The #1 Lasagna Recipe

Recipe by yamfry50
READY IN: 45mins




  • 1. Start with the following in a pot.
  • 1 pound of sweet Italian sausage.
  • 1 pound of ground beef.
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onions.
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped.
  • Brown the ground beef, Italian sausage, onions and garlic in a pot until they start to look. It takes about 6 to 9 minutes to brown the meat. I like to use a Dutch oven to cook this portion of the recipe. I use a medium low temperature to brown the meat. It is optional to remove the grease from the meat once it is finished browning, your choice.
  • 2. Add the following:
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of crushed tomatoes.
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans of tomato sauce.
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans of tomato paste.
  • 1/2 cup of water.
  • Gently stir this into the cooking meat.
  • 3. Add the following:
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed.
  • 2 teaspoons fresh Basil leaves chopped.
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley chopped.
  • 1 teaspoon salt.
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper.
  • Gently stir these seasoning into the sauce.
  • Cover the pot and let the meat sauce simmer. Simmer on low heat for 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 4. Soak 12 lasagna noodles.
  • The lasagna noodles need to be soaked in hot tap water for 15 minutes.
  • 5. While the noodles are soaking you can make the cheese filling.
  • Put the following in a mixing bowl:
  • 23 ounces of ricotta cheese.
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • Grate fresh nutmeg over the Ricotta cheese.
  • 6. Add the following.
  • 1 egg.
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley chopped.
  • Mix these ingredients together with a spoon.
  • 7. Now we start building the lasagna layers.
  • Use a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  • Spread 2 Cups of meat sauce on the bottom of the pan.
  • Remove your lasagna noodles out of the water bath. Shake water off wet noodles.
  • Lay 6 noodles across the layer of sauce.
  • Spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture over the layer of noodles.
  • Spread 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese over the ricotta layer.
  • Sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese over the mozzarella layer.
  • Spread 2 cups of meat sauce over the cheese layer.
  • Lay down the next layer of noodles.
  • Spread the remaining ricotta mixture over noodles.
  • Spread the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses saving some cheese for the top of the lasagna.
  • Put the last layer of meat sauce on the cheeses.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  • 8. Cover with foil.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 350 for 25 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake uncovered for another 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for approximately 15 minutes.
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  • –Serves 12 people–.