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Mom's Lasagna Recipe

Mom's Lasagna Recipe

We can hardly wait to dig into this cheesy, meaty lasagna. It smells great when baking and tastes even better! Watching Mom carefully make this wonderful main dish and hearing the raves she gets inspired me to learn to cook. -Gina Squires, Salem, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 3-1/2 hours Bake: 65 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a large kettle or Dutch oven, cook beef, sausage and onion until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain. Stir in the next 10 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Meanwhile, cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, layer a third of the noodles and meat sauce, half of the cottage cheese, a third of the mozzarella and a third of the Parmesan. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles, meat sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan.
  • 3. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes; uncover and bake for 20 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 335 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 682mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein.

Reviews for Mom's Lasagna

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mom2lauren User ID: 7407229 254357
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2016

"I'm a volunteer Field Editor. This is my go-to lasagna recipe. It bakes up really well and the sauce is great. It cuts well and isn't all soupy like I find some recipes to be. The slices hold their shape."

az_jill User ID: 5181702 252463
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"It's been a while since I've made this recipe but I LOVE it and am going to give it a whirl... again....finally... next week. I'll never try another lasagna recipe!! Thanks Gina!"

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 225586
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2015

"This is very good, but I add a cup of canned diced Italian seasoned tomatoes instead of salsa and omit the chili powder."

DonnaJLuna User ID: 7785898 218174
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"Love this for a homemade sauce. Sometimes I make lasagna but often use it for other things. It is a family favorite!"

katie2375 User ID: 7932133 218074
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"Very good, but I omitted the salsa."

cmkarkos User ID: 1066760 3600
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"Did not care for this recipe. Family asked me not to make it again."

Angela241 User ID: 7616397 9751
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2014

"I love this lasagna. I make it all the time for family dinners and everyone raves about it. The only thing I do different is I cook the sauce in the slowcooker on high for 3 hours. I like to be able to leave the house while it's cooking."

shellabe1974 User ID: 7201706 6944
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"This recipe was okay. It tasted like a chili lasagna."

shellabe1974 User ID: 7201706 200613
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"This recipe was ok. It tasted like a chili lasagna."

MCHDVM User ID: 7129789 17666
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"Delicious lasagna"

juicyfruit007 User ID: 1404522 10375
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

"This was great. It will be my go-to lasagna recipe."

Jay25 User ID: 4356985 10369
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"This was so amazing. I added chopped peppers (green, yellow and orange). Soooo filling. My husband loved it."

mom2twnz User ID: 6486020 10705
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"This is by far the best lasagna recipe I have ever made. I have been making it ever since it first came out in Taste of Home. The only change I made was I use ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese. I have taken it to Potlucks, used it at family gatherings and it always gets the same results lots of compliments and always a empty dish!!! Thanks for this great recipe."

scqfishinggirl User ID: 5870118 17658
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"OH MY GOODNESS!! This is the best lasagna I've ever tasted! I changed it a little since my family likes it very meaty. I doubled the groud beef and Italian sausage. The recipe didn't specify, but I used the sweet variety of sausage. I also used 3 teaspons of oregano and 3 of basil. I substituted 16 ounces of Monteray Jack cheese for the cottage cheese. Since the extra meat made it start off with less liquid, I simmered it like the recipe said for 2 hours then covered it and simmered it another 2 hours. I though chili powder and salsa were strange ingredients, but as well as it turned out, I can't argue about them. I'll DEFINITELY be making this again."

dkheath User ID: 5337781 17642
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"Best lasagna I have ever made!"

Mellerfly User ID: 1555291 10368
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"I love this recipe. I substitute ricotta for half of the cottage cheese, however."

Summy User ID: 1386846 3599
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2008

"I love this recipe, and have made it many times. Everyone says it's the best lasagna they have ever eaten. It's good and saucy, just the way I like it."

clumit User ID: 2709722 19481
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2007

"My family enjoys this dish often. I cook the sauce about an hour though instead of 3. It is absolutely delicious!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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