Make-Ahead Lasagna Recipe
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Make-Ahead Lasagna Recipe

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“This is an old standby when time’s limited and guests are expected for dinner. It’s a combination of several easy lasagna recipes I have tried over the years.” —Mary Grimm, Williamsburg, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Hot Italian Sausage Links
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 no-cook lasagna noodles
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 405 calories, 21 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 113 mg cholesterol, 636 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in pizza and marinara sauces. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta, Parmesan, parsley and pepper.
  2. Spread 1 cup meat sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with four noodles, half of the cheese mixture, 1 cup meat sauce and 1 cup mozzarella. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles, meat sauce and mozzarella. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, covered, at 375° for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Make-Ahead Lasagna in Simple & Delicious December/January 2011, p78

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 405 calories, 21 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 113 mg cholesterol, 636 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

"This is one of the best and easiest lasagna recipes I have found. Rather than the pizza sauce and Marinara sauce I used the same amount of bottled spaghetti sauce. I doctor my sauce up with garlic and italian herbs to my taste. It is so great because you prepare it a day ahead of time. Truly a great dish for company or to take pot luck!"

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"This is great to make ahead and have ready to bake the next day. It definitely is spicier than others because of the hot Italian sausage; next time I might go with the mild...especially when serving it to my daughter. But when I think of lasagna, this is it!"

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"I loved this recipe. Having the lasagna sit overnight before baking really helps the flavors meld together for a delicious dish!"

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Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"very good basic recipe. Family loved it."

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