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Lasagna Deliziosa Recipe

Lasagna Deliziosa Recipe

Everyone loves this lasagna. It's often served as a birthday treat for guests. I've lightened it up a lot from the original, but no one can tell the difference! —Heather O'Neill, Troy, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings


  • 9 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook sausage, beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • 2. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, sugar, basil, fennel and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°. In a small bowl, combine the egg, ricotta cheese, parsley and salt. Drain noodles and rinse in cold water. Spread 1 cup meat sauce into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with three noodles, 2 cups meat sauce, 2/3 cup ricotta cheese mixture, 2/3 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan. Repeat layers twice.
  • 4. Cover and bake 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 323 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 701mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Lasagna Deliziosa

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Kathleensb User ID: 8687737 247702
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2016

"love it"

Willowsmom1 User ID: 5655747 218091
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"I didn't precook the noodles so I added a cup of water to the sauce. It still could have used a little more sauce. I couldn't find mild Italian turkey sausage so I used hot and it worked great. I left out the fennel. I would actually give the recipe a 4.5 because it is a little costly for meat and all the cheese and it took me about an hour to get it in the oven, but my family of 4 really enjoyed it. It was large enough for two dinners. I'm going to make it again this weekend and freeze it in two batches for weeknight dinners."

kat034 User ID: 7321920 216832
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"my first time making lasagna and it was completely awesome - plan to make it again and again"

KajunKween User ID: 7435243 215434
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"My first time ever making lasagna, and I found this recipe. It was a total hit!! Now, whenever family comes to visit, they make sure to request I make it."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 110526
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014


sara.r User ID: 7980633 111141
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014


jamerbuddy User ID: 833809 110523
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014

"Awesome family dish!"

Cherry658 User ID: 7725141 97510
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"I've never made or cooked lasagna before and this turned out great. Delicious, my family and kids loved it too. I'll definitely make it again."

Summy User ID: 1386846 179162
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014 Edited Sep. 30, 2014

"The longer this lasagna sat in the fridge, it just got better and better. It's a bit dry, so I put a couple of spoonfuls of store bought tomato-basil spaghetti sauce on top for my 84 year old father before serving it. He has been raving about how this is the best lasagna he has ever eaten. He wants me to make this part of his meals that I deliver each week."

gnats1222 User ID: 3754874 103984
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"Delicious! The only thing I did differently is that I left out the fennel seed and added some oregano, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes to the sauce for more flavor. Perfect for a special occasion or an everyday meal -- yum!"

christycincy User ID: 6445428 95281
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"This was a delicious lower fat lasagna recipe. I didn't tell my boyfriend that it was healthier for him until after he had eaten and raved about it. Delicious! Leftovers were great as well."

mandydahlseng User ID: 4060712 143006
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"Very yummy! Good without the ground beef. I have made it with either turkey or chicken sausage. Well worth the prep time!"

lisamaria728 User ID: 5393068 163795
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Ok, the only reason I gave this four stars instead of five is for a few simple reasons. Like one reviewer said, this recipe needed more ricotta AND could have used some more sauce too because the noodles soak up so much. So my leftovers were quite dry! I also did not use fennel. I subbed ground turkey for ground beef. Other than that, I did everything as is. I never made lasagna from scratch; always used jarred sauce, but I don't need to anymore. I would definitely make this again and I would just add more ricotta and make extra sauce. It was really delicious!!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 103983
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"Great lasagna. Prep time wasn't as high as many other lasagna recipes, which made this very attractive."

harleyvonne User ID: 6352089 118953
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"Absolutely delicious! The whole family loved it, even the younger children."

PKinNk User ID: 6196451 210441
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"My mom got almost the identical recipe in the 60s out of a magazine and my family has been making it ever since. I make it for Christmas eve every year. I usually use all sausage, triple the sauce and double everything else and then split it among three slightly smaller pans. I freeze two of them for ski weekends."

gringalaura User ID: 6177318 95277
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2012

"I have made this recipe twice and really liked it both times. It is a little tedious to prepare. I had never used ricotta before. It was harder to work with than the cottage cheese I have always used in other recipes. I made it exactly like it was written. Leftovers freeze well to be reheated later. I just had a piece for lunch today that had been in my freezer a few weeks, and it still tasted great! It was a hit at home as well."

licorice lover User ID: 5650127 143005
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

"My family thought it was delicious as is. Only, I used oven ready lasagne noodles. Will definitely make more of this one.


