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Traditional Lasagna Recipe

Traditional Lasagna Recipe

My family first tasted this rich, classic lasagna at a friend's home on Christmas Eve. We were so impressed that it became our own holiday tradition as well. I also prepare it other times of the year. It's requested often by my sister's Italian in-laws—I consider that the highest compliment! —Lorri Foockle, Granville, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. plus simmering Bake: 70 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 cups (24 ounces) 4% small-curd cottage cheese
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic, sugar, seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine eggs and parsley. Stir in the cottage cheese, ricotta and Parmesan cheese.
  • 3. Spread 1 cup of meat sauce in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with three noodles, provolone cheese, 2 cups cottage cheese mixture, 1 cup mozzarella, three noodles, 2 cups meat sauce, remaining cottage cheese mixture and 1 cup mozzarella. Top with the remaining noodles, meat sauce and mozzarella (dish will be full).
  • 4. Cover and bake at 375° for 50 minutes. Uncover; bake 20 minutes longer or until heated through. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 493 calories, 27 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 143 mg cholesterol, 1,144 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 35 g protein.

Reviews for Traditional Lasagna

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2016

"Always a hit with this recipe. It also freezes well."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"I've made this lasagna several times now. Love it! Last night I served it to my dinner guests, and even the person who said he HATED lasagna ate a great big helping. This really does make a lot, so I suggest that you use a nice deep lasagna pan. I made some simple additions to suit our tastes: a half cup of diced onions sauteed with the meat, a 10 ounce jar of sliced mushrooms (drained), and I increased the sausage to one pound. I also increased the tomato sauce to 30 ounces. Extra mozzarella on every layer. Perfecto! Helpful hints: Add the top layer of cheese after you uncover the lasagna so it doesn't stick to the foil. And in response to several questions about the sausage, recommendations are to use ground Italian sausage, NOT pork breakfast sausage or sausage links. I made the mistake of using pork breakfast sausage the first time I made this and the taste totally overwhelmed it. Yikes"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"I absolutely Love it!!!! Ive made this the first time with beef and mild italian sausage, this time i used ground turkey and mild italian sausage i actuallu think i liked it better this time(and i normally Hate ground turkey) I did tweek it though. Instead of mozzarella and provolone I use a 5 or 6 cheese Italian blend. I also use sharp, Jack and Colby. I use 15 ounces of ricotta and two eggs instead of three. Today I added a little chicken broth to loosen it up a bit. It wasn't soupy!!!! The seasonings I changed up a bit too, in addition to Italian I used a complete sazon seasoning, and adobo. CLassico traditional sause and diced tomatoes with oregano and Basil. I Sauteed garlic and shallots. I love love love the cottage cheese, it gives the ricotta a little kick. I must now use that cheese mixture in some homemade ravioli!!!!!! Yummmm"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2016

"Okay so I substituted garlic for the powder. And also the beef for ground turkey and instead of spicy sausage I used mild and it was great well the meat sauce. I have my lasagna in the ovenext right now but I'm sure it'll be great. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

"Very good Lasagna, I used ground turkey instead of hamburger and could not tell the difference. I missed the ricotta cheese but the recipe was quite good without it. My 9x13 pan was full without the ricotta. I also had 2 cups of extra sauce left over."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"This lasagna is really yummy, I substituted spicy Italian sausage and a bottle of garlic meat tomato sauce instead of plain tomato sauce. As well as Italian flavored tomato paste since I dont have Italian seasoning. One thing that I blundered on was the garlic. Ive never cooked with garlic before so I accidently put 2 whole garlic bulbs instead of 2 cloves so it was very garlicy. Still yummy though and would be 10x better with the recipe amount. Im on my mobile and the star selection is acting up so in case it doesnt say this- 5 stars for this lasagna!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"Made this for my son's soccer team, and again for a dinner party with my husband's work colleagues, and both times I received rave reviews for this dish. Even my picky 9-year old loved this lasagna. This will be my go-to recipe for lasagna!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"This is the best lasagna I have ever eaten. It took a little time to put together but it was worth every minute to assemble"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"This recipe is very good added a few ingredients to this recipe, I added 1/4 cup of fried fennel, 1/2 cup of caramelized onion, a pound if fried muhrooms and some extra virgin Olive oil and 2 14 oz cans of fire roasted dice tomatoes, I only used one small can of tomato paste

