Recipe by sherrilljoy
I got this recipe from my brother-in-law Dan, who got it from the Oregonian newspaper years ago. I've actually given this recipe as a gift! I double the sauce and freeze half for pasta later. Don't be intimidated by the long list of ingredients, it's well worth the effort.
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato puree
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 cup water
- 1 crushed bay leaf
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1 lb Italian sausage
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced (about 1 1/4 cups)
- 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
- 4 ounces black olives, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
for cheese mixture
- 2 eggs
- 15 ounces ricotta cheese
- 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (ab 2 cups)
- 4 ounces fresh parmesan cheese, divided (ab 1 1/3 cups)
- uncooked lasagna noodle
Directions See How It's Made
- Combine tomato sauce, tomato puree, tomato paste, water, bay leaf and oil in lg saucepan.
- Cook at medium-high heat, stirring constantly to a light boil.
- In a separate frying pan, sauté sausage.
- Drain fat and add garlic, mushrooms and onion, sautéing for 1-2 minutes.
- Add parsley and olives to the tomato sauce mixture and stir in the ground meat mixture.
- Add salt, sugar, oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil and pepper.
- Stir together and cook on med heat until mixture boils, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Prepare meat sauce.
- Blend together eggs, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and 1 cup Parmesan cheese.
- In a casserole dish layer lasagna as follows:.
- Meat sauce, noodles, cheese mixture, noodles, meat sauce, noodles, cheese mixture, noodles, meat sauce and top with remaining Parmesan cheese.
- Bake for 35 minutes, uncovered.
- Check for doneness by poking through noodles with knife.