TGee User ID: 2987329 177193
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

"Excellent family meal."

mostlymoose User ID: 671434 110521
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

"This is a great recipe for family or company. I will be making this again. Wonder how xizziz could review this since she changed over 12 of the ingredients and then gave her recipe 5 stars..Really?"

plytmkutr User ID: 2703882 178086
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

"xizziz made a TOTALLY different recipe. I do not like canned sauce and the ricotta definitely needs an egg. Please don't try to pass off what you made as this recipe. This recipe is delicious (without fennel)"

DCinDE User ID: 4775833 95275
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

"One note, ALL lasagna is "no boil". Take traditional uncooked lasagna noodles, and layer the lasagna as normal. They will absorb the liquids while cooking. This will make the noodles perfectly cooked without being mushy, and it will firm up the lasagna. Try it once and you will never go back!"

stephanieann1983 User ID: 6213014 163794
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

"I would make this again with some changes. There was not nearly enough of the ricotta mixture. The layers didn't hold together very well. Also, I would leave out the fennel seed."

keepinyouinstitches User ID: 2668277 178148
Reviewed May. 13, 2012

"Very good... I used wheat noodles instead for extra nutrition."

ilka896 User ID: 6549264 179153
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"This was an awesome recipe and pretty simple to make. Came out really good. My family was pleased."

SharonColyer User ID: 2980895 160526
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"Great recipe--can't wait to make it for company. If you check the recipe again, you'll see that it is lowfat, low calorie, etc."

KeriM User ID: 5351487 143004
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"I thought this did not taste right, and had to alter the meat sauce considerably, which helped a lot. Also, the instructions for assembly do not work. There are just not enough ingredients to do 3 layers of each. I also ended up saving all of the mozza for the top and it still wasn't enough."

Blondean User ID: 2713530 165628
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"very good"

xizziz User ID: 6342972 178084
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"I use this recipe but use sweet Italian sausage (not turkey), leave out the ground beef, leave out the onion, use tomato paste and a can of spaghetti sauce, lots of garlic and onion powder, basil ricotta cheese, leave out the diced tomatoes, add sugar to taste, leave out the fennel seed and pepper, no egg (yuk), no parsley and no salt. With the changes I rate this 5 stars."

patientgirl User ID: 4282943 110519
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"I substituted egg noodles and used no fennel seed. Egg noodles make it lighter. It was delicious."

kerly87 User ID: 244069 110518
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"I make this recipe quite often, but I make it a bit healthier. (ie, wheat lasagna noodles, Italian flavored ground turkey, splenda, lowfat cheeses. It is delicious!!! It also freezes well. I line 2 9x9 pans with foil, make this, then freeze. When I am ready for it, I can pop it back in a pan and cook."

denashaw User ID: 2366639 178115
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

"My kids love this recipe and often ask for it for their birthday dinner!"

egale10 User ID: 1004680 97508
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"I have made this recipe several times. It is easy and very very good. I don't use fennel seed, (Don't have any) but I won't make any other lasagna after I had this."

JennKurth User ID: 3033232 103982
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"I used extra lean hamburger meat jarred spaghetti sauce and oven ready lasagna noddles .. Love this and so will the girls at work !!!"

JennKurth User ID: 3033232 177192
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"I did use tomato sauce instead of crushed tomatoes and I use a pound of extra lean Hamburger meat along with the sausage. I also used the oven ready lasagna noodles .. I made this for the girls at work .. Their going to love it I do !!"

shrashra User ID: 5380504 179152
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"Lasagna is awesome but NOT budget friendly. The minute you buy Ricotta & the meat you have already hit your $5 mark and you haven't even bought the other cheese, basil, sauce, egg etc! Not sure why it was classified as budget friendly."

egale10 User ID: 1004680 110515
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"I have made this recipe several times, froze it to take on a camping trip, and everytime it was the best I have ever made. It is so easy. I have never used fennel seed because I don't have any and it is still yummy."

smskrzypek User ID: 4537633 179151
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"This is a great lasagna recipe! I don't cook the noodles in advance, I just put them in uncooked and add little bit of water. Also, I think it' s easiest to spread the ricotta mixture on the noodles, then spoon the sauce over that, then sprinkle the cheese. Give this recipe a try, you'll love it!"

crysmitchell User ID: 5044355 111140
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"Everyone loved this lasagna. Maybe the person who thought it was dry only used 14 oz tomatoes, rather than 28 oz?"

