Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
After trying several different recipes for lasagna, and combining the best of the best, I think I found the best combination yet. I will admit that this is not for the faint of heart; this is a very hearty dish. *At the suggestion of a fellow Zaarian, use regular lasagna noodles (not the no boil type).
- 1 lb Italian sausage (Johnsonville bulk)
- 1 lb ground round
- 2 (28 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce, of your choice, divided
- 1 (15 ounce) can Italian tomatoes, diced
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 teaspoons oregano leaves
- 1 tablespoon basil leaves
- 1⁄4 cup parsley
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
- 2 (15 ounce) packages ricotta cheese (Sargento)
- 6 cups mozzarella cheese, grated, divided
- 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 3 eggs
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, cooked, drained & cooled
- 1 (8 ounce) package lasagna noodles, uncooked
- 6 slices smoked provolone cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large skillet brown the sausage and ground round; drain well.
- Add 1-1/2 jars spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, water, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley & 1/2 teaspoons black pepper.
- Stir to mix well; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- In large bowl combine ricotta cheese, 4 cups mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, eggs, remaining black pepper, and spinach. Mix well.
- In 10x11x3 lasagna pan, cover bottom with approximately 1 cup meat sauce.
- Place 4 uncooked lasagna noodles over sauce;cover with an additional 1 cup sauce.
- Spread 1/2 of the cheese mixture over the sauce.
- Place the 6 slices of Provolone over cheese mixture.
- Repeat layers of noodles, sauce, cheese, noodles and remaining sauce (including remaining jar).
- Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
- Remove foil; top with remaining 2 cups cheese.
- Bake for additional 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let stand 20 to 30 minutes before cutting.
Caregiver's delight. Easy enough to do quickly and makes terrific leftovers. I make it all the time (about every six months). Never fails to please.
Oh my yummy goodness! I made this recipe to share with my son and my cousins family of seven after church one afternoon. There were a total of nine people eating and everyone had seconds. The compliments continued to flood the conversation. My cousin's wife requested the recipe after their youngest child, who is a picky eater asked if there was more. I had made other lasagna recipe's before and since then, but none of them have been as good as this recipe.
OK, this lasagna was featured on the yummy photo of the day. Move this lasagna to the front of the class. Three words can easily describe it, Oh my God!