Turned out excellent with a very zesty taste to the sauce -----YUM"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"I made this for my husband's birthday, and the family loved it. My sons-in-law wanted seconds and some to take home. I made two recipes worth so that I could do that. I'm thankful that the note said that the pan would be "full"; I was concerned, but it fit and there was no boil over. I especially enjoyed the layer of provolone cheese; that was something I had not seen in any other recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"This recipe is very similar to one called "My Famous Cheesy, Heavy-duty Lasagna". The one difference is the meat. I used 1 1/2 lbs. ground chuck and 1/4 lb. bulk Italian pork sausage with 1/2 diced onion added to the meats then drained off the grease. I also used 3-16oz cans Hunts tomato sauce and 1 6oz. can tomato paste. I used 2 tsp. of Italian seasoning and 1/2 tsp. salt. For the cheese I used a 16 oz. block of mozzarella-shredded by hand instead of the 12 oz. in the recipe. I also added a pkg. of Kraft Italian 5-cheese finely grated to the top when it is uncovered. I baked at 350 degrees for 60 minutes, then uncovered and baked 15 minutes more with the added cheese. This is a very good lasagna recipe, but be sure to bake in a lasagna pan as it does not fit into a 13 X 9 pan!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"My husband made this Lasagna last night and it was SO delicious and by far the best lasagna we have ever eaten - other recipes don't even come close! We have 3 young children who all raved over it and our daughter even brought some to school in her thermos for lunch. It made plenty for a family of 5 - still have a few pieces left over but they won't make it till the end of the day! My husband ate 3 pieces for dinner on his own! Grab some Italian bread and make this recipe - you'll be so happy you did! 10 YUMMY STARS!!!! :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"I am a terrible cook and I found this to be easy and delicious! I would definitely recommend it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"Best I ever made or ate."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"Made it for Canada Day - my guests loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"I had doubts that this was going to turn out because the sauce ended up very thick. It was almost like a paste, and I wasn't even able to simmer it for the whole hour because I was afraid it was going to burn. However, the lasagna still tasted excellent even with the very thick sauce. I think the next time, I will maybe use a can of diced tomatoes in place of one of the cans of sauce. Also, I would wait to add the last layer of mozzarella cheese until after you uncover it, because most of the top layer of cheese ended up on the foil when I removed it. I also used the no-cook noodles for this, and they came out great!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2015

"This is the best lasagna I have ever had! I use the no cook noodles and it's great !"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2015

"I hadn't made lasagna in a very long time so I decided to look up a recipe. I tried this one and it came out excellent. Based on the other reviews, I did add 2 lbs of meat (I used ground turkey instead of beef) instead of 1lb. and therefore used twice the amount of tomato sauce to compensate for the extra meat. I also used a deeper pan and made 3 layers instead of two. Everyone thought it was delicious and I will definitely make it again. Thanks!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2015

"I've been making this recipe for years & i always get request for the recipe. I found a cheese maker that makes extra sharp provolone cheese.If you can find it it's well worth using in this recipe. It gives it sharper bite & tang you don't get with regular provolone"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2015

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2015

"Best ever! Pauline, Nova Scotia"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2015

"Made this for my date this weekend and it was amazing. He doesn't eat red meat so I replaced the ground beef with Morning Star Crumbles and replaced the pork sausage with Morningstar Farms Original Sausage. Bought all Horizon cheeses and made it completely 'humane' (animals used in recipe were organically fed, free range, and humanely slaughtered). It was delicious!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"EX !!!!!."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 17, 2015

"YUM! Perfect recipe! Thank you! This was my first lasanga attempt! Your recipe was flawless!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2015

"Best lasagna ever!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

"This is hands down, the best lasagna I've ever tried. My family is crazy about it. Wonderful recipe!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2015

"Made this for the first time tonight and loved it with a few changes. Made the meat my own way; adding onions, peppers and garlic to the meat and sausage mix and instead of tomato sauce and paste, I used a large jar of my favorite spaghetti sauce, which cut down the prep time. The rest I followed exactly. I let it rest for about 1 hour, before cutting into it and just reheated pieces in the microwave. This was a real hit at my home and I had plenty left over for the next day. Definitely will be making this again and may try adding hard boiled eggs to the meat this time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2015

