Best Lasagna Recipe
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For a casual holiday meal, you can't go wrong with this rich and meaty lasagna. My grown sons and daughter-in-law request it for their birthdays, too. —Pam Thompson, Girard, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 50 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 50 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1-1/4 pounds bulk Italian sausage
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (one 28 ounces, one 15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 519 calories, 27g fat (13g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 1013mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 35g protein.


  1. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook sausage, beef and onion over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking up meat into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Drain.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, water, sugar, 3 tablespoons parsley, basil, fennel, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a small bowl, mix egg, ricotta cheese, and remaining parsley and salt.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°. Spread 2 cups meat sauce into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with three noodles and a third of the ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining meat sauce and cheeses (dish will be full).
  5. Bake, covered, 25 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Traditional Lasagna in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2007, p46

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Briadona User ID: 5500759 264973
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2017

"Surprised at all the 5* ratings. The very reason I tried this recipe as make a lot of lasagna and like to try different recipes. Didn't care for this at all very bland to start. No Italian flavor whatsoever.And very wet too much sauce! The 9 noodles got lost in the sauce. So less sauce and definitely needed more ricotta. Plenty of mozzarella though. Sorry will not make again."

mommayor User ID: 6425768 258806
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2016

"Delicious. Very similar to lasagna deliziosa. Same ingredients slightly different amounts. Taste the same."

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 257114
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2016

"Served this for dinner, and everyone thought it was great. I had to use non-gluten lasagna due to one person's diet. I also used all beef. I didn't have fennel, so I skipped that. This was a great dish."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 255820
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"Delicious. A definite make again, but did add extra basil for a bit more spiciness."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 255817
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"Nice flavour. Added a bit more basil to sauce to make it a bit more spicy. Would make again."

sussexspaniel User ID: 8307679 253790
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2016

"This recipe is better than anything you'll get in good Italian restaurants. I've made this recipe for years. It is the same as my Mom's recipe, except she used cottage cheese in place of ricotta. I believe that they couldn't get ricotta cheese in Kentucky 40 years ago at our local little supermarkets. Now that I can get ricotta, I use 1/2 cottage cheese and 1/2 ricotta which is really delicious. Just be sure to beat your cottage cheese and egg mixture really well with a mixer to make it less lumpy."

MimiCT User ID: 1905447 253773
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2016

"I've made this but it's the recipe from World's Best Lasagna.. and it IS! Best ever."

KatrinaBurks User ID: 8394757 253480
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2016 Edited Apr. 26, 2017

"I use cottage cheese instead of ricotta it makes it creamier instead of dry. But I know alot of people who use ricotta cheese. You should try it with cottage cheese sometime. Thank you Katrina"

maldj37 User ID: 8905977 252174
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2016

"OMG!! I created an account just to comment on how amazing this lasagna is. Thank You!"

Inoplanetynka User ID: 8880466 249551
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2016

"The best lasagna I 'v ever eat . And I made it!"

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