"My friends and I got this recipe from an Italian cookbook that someone checked out at the library in Minnesota. So I do not know the name or the author of the book. It is a wonderful recipe, my family and friends just love it! I serve this with a tossed green salad and french bread and a nice merlot wine."
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Ready In:
1hr 50mins




  • Sauté garlic, sugar, salt (I never use this much).
  • Add Italian sausage, ground beef, cook until meat is brown and done.
  • Add basil, fennel seeds, pepper, pear tomatoes, tomato paste.
  • Cook until thick.
  • Boil the 12 noodles and drain.
  • Mix together ricotta cheese, egg, 2 tablespoons of parsley (if this mixture is too thick add a little milk).
  • Layer sauce, 1/2 noodles, 1/2 of ricotta mixture, 1/2 mozzarella, sauce, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, noodles, ricotta mixture, mozzarella, sauce, and rest of parmesan cheese.
  • Bake at 375° for 25 minutes covered with foil, 25 minutes uncovered.
  • Let set for about 10-15 minutes before cutting.

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  1. Ahhhh. A wonderful Lasagne recipe. This really hit the spot. I made this exactly as stated using freshly grated Parmesan cheese. I also used the full 1 tablespoon of salt (it was not too salty for my taste). Serve this with a nice glass of Merlot and you have heaven on earth. :-)
  2. This is a wonderful recipe! I tried it this evening,and my family thoroughly enjoyed it! I served this with Homemade Garlic Bread and it was an excellent meal!
  3. WOW! I've used numerous recipes for lasagna over the years and I've found the best one yet! I got kudos from the whole family and was told (and I agreed) it was better than any restaurant lasagna. Followed the recipe to the T but only ingredient I didn't use was the fennel only because I didn't have any on hand. It was a very simple recipe but VERY tasty!!
  4. best lasagna my dad and i have ever tasted. i did 3 noodle layers, the pan had to have weighed over 8 lbs putting it into the oven!
  5. It's my DGS's 10th B-day and he requested lasagna so I went on a search here at zaar and found this one. Lucky pick for me as it was wonderful. The directions are clear and it went together so easy - I think this could easily be prepared early and kept in the fridge until ready to place in the oven. I did use those instant pasta that allow you to just place and not pre-boil and that worked like a charm. Other than that, made exactly as directed and wouldn't change a think. Everyone loved it. Served with recipe#5221 and recipe#68103 and for adults added a bottle of Washington Merlot. What a nice evening that was enjoyed by all. Thanks Beaner for posting.


I have lived in Vancouver since 1987. I am a transplant from Minnesota. We have 3 grown sons, a wonderful daughter in law, 2 beautiful granddaughters,1 grandson 2 dogs (1 Border Collie named Molly and 1 Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix named Gulliver, that we rescued) . I am for now working in property management and still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up. My job is interesting, but quite demanding! My DH wants me to quit, I would love to stay home and be his goddess. I love to be at the beach flying kites, sailing with our friends, billiards,cooking, grilling and entertaining friends and family. We downhill ski in the winter and enjoy our family and our animals . If I had a month off I would love to spend it with our family together at warm tropical destination. Just enjoy our grown children and our grandchildren. Then when that trip came to an end, I would love for my DH & I to spent some time somewhere warm and tropical all alone. I could become quite the traveler. We had some life changes last October, I lost my balance and fell. I had 2 spiral breaks in my leg, my tibia and my fibula and another small half moon break. I did have some surgery and have 3 plates and 16 screws in my leg until this coming spring in March, then I will have some hardware removed, hopefully. Had to give up some sports! But heck it could be a lot worse. My DH just started a new job! That's good news!
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