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I started making this recipe years ago with just ground beef and decided to try it with italian sausage one day and it was such a hit that I continued with the updated recipe.
- Brown ground beef and sausage together and drain (I also rinse with water to wash away some the fat).
- Put meat in food processor and pulse until it is fine and no chunks of meat left.
- Put in pot and add spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, seasoning and sugar. Let simmer while noodles are cooking.
- Mix cheeses together using 2 cups of mozzarella with all of the ricotta and parmesan cheese. Mix in the egg.
- When ready to assemble, put some sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan and then start layering the noodles, cheese mixture and sauce. There should be three layers of 4 noodles and you should end with sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining cup of mozz. cheese. The pan will be full.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes. Cover dish with foil for the first 15 minutes so cheese will not get too brown.
- When done, let set for 5-10 minutes before cutting.
- You can prepare this the day before and put it in the refrigerator. Bake the next day and Enjoy!