The Ultimate Lasagna

Total Time
2hrs 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

Although making lasagna can be a little time consuming this is well worth the effort! I like to make this for company. If I say I am making DH says his mouth starts watering! LOL! This is also requested by my sister and her favorite thing I make. I don't think you will be dissapointed.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Drain and return to pot.
  2. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce,and water. Season with sugar, Basil, Fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley.
  3. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  5. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. Dry noodles on some paper towels.
  6. In a mixing bowl, Combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  8. 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.
  9. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  10. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  12. Remove foil, and bake an additional 15 -20 minutes.
  13. Cool for 15-20 minutes before serving. This makes for easier slicing.


Most Helpful

Really excellent recipe which includes all the best elements of lasagne and leaves the common 'fillings' - i.e. a thick bechamel sauce, melted hard cheeses and similar - out of the equation. This makes the meat and tomato flavours come through superbly. It could take more mozzarella on the top given the lack of a white sauce. But overall we loved it and it's better than 95% of lasagne I ate while living Italy.

phc.home January 10, 2007

Another great lasagna recipe! I really enjoyed the sweet Italian sausage in it, tasted excellent. Thanks Little Bee....

Sheri-BDB December 30, 2006

Great lasagna. I didn't change a thing. I used hot bulk sausage. Thanks for posting.

Pokey in San Antonio, TX July 10, 2006

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a