"This lasagna was awesome if you are a cheese lover this is the recipe for you. I added chopped onion and mushrooms in and let them saute with the meat because I like more than just meat in my sauce and the flavor was to die for! Hands down best lasagna I have ever made:)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2015

"I've made at least 50 different versions of lasagna, this is hands down, the best by far. I followed the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015

"Yummy!!! My family requests this at least once a month if not twice. Love it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2015

"This is by far the best lasagna I have ever made, and quite possibly the best I've ever eaten (restaurants included!) One thing I really like about the recipe is the step-by-step layering directions. They make it very easy to put this delicious dish together!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Horrible recipe. I am actually quite surprised it turned out so horribly. I spent $30 on all the ingredients and almost knew it would turn out amazing due to all the great reviews and five star rating. There was not nearly enough sauce to call it lasagna. The flavors were way too strong and the pork sausage was the wrong choice. There was also not enough lasagna noodles in this recipe. So many things I didn't like about this dish. What a waste of food and time. Don't waste your time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"This is absolutely delicious. Only change I did was use half cottage cheese and half ricotta of the total 32 ounces of both."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"wonderful lasagna, I too used oven ready lasagna perfect!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO COOK THE LASAGNA NOODLES ! THEY TURN OUT JUST FINE...."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"This was easy to make and SO good.....it's a keeper !"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"I must say, I was surprised how well this turned out. Every lasagna recipe I've ever tried always came out on the flavorless side, but this recipe did not. Everyone was surprised that there was cottage cheese in the lasagna, which I feel helps the taste. Granted, I had to adjust the ingredients a little since a person in my family has sensitivities to what is in Italian seasoning, but a pepper and onion sausage and a little extra salt and sugar did the trick with the sauce.

Definitely a keeper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"Oh my gosh, is this good! Love the layer of provolone! And this is the first time I made lasagna with both cottage and ricotta cheese. I added a little more ricotta than the recipe calls for, and it turned out sooooooo good! This is my new lasagna recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"There were 8 of us for dinner and we finished the entire pan! DH asked if we could make it again in January. We used sweet italian sausage, a 29 oz can of tomato sauce, and an additional 15 oz can of diced tomatoes. We did have some sauce that wouldn't fit in the pan, however, so the extra sauce and tomatoes were probably not necessary. We'll probably do it as written next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"My picky husband rated this an 8 out of 10, and this says a lot! Based on the reviews, I added a can of diced tomatoes with its juice; it was perfect!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"This was fantastic! I didnt add any salt, but other than that, I didn't change a thing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"Super salty. Next time I will not add the salt the recipe calls for and I'll also use "no salt added" tomato sauce and paste. I think minus the over salty taste this would be really good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"It's still in the oven, but am I the only one who thought there wasn't enough meat mixture in one cup to cover the bottom of the 9x13 baking dish?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"I liked this recipe and would have given it a 5-star rating, but the meat sauce was too dry. I added a cup of beef broth during the last half hour and it was fine."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2014

"THE best lasagna I've ever made or eaten! A perfect 10 from the whole family :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"I've been making lasagna for over 40 years for my family, but decided to update the taste and ran across this recipe in Taste of Home a couple years ago. I use this recipe exclusively now. It's very meaty with the beef and pork and that is the best combination. The seasoning and combination of cheeses is perfect. I had my doubts about the use of cottage cheese, but it cooks down so there are no curds and keeps the lasagna from drying out. I made this a number of times and it comes out perfect every time. I call that foolproof!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"My husband and I really loved this lasagna. The only change I will make is to cut down on the cheese."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

"I usually go with jar sauce to save time, but wanted to make an extra special dinner for family staying with me. This recipe was awesome, so good, they could not stop bragging. Thank you Taste of Home!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2014 Edited Aug. 30, 2014

"Made this for dinner last night; I must say one of the Best lasagna I have ever had or made. Followed the recipe, with few changes; added 2/3 cup red wine to the sauce to make it a little more saucier and used no cook lasagna noodles. The second time I made it, had my in laws visiting so made it the day before and took it out of the fridge 4 hours before baking, still as AWESOME as the first time & using the no cook lasagna noodles. This is a keeper in my recipe book.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with all of us.
Ferryal"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2014

"Made this for dinner tonight.... It was awesome!!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 29, 2014

"I have a question do you remove the skins from the sausages or cook them whole or cut up"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 13, 2014

