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Classic Lasagna Recipe
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Classic Lasagna Recipe

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A definite crowd-pleaser, this classic lasagna is thick, rich and meaty with lots of cheese—just the way I like it. Even though my parents were Hungarian, I have a weakness for savory Italian foods like this. —Suzanne Barker, Bellingham, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon each sugar, dried oregano and basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 cartons (15 ounces each) ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 package (12 ounces) lasagna noodles, cooked, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 337 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 636 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the sausage, beef, onion, carrot and pepper flakes over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  2. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, oregano, basil, salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, egg, parsley and remaining pepper.
  4. In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, layer a fourth of the noodles, a third of the ricotta mixture, a fourth of the meat sauce and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers twice. Top with the remaining noodles, sauce and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Cover and bake at 400° for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella; bake, uncovered, 10 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Classic Lasagna in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p29

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"Awesome !!!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"I just made this tonight and it was my first time ever making lasagna! All I have to say is that it was AMAZING!!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"I made this lasagna for my husband's family. It was delicious. I used all ground pork (italian seasoned), instead of 1/2 beef mainly because I prefer the pork over the beef. I skipped the carrots mainly from oversight. I also only did two layers because my pan wasn't deep enough for 3. I will definitely make this again. The red pepper flakes give it just the right amount of kick. Great recipe!"

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"Thought that this recipe was too meaty."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"I have been making this recipe since it was first published in 1997. It is a fabulous recipe and I always have people asking for the recipe. It really is a classic! The only changes I do is use the noodles that you do not need to cook ahead of time. It saves time this way."

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