Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins
An awesome, basic recipe for good ol' lasagna. The sauce is perfect: hearty and flavorful. This recipe was originally from Epicurious.com, but I have edited it somewhat. This variation is quite a bit cheesier, and uses oven-ready, no-boil noodles. I'm not one to cut corners, but in fact, I think the no-boil variety taste just as good as regular noodles. Using them also eliminates one of the more tedious steps in lasagna-making.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 3⁄4 cup grated carrot
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 8 ounces lean ground beef
- 6 ounces hot Italian sausages, casings removed
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes in puree
- 1⁄4 cup tomato paste
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon golden brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dry crushed red pepper
- 15 oven-ready no-boil lasagna noodles (about 12 oz.)
- 2 (15 ounce) containers ricotta cheese
- 1 1⁄2 cups grated parmesan cheese
- 10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed, drained & squeezed dry
- 2 large eggs
- 2 lbs grated mozzarella cheese
- Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat.
- Add onion, carrots and garlic; sauté until softened, 10-12 minutes.
- Add beef and sausages to pan; sauté until cooked through, breaking up meat as you stir, about 5 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Cover and simmer until flavors blend and sauce measures about 5 cups, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
- Discard bay leaf.
- Set aside and cool.
- Combine ricotta and ¾ cup Parmesan cheese in medium bowl.
- Mix in spinach.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Mix in eggs.
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Spread ½ cup sauce over the bottom of a 13" by 9" glass baking dish.
- Place 5 noodles over sauce, overlapping to fit.
- Spread half of the ricotta-spinach mixture evenly over noodles.
- Sprinkle 2 cups mozzarella cheese evenly over ricotta-spinach mixture.
- Spoon 1½ cups sauce over cheese, spreading with spatula to cover (sauce will be thick).
- Repeat layering with 5 noodles, remaining ricotta-spinach mixture, 2 cups mozzarella and 1½ cups sauce.
- Arrange remaining 5 noodles over sauce.
- Spread remaining sauce over noodles.
- Sprinkle remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese evenly over the top of the lasagna.
- Cover baking dish with aluminum foil.
- Bake lasagna 40 minutes; uncover and bake until hot and bubbly, about 40 more minutes.
- Let lasagna stand 15 minutes before serving.
I found this recipe in the Bon Appetit archives years ago. The only changes I did was cut the lasagna noodles down to 10. It's a nice change from the "regular" type of lasagna!!
My family really enjoyed this! I wanted to try a "diffrent" lasagna recipe that was really cheesey since anything with mounds of cheese is 5 star with my family. The additon of carrots really brought this recipe over the top I think. Also another big plus was the no-boil noodles. Thanks for posting!