"Loved it! My boyfriend said it was the best lasagna he's ever had and that's saying something!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

"I've made this delicious recipe before and am going to try making five trays of it this weekend for a big gathering. This time I'm going to try oven-ready lasagna noodles to save time. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will work. Has anyone else tried these noodles?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"My family loved this lasagna! So so so good!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"Best lasagna in the world!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"I just followed the recipe as given and it was a big hit. I might try a little more of the meat sauce next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

"Perfect."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"I used 2 lbs of hamburger, 1 lb of Italian sausage and added an additional 15 oz. of tomato sauce. My family loved it, in fact my husband said this is the best dish ever! Will definitely make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"I am coming back online again to get this recipe. I have tried other recipes over the years but always come back to this one when I am having company and want my lasagna to taste just right!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"Just began creating this dish, I've never made lasagna by myself before so I'm hoping my dad and younger sisters enjoy this for dinner tonight! (Did not have cottage cheese so I doubled up on ricotta... Also did not have provolone :( hopefully it's still good!)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"I too have tried for years to get the perfect lasagna. I found this one last winter and have been making it exactly as it says since. I printed it off and laminated it. I have been asked many times to share it. I always have some in the freezer now. It is so easy to freeze. I wait until the next day and cut it to portion sizes and wrap them individual in saran and then place them in a ziplock bag in freezer. I often share these portions with seniors and shut-ins."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"The ricotta cheese is what makes this dish so fantastic. I love to add additional shredded cheese, however, on the top! Delicious. This also freezes well."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"I first tried this recipe from my Taste of Home cookbook a few years back. It has become a family favorite!! It really is easy to make and has such great flavor. I make it a few times during the year. especially during the cold winter months. I've also tried it with jar sauce but It's just not the same I've also used my own homemade sauce from cooking down tomatoes which is to die for!!! I loaned my cookbook to my SIL and have not gotten it back yet so I'm so glad it's included in the online recipes. My husband has been craving "the best lasagna ever" as he calls it. he's so right. definitely a 5 star recipe"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"After 44 years of trying to make my husband happy with lasagna, I finally nailed it. I didnt make the sauce sunce Prego is our favorite ( I have made many home made sauces in my cooking career) and we always go back to Prego. It saves time in the kitchen. I used Asiago-Parmesan instead of just Pamesan. EXCELLENT"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"I added some V-8 juice as needed to thin the sauce while it simmered for the hour. I added onion, green pepper, fresh mushrooms, bay leaf, extra garlic, and Italian seasoning. And towards the end of the hour, some fresh basil.To the layers I added one of fresh spinach. I am SO glad I found this recipe! I have made it twice, once with beef and sausage, and once with beef and plain ground pork. Both were awesome! Thank you for this recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"I made this for New Year's Day dinner and it was a hit! This will be my go to recipe for lasagna. I had Italian sausage so used that instead of the pork sausage and it turned out great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"Easy to fix. The sauce had good flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"AWESOME. Quick and easy and very filling. The taste is what made my family a lasagna lover."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"I first made this recipe for a New Year's Day gathering of family & friends in 2010, & it was a hit with everyone! I substituted 4 cups of Ragu Traditional Spaghetti Sauce for the tomato sauce mixture in order to save time. I also occasionally substitute sliced or bulk pepperoni for the bulk pork sausage. We enjoy the variety of cheeses; I'd never seen that before. It's a favorite!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"I made this yesterday because my in-laws were coming, and everyone liked it a lot! I didn't change anything, except I used dried parsley instead of fresh (didn't have fresh). A definite keeper! Even my extremely picky 12-year-old cleaned her plate!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"This was a truly delicious lasagna. I used hot Italian sausage because my family likes a bit of kick in their meals, but there is really nothing I would change about this recipe. It is definitely a keeper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"I am still in the process of making this so my star rating is not really fair. However, I am confused. I went out yesterday and carefully selected all of the ingredients. If you look at the ingredients list there is no mention of provolone; then when you get to step 3 you are supposed to layer with provolone. Provolone is similar to mozzarella, but the instructions call for provolone AND mozzarella. Note the recipe also calls for 1/2 c of Parmesan cheese. No where in the instructions is that ingredient mentioned. Finally, the sauce is to be simmered for one hour. Unless you want it burned, don't plan on that. It is very thick and I had to stop with nine minutes to go. Obviously this recipe was not kitchen-tested."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"the best"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

