Dad's Lasagna

"Like my father's rib recipe which I've also posted, this is a recipe which some old buddies of mine recently requested that I post. Back when we all were a little younger, the guys used to come over everytime my Dad made his lasagne. Maybe it was the free meal or maybe it was just that good but this recipe is the reason why lasagna has always been one of my favorite foods. I know that you can substitute ground beef for the sausage (or use both combined) with equal success. I've posted this as 6-10 servings but I know from experience that 4 big guys can polish this off and still ask for more."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • Remove sausage skins and break up the sausage in frying pan.
  • Brown meat slowly and spoon off excess fat.
  • Add garlic, basil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, tomatoes and tomato paste.
  • Simmer, covered for 15 minutes; stir often.
  • Set aside when finished.
  • Meanwhile, cook noodles in boiling salted water until tender; drain; rinse.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs; add Ricotta, Parmesan, Parsley, pepper and a tsp of salt.
  • Mix well.
  • Now in a 13x9x2 inch baking dish; Layer half the noodles; spread with half the Ricotta cheese/egg mixture; add half the thinly sliced mozzarella and then half the meat sauce.
  • Repeat.
  • Bake at 375 F degrees for about 30 minutes.
  • Alternatively, you could refrigerate until later and then bake for 45 minutes.
  • Either way let the lasagna stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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  1. Bowie Girl
    Since I do not eat pork I used ground turkey breast. I used the no boil noodles and they turned out great and saved time. I also used tomatoes in basil & garlic. As such I omitted the whole basil and substituted in some oregano. It turned out WONDERFUL! Using the cheese slices really worked out well as the ricotta mixture was much easier to spread over the noodles. My DH just loved it. It also heated up the next day very well. Thank you!
  2. Debbie R.
    Delicious. My husband loved it. I added one light layer of pepperoni slices for a little kick. This recipe will be my go to lasagna recipe.
  3. lori  g.
    its hard to find good lasagna...I never made lasagna before this...this recipe was easy to follow and very good...I added a teaspoon of parsley and I used the ricotta cheese and the parmesan cheese when I made mine...everyone loved it and I will be making it again...thanks for sharing this recipe!!!
  4. cm107
    Made this and it was great! I used 2 cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes, and as simmering the sauce added 2 full can of water, as I never cook my noodles anymore! I also put a ladle of sauce, then start with the noodles to keep the noodles from sticking to the pan. I also used fresh basil and parsley instead of the dried. I baked at 350 for about 45 minutes. It was a hit!!
  5. iluvdojos
    I've made lasagna a couple of times before this and had issues with it being sloppy, but this turned out super. I made a couple of modifications... For some reason I thought the recipe called for ground beef, so I browned up about a pound. So I used five Italian sausages and about one pound of meat. I also did not have three cups of cottage cheese so I only used two. Anyway - it turned out super good. Probably close to the best lasagna I've ever had. Thanks for posting.


  1. Debbie R.
    A light layer of pepperoni slices in the middle.
  2. aclove_88_486
    My first try at homemade lasagna and OMG!!!! Loved loved loved this recipe! I made this last week as written, word for word, for a family gathering(10ppl, including kids) and everyone loved it. I made this again last night, only this time it was only for 4 ppl so I halved the recipe. We didn't have enough lasagna I used lasagna for the bottom layer and fettucine for the rest. Also I used about 1 lb or so of homemade tomato spaghetti sauce instead of the tomatoes and tomato paste. The second one, as altered as it was, turned out great too!! But I have to say I loved your original recipe and I will definately be using this recipe again. Plz say thank you to your father and give him a big kiss on the cheek for me!! And thank you Nurbel for posting(:
  3. bsbdancer
    This was my first time making homemade lasagna & it was wonderful! It was very easy & very tasty, my husband & mother loved it as well. The only changes that I made to the receipe were that I used ground beef instead of sausage & I put all my seasonings & tomatoes into the food chopper to make the sauce smooth instead of chunky. This is definately a dish that I will be making again & again! Thank you!


I'm male, early 30's and live with my longtime girlfriend. I do the cooking, she does the baking. We both do the eating. ;^) What else? I have a spicy food addiction and have over 30 hot sauces taking up too much space in my fridge. I also have hard time not buying any cook book that I find that has great pictures - especially if I'm hungry. Many of them I never use for more than inspiration... looking through them gets me thinking about what I would like to make or eat.
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