golden brown. Serve with Basil and sour cream for dipping, if desired.