"Best Lasagna Recipe that I have found."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"By FAR the best lasagna I've ever eaten. The whole family loved it. Takes some time to make, but so worth it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"Yep - as good as everyone says."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"Wow--delicious! Made it for a party everyone loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"Awesome recipe. It is the only one I use now."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"This was a great recipe!! It was easy to make and came out soooo good! Everyone loved it. Next time, I'll use hot sausage instead of sweet. The sauce was tasty and it was the perfect amount of ricotta. Definitely let the sauce cook for an hour or more; it makes a huge difference."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"The very best! I used 1 1/2 # ground beef and 1/2 # sausage. Also added 1/2 c water and used 1/2 t garlic powder instead of cloves (not a garlic fan). No changes necessary...just my taste. My dinner guests agreed it's the best ever!!! Once cut, it stays in layers nicely, too."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"Excellent! I cut out the sausage and used all ground beef. This turned out perfect!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"Excellent recipe and easy to make. Shared it with 3 friends and they were amazed and said "This is what I call a real lasagna recipe". Of course I will continue making it. Thumbs up!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"Great Lasagna! I used home made noodles for this dish. Super flavor and not difficult to prepare. Will definitely have again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"I have not made this recipe but it sounds like a great way to make the cottage cheese mix in the lasagna. 5 stars for creativity. I can not wait to make it for my family."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"It is everything I want in a lasagna. Everyone in my family loves it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"Sooo yummy... The sausage made for a wonderful flavor and I love how the sauce is simmered for an hour to get it nice and thick. A lot of lasagna turns out wet and runny. This one is perfect! Even my insanely picky husband liked it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"I really enjoyed this recipe. I felt that that the combination of ingrediants were great, however, I was not happy with the sauce itself. I felt it was a little overwhelming and I am interested in other people's comments and suggestions about the sauce. I just felt it was a little too thick and too overpowering."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"I made this for Christmas dinner & got so many compliments! The only change I made was I used 1 pound of Italian sausage & 1/2 pound of ground beef. So yummy! The leftovers didn't last long! You can't fail with this recipe. I made it the day before & let the flavors mingle overnight. Then baked it the next day."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"This was absolutely delicious! I added a touch of fine grated cheddar cheese with the mozzarella and used italian sausage. Served this dish for Christmas as everyone was tired of ham and turkey. My kids said this will be the new Christmas tradition at our house!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"This is my go-to recipe. I've been making it for years, and it's even my in-law family's favorite (and they are Sicilian Italian!). I usually do the beef/sausage combo, but I prefer just beef. I always try to use all fresh ingredients, including fresh mozzerella! Sometimes I will make it with just ricotta, but it's great both ways!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

"I made this tonight for my family. My kids just loved it! I had to make it Gluten Free with the no boil Gluten Free noodles. I think next time I will only use ground beef though. Other than that, this is a great recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"My go to lasagna dish. So good. No one has disliked it. Had to use all beef for some who can not eat pork and added saute onions."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"I have been making this recipe since it first came out in Taste of Home over a decade ago. The only changes I've made over the years is to use a mix of hot & sweet Italian sausage, plus I add about 1/4 jar prepared sauce to thin sauce just a bit. On occasion when I have extra fresh basil, I'll add with parsley to cheese/egg mixture. I always receive rave compliments with this dish. PS I make a double batch and freeze one for the future. No better recipe!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"Best lasagna recipe I have found. I will definitely make this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2012

"This recipe is delicious! My whole family loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2012

"Hello Lorri, thank you so much for such a wonderful, flavorful, and tasty lasagna. This is the best recipe. It's so good that I decided to make it for 150 people for my husbands "customer appreciation night". WOW, what was I thinking, Ha! The lasagna was a big hit but, I learned my lesson- if I don't have a double oven (which I don't) and have a couple of friends to help me I'll never attempt it again. I ended up making 8 pans, whew! But it was all good, thanks again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012

"Excellent! I used itaillan sausage and 50/50 ratio of cottage & ricotta. Everybody Loves!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