Bchindt User ID: 5439052 163793
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"Was so excited to make this lasagna! Looked great in the picture....followed the recipe to the "T" and it was HORRIBLY DRY! We all ate it, but definitely need to do something about the dryness of it!"

lschilz User ID: 1532901 160525
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"First time making this! Was easy and enjoyed the Italian Turkey Sausage (had a choice of original, sweet or hot and I used sweet)! Definitely will make again."

Kensmoma User ID: 1059460 165626
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2010

"This was a great lasagna!"

lindachicken__Oklahoma User ID: 227696 110513
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2010

"My daughter makes this and it's GREAT, thank you for sharing!"

debinstl User ID: 2394240 111139
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

"This was good except we're not huge sausage in the lasagna fans. Thought it might taste differently with the Italian sausage. This reminds of a restaurant lasagna and it was good but my kids wouldn't eat it. Will try next time making it with all hamburger or turkey."

hollyce24 User ID: 2447428 118952
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

"My family and guests LOVE this recipe!"

pohl1959 User ID: 2888433 97507
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"How ironic! I just found this recipe on the Taste of Home website on Saturday, and made it for dinner on Saturday night, and here it is as a featured recipe! Anyway, it was delicious and is probably one of the best lasagna dishes I have ever made!"

cathy.dean User ID: 1467714 177190
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"I have been looking for a REALLY good Lasagna recipe for years and this is it. This is healthy...and I did use low fat cottage cheese instead of the ricotta and ground turkey instead of the beef....and it was amazing! Just the right balance between firm and moist. I have made this at least 10 since I found this recipe and given it to many others to try. It is now my go to lasagna recipe!"

cindyk5 User ID: 4009167 163791
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2010

"This is a wonderful recipe for Lasagna. It is now the only one I make."

jordie89 User ID: 1323364 210440
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2010

"I didn't follow all of the recipe, but I did use this recipe for the sauce in my lasagna. I LOVED it!"

krislix User ID: 1426702 143003
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"We loved this recipe. I am super picky, but both my husband and I thought this was wonderful. Will definitely be making this again."

trina_h User ID: 2089767 210439
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"I've made this 3x now!The 3rd time I added a can of tomato sauce as hubby wants it more runny,it turned out much much better!Although it takes a lot of work to make it, it's worth and and it's a yummy healthy recipe!"

jlee6300 User ID: 4203186 178085
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"My rating was suppose to be 5 stars. I'm not sure why it came up only 4. Sorry about that."

jlee6300 User ID: 4203186 143001
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"I made this recipe for the first time for some friends and it was so good everyone was raving. Lasagna is one of my husband's favorite foods but we try to eat healthy and I am always looking for ways to make dishes better for us. This recipe fit both those needs. Everytime I make it my husband can't stop talking about how good it is. This is now my primary go to lasagna dish when having company or when we just want some yummy comfort food."

salles User ID: 1466146 111133
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2009

"Best Lasagna I have ever made. Lots of dirty dishes, yes....but so worth it. I also will make it again & again. I shared this with many friends & samples too!!!"

gaforrest User ID: 1932801 95182
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2009

"This was VERY good, but I swear I used every bowl I had and made a huge mess. Not the easiest or quickest recipe, but it was SO worth the trouble."

alissala User ID: 3201577 103981
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2009

"This Lasagna is fabulous! It bakes nice and firm, not runny like some can be. I'll definitely make this again."

MY REVIEW User ID: 2058167 143000
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2009

"Yes, I put onions through my food processor until they are the consistency of applesauce, then add them to my recipes. I have a son who is very texture sensitive and cannot handle the consistency of onions, although he likes the flavor. You can usually use fewer onions as well as they stretch much further when processed this way."

Edil User ID: 1732465 165625
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2008

"I have to confes something terrible I hate onions ,can they be pulverised in the osterizer and then aded to watever you ade cooking."

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