This is a really good basic lasagna recipe. It's based on one I found somewhere, but I've tweaked it quite a bit to suit my own tastes. I like it as written with italian sausage, but you can substitute ground beef if you must.
- 1 1⁄4 lbs Italian sausage, casings removed (I use spicy)
- 1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce, of your choice
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 12 ounces ricotta cheese (about 3/4 small container)
- 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
- 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 (8 ounce) package lasagna noodles, uncooked
- Heat oven to 350.
- In large pan, brown italian sausage; drain.
- Add spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, water, garlic and italian seasoning. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- In medium bowl, combine ricotta, 2 cups of the mozzarella, parmesan, eggs, parsley and pepper. Mix well.
- Pour about 1 cup of the sauce on bottom of 9x13 pan.
- Arrange 3 uncooked lasagna noodles over sauce; cover with about 1 cup sauce.
- Spread 1/2 the cheese filling over sauce.
- Repeat layers of lasagna, sauce and cheese filling.
- Top with layer of lasagna and remaining sauce; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
- Remove foil; bake an additional 15 minutes.
- Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
I made this a few days ago and it is now sitting in my freezer waiting to go to a family dinner next week. Even though I haven't yet tasted it I know from looking at and smelling it that it is going to be delicious. For the tomato sauce I used recipe number 8581 (Delicious Tomato Sauce) but did not add the meatballs. With the price of meat and cheese now, next time I make it I will decrease the amount of meat to three-quarters of a pound as I think it does not need one and a quarter pound.
I'm always nervous trying a new no-boil lasagna recipe, though I don't know why as I've never had one turn out poorly yet. I was a bit skeptical on this after the first 30 minutes as it seemed too runny, but that last 15 minutes took care of that. I have to say I didn't eat but a bite of it, after it was cold, because my mom called right as I was getting supper on the table and told me my dad was in the hospital with chest pains. Kind of killed my appetite. However, my picky 11 yr old daughter, who informed me that she "doesn't really care for lasagna", scarfed it down and said it was delicious - so I KNOW it's good! It smelled amazing while it cooked and the bit I tasted was delicious. It was easy to make and I'll be filing this away in my "Make This Often" file (:
I just made this tonight and it's delicious. I've never made lasagna without cooking the noodles so I was a little skeptical, but they cooked perfectly. I followed the directions exactly except that I didn't use meat. My kids loved it so this is something I'll make again. Thanks so much for sharing!