"This recipe is by far the best lasagna I've eatten, and I'm not much of a lasagna person. I made the recipe as-is the first time, and the second time, I tweaked it for a healthier version (no meat, so no simmering of the sauce ahead of time, reduced-fat ricotta cheese, reduced fat provolone, and a mix of 2% mozzarella and regular shredded mozzarella). It still tasted fantastic! Definitely making this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"I add a few more seasonings, but this is excellent!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 3, 2012

"I'm making it right now :D"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"The BEST lasagna I have ever had! I did use italian sausage instead of plain, but that was the only change I made. So good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"This is my second rating of this recipe. This time, I left out the sausage and only used hamburger meat. I loved it this way and got many great comments too. I would have increased my star rating from 3 to 5 but website won't let me change my rating"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"My husband loved this recipe. I have never used provolone in lasagna before. It was great. We have tried adding torn spinach as one of the layers, comes out great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"I used all ground beef instead of part pork sausage...and we loved it. Seems I've been a short order cook around here with picky requests from kids, but my seven and four year old oohed and ahhed over something this amazing. Made a batch for my in-laws who believed this was the best lasagna they've tasted. Completely worth the effort and extra time to put together. Will be making this again soon. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"I loved this recipe, I think it may be my "go to" lasagna recipe from now on. I used 1 pound of pork sausage, dried parsley, and only simmered the pasta sauce for 30 minutes. I recommend using a lasagna pan for this recipe, as the 9x13 is too small."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2012

"Everyone in my family loved this recipe!This is a keeper!"

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Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

"This is VERY good! The only tweak I made, was to add minced onions and a bay leaf to the meat sauce. Perfection!"

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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"We LOVED this recipe. It turned out beautiful. The only thing I did different was I didn't simmer the sauce for 60min instead I simmered it for 30min. Also during the browning process I only did it for 15min instead of 20. I'm planning on making this for my parents this weekend. Thanks so much for the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"Simply delicious! Everyone loved it!"

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"I had not made lasagna in a while and saw this recipe. I am so glad I did! It's easy and heartily delicious! I will definitely make this again."

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"Everyone in my family loves this recipe; my mom even asked me for a copy because she likes it better than her's!"

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"I followed recipe exactly and it was very good, but I definitely will cut back on the garlic next time."

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"This is my family's tradition now. I make this every Christmas eve, and everybody enjoys it. I do not think it is difficult to make or time consuming."

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"It requires a bit of work, but totally worth it!"

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Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"Made this for the family. Everyone raved about it. I followed the recipe exactly. Very good"

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Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"Just tried this the other night. Unbelievably good. Everyone loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"This has been my go to lasagna recipe since I discovered it in Taste of Home years ago. I also use the sauce recipe for pasta."

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"This was fun to make and delicious."

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"I have been making this recipe since it was first published eleven years ago. People always enjoy it. Even my Italian mother-in-law likes it! Very easy recipe too. Highly recommend!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"Awesome lasagna that makes even better leftovers! Well worth the time & effort!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"Three people in my family found this recipe at around the same time. The entire family agrees that this is the best lasagna recipe available. I don't know that it would be considered a traditional lasagna by Italian standards but we do not care it is our favorite. Easy to prepare and has the best of all lasagna recipes included in the ingredients! I tend to add my own touches to recipes as I make them, but not with this one;no "improvements" needed."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I love this lasagna!!! Just LOVE it! So does everyone else in my family."

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Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"I have made this lasagna for years. No other lasagna compares to this one. I follow the recipe to the letter every time and it turns out perfectly every time."

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Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"I have made this lasagna several times and always get great reviews. I use venison meat instead of beef! Simply because it is what we have on hand."

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Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"SO DELICIOUS!!! No other lasagna even comes close to this one."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"I have made this several times and always get tons of compliments. Sauce is delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"The very best"

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Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"One word.... Delicious"

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Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"Absolutely wonderful!!"

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Reviewed Sep. 9, 2011

"Good like it is. I'm leaving this one alone!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2011

"Deliciously cheesy."

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Reviewed Aug. 6, 2011

"Best lasagna I've ever made. My fiance always tells me all my other lasagna recipes have been bland, but he loved this one. Gonna make it again this week!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 12, 2011

"We LOVE this lasagna. We do all beef since we're not big sausage fans. It's so delicious and has ruined us to other lasagna's."

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Reviewed May. 11, 2011

"I have made this lasagne many times.It is wonderful but not everyone likes sausage.I replaced the sausage with ground pork and it was excellent."

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Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"Made this for my neighbors and they swore it was the best lasagna that they have ever had."

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Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"Before trying this recipe, I have always made the same family recipe I had watched my parents make for years. I never have liked many other recipes....well, I saw how popular this recipe is here, so I tried it. AMAZINGLY GOOD!! I am afraid to tell my parents for fear of hurting their feelings! The only thing I did differently (because of lack of exact ingredients) was to substitute pizza sauce for the tomato sauce and replaced the italian seasoning with a mixture of basil and oregano. It was the best lasagna I have ever eaten. I will probably cut back on the sauce a bit next time. This lasagna is everything everyone says it is. Perfecto!"

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Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"This is my second rating of this recipe. This time, I left out the sausage and only used hamburger meat. I loved it this way and got many great comments too. I would have increased my star rating from 3 to 5 but website won't let me change my rating"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"The meat sauce ended up very thick but still delicious! I left out the provolone and used dried parsley instead of fresh. Also, I used an aluminum lasagna pan so overflow wasn't a problem."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2011

"The prep time on this dish was a little more than I expected (I will admit that I didn't read the recipe closely at first), but the lasagna was worth the wait! It's a mild flavored dish, sure not to offend anyone. We enjoyed it, but I'll probably add spinach and mushrooms next time to add a little more interest. All in all, it's definitely something I'd serve to the in-laws. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2011

"WOW! This will be my Lasagna recipe that I will always use! So GOOD!"

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Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"This was a HUGE hit. This is the best lasagna recipe."

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Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"I absolutely LOVE this recipe!!! It's soooo filling and delicious that it is also a hit when I make this for parties or dinner! Definitely worth the time to put this all together for my friends and family!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"Best lasagna I have ever made."

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"Love it, love it, and love it. I took this Lasagna to a pot luck and it was the hit of the night. I didn't change a thing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"i love lasagne!"

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Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"The is the best lasagne recipe ever. I had my Family over and wanted to try a new recipe that would feed a large group. Lots of compliments and asking where I got the recipe. Really easy but kind of long process to make. Followed the recipe exactly as written. Will definately make this one again,soon."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"This was the lasgna recipe that I have been looking for!! Great flavor and cheesy! This recipe is a winner (yes it is a blue ribbon contest winnter!!)"

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Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"this is a family favorite! I don't like chunks of tomatoes so this is a winner! Sometimes I add pepperoni as well."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"This is a fantastic lasagna. I used a foil pan so it wouldn't spill on the way to my in-laws. It did not dry out at all. I would make this again."

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Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"This was the best Lasagna I have ever made. It was wonderful. I had family over for dinner and they loved it."

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"My boyfriend always orders lasagna from the Olive Garden. This recipe was a big hit with him -- he thought it was better than the Olive Garden. Very delicious!"

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Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"Delicious! This recipe is great and easy. The only thing I had to change was the cooking time. Since I made it earlier in the day, it had been in the refrigerator so I took longer than the 50 minutes to cook. So just make sure you adjust your cooking time, if needed. But a really delicious recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"GREAT LASAGNA!! One of the best..If not the best.."

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"This is an excellent recipe. This is also the first SUCCESSFUL lasagna recipe that I have made. My guy absolutely LOVED it. The only thing I did was double the sauce and the amount of mozarella. There was plenty of sauce left over to make a small lasagna, or to use for spaghetti sauce."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"I made this for my husband tonight. He was speechless and let me say THAT doesn't happen very often. Tasted great. Will definitely make again. Will love the leftovers it gave us."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

"Very good. It will be the only lasagna I will ever make from now on."

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"I made it two times already and everyone loves it. This sat. i'm making it again for a bridal shower i'm hosting. Thank you"

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Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"This recipe is a keeper! I was looking for some new ideas to enhance my usual way of making Lasagna. I really likes all the reviews of this recipe and I liked the ingredients. WOW! This is really good. I made the tomato sauce a day ahead of time and it tasted sooooo good ( I could hardly leave it alone!) Only changes I made were adding 2 extra garlic cloves and using Jenno's hot italian sausage in place of the sausage. This is now my new recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"The best home made lasagna ever!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"I have made this a number of times. This is the best lasagna recipe I have come across so far. I have been making this recipe for years."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"This is the best lasagna recipe I have come across....I have modified it a bit when I make it. I only use one can of tomato paste I feel that when you use two it has too much of a metallic taste (especially when eating leftovers) and it also makes the sauce too thick and reheated leftovers are too dry. I also use slightly more tomato sauce and use two 15 oz cans of sauce. I am not a huge sausage fan so I usually omit the sausage and just use the 1 lb of beef."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"good recipe-but to saucy for me, next time will cut sauce back"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"I made this recipe for a family get-together. Everyone said it was fantastic, and I even got phone calls the next day about it. I followed the recipe exactly, as I wanted to see what I'd change. Not a thing! I'll never make another recipe after this. It takes extra time, but it's well worth it."

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Reviewed Aug. 31, 2010

"I make this lasagna on special occasions two or three times a year and every time I make it, I get rave reviews. It takes patience but it's well worth it. Also, the recipe freezes well. I put mine in an 11x17 pan because its too much for a 9x13."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"Great recipe!!"

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Reviewed Jul. 21, 2010

"I made this lasagna for a small family get-together. It was really good but it is not a throw-together-at-the-last-minute recipe. But I would definitely make it again!"

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Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"I've made this many times. It's fantastic."

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Reviewed Jun. 24, 2010

"This was the first Lasagna recipe I've ever made. I 2lbs of ground chuck instead of ground beef and pork sausage and it turned out great! Wonderful Recipe!"

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Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"It was amazing, my whole family loved it and my 4 yr old ask if we could have it every day!"

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Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"Delicious. I added chopped zucchini, green peppers and mushrooms to the sauce."

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Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"I tried this recipe yesterday for dinner. My husband and family said it was delicious maybe, the best lasagna he has eaten."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"This is the best lasagna recipe I have ever had. I will not make anything else. Make sure you put a piece of foil or a cookie sheet under the baking dish because this is filled to the brim and tends to overflow."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"This is the best lasagna I have ever made. I didn't have any pork sausage meat so I used ground pork. This is the recipe I will always make."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"This is the best lasagna recipe I have found. It's AMAZING!!"

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Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"Every time I have dinner guests, this is my go-to recipe. If I have any left, it also freezes well for later. I also make mine in a larger pan to avoid overflow in my oven."

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Reviewed Feb. 4, 2010

"This recipe is by far the best that I have ever used! I don't think I will ever use another lasagna recipe again!"

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Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"My friends and I agree that by far this is the best lasagna we have ever had. I double the recipe and make them two at a time. They freeze well uncooked."

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Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"I have made this recipe for several holiday meals and also on Sunday meals. I get many compliments and it is the best lasagna recipe I have ever made. My husband always orders lasagna when we eat out and he said this recipe tops them all."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"MY FAMILY LOVED THIS RECIPE!"

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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"My absolute favorite! I usually make a double batch to freeze one pan for later!"

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Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"Awesome!"

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Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"This recipe really is as fabulous as everyone says! Wanted to make vegetarian lasagna for my neighbor so substituted the meat for boca crumbles and boca sausage crumbled. I love meat and I never would have known that it was vegetarian. The flavor and textures were amazing. Truly the perfect lasagna!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"very tasty! not hard to make. I used the kind of noodles you dont need to boil before baking. good for one less step :)"

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Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"Amazingly good! My family prefers this recipe over my Italian-born mother-in-law's!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"This is the best lasagna recipe I have found. The meat sauce and cheeses compliment each other very well."

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Reviewed Sep. 22, 2009

"My entire family uses this recipe anytime that lasagna is craved! We all discovered this recipe several years ago and stopped looking for any other lasagna recipe. The only thing we look for now is to see which one of us is going to prepare the dish next. Love it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2009

"never made lasagna b4, this one reminded me of ones i grew up on! (I leave the sausage out, and use pre-made spaghetti sauce). Tastes amazing, everyone loves it! it's a crowd pleaser!!"

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Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"Love this recipe, it has become a constant go to and the family loves it!"

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Reviewed Jul. 29, 2009 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"I made this for the second time yesterday for my boyfriend and his roommates. Everyone loved it! It is by far my favorite lasagna recipie."

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2007 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"Dear Lorri,

Thank you for this recipe. I have made it every Christmas Eve for our family get-together ever since it was first published in Taste of Home magazine. Everyone loves it. And I love getting kudos for making it!
Debbie B."

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2007 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"This has been our favorite lasagna recipe for years!!!"

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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.