Traditional Lasagna Recipe
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3/4 pound Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Pork Sausage Roll
- 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
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3 large 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 (about 6 ounces)
- 3 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook and crumble beef and sausage until no longer pink; drain. Add next seven ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
- 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add parsley; stir in cottage cheese, ricotta and Parmesan cheese.
- 3. Preheat oven to 375°. Spread 1 cup meat sauce in an ungreased 13x9-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 remaining noodles, meat sauce and mozzarella (dish will be full).
- 4. Cover; bake 50 minutes. Uncover; bake until heated through, 20 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.
1 piece: 503 calories, 27g fat (13g saturated fat), 136mg cholesterol, 1208mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 36g protein.
Reviews for Traditional Lasagna
"This is wonderful. The addition of provolone cheese make it."
"Yes, must agree. One of the best I have ever tried! Did leave out the cottage cheese , though. Added extra ricotta instead. Delicious!"
"Love, love, love this recipe!! It is so delicious, everyone raves over it. Will never make another lasagna recipe....ever!"
"One of the best lasagna's I've had. I changed the beef and pork to only italian sausage. It was delicious!"
"This will be my go to lasagna from now on. Perfect! Served it Christmas Eve to rave reviews from family and friends."
"This has to be the best lasagna i have ever had. Only thing i changed is i used 1lb hot Italian sausage and 1/2lb gr beef. Amazing flavors. I love the provolone in this. This is my first time not popping a jar for the sauce and i will never go back. Thank you for sharing this recipe"
"Pat Milo try it with real mozzarella and ricotta. cottage cheese cannot compare. you can leave out the meat. we like it without meat."
"Made this last week, it was the best lasagna I have ever made! So said hubby. Only changes I made was to use Italian sausage instead of the pork, and no boil noodles. I did add about a cup of water to the sauce to provide enough moisture for the noodles. The recipe is a keeper! Yes, it takes longer to cook, but so worth the effort!"
"Emily and graysmommy it might not be a bad idea to stick with take out if you can't make this delicious lasagna"
"Made this yesterday. I used 24 oz. pasta sauce with basil instead of plain tomato sauce. I also added 1t oregano. Used non-boil lasagna. Assembled everything a day ahead and cooked it 50 minutes and refrigerated it (covered tightly). The next day, I warmed it 20 minutes at 250 and 10 minutes at 350 until the edges bubbled a bit. It was a huge hit. Next time I will use real mozzarella cheese and shred it myself, but this time I didn't have the energy for that. I think it will make it a 6 star if it has real cheese instead of the prepacked shredded cheese, which has fillers. This photo is a bit deceptive. My pan was filled to the top."
"Made this today for all of my family..Everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing the recipe?"
"I have been making this recipe for years, year-round. It can't be beat. When I don't have ricotta it's still wonderful."
"Finally I have an amazing lasagna recipe. Made this just recently and everyone raved. I had leftovers the next day and it even tasted better. And Emily I'm sorry but you had to do something wrong to give it negative reviews."
"This is a disaster too long cooking waste of time and money."
"Can this dish be made the night before??"
"Really great traditional recipe! Exactly what you need when you want a true down home Lasagna recipe!"
"This is my go-to lasagna. I really like the sauce. I use mild Italian sausage instead of bulk pork sausage and usually make a double recipe. I save the extra to use on spaghetti. It's a great recipe for entertaining. I make all the components ahead and just assemble and bake."
"I make mine the same way you do only I don't use any ricotta cheese, it makes it to dry for my taste."
"This is a very good recipe but I've now made it several times with and without the sausage and we think it's better without the sausage since it's less greasy. I just add a little of the traditional, sausage spices to the grind beef and increase the ground beef (lean) proportionately. We make it about nice a month these day, sometimes more often in winter."
"I was using a different lasagna recipe on this site, but having tried this one, there's no going back. I made it exactly as stated, but I used mild Italian sausages (out of their casings) and a full package of SMOKED provolone. This was one decadent, cheesy, saucy, meaty lasagna. Best ever."
"My first time making lasagna. I followed the recipe except I used store bought spaghetti sauce. My family really enjoyed this dish."
"How do you freeze this, cooked or uncooked.????"
"Always a hit with this recipe. It also freezes well."
"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"
"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"
"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. :)"
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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"
"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 pasteTurned out excellent with a very zesty taste to the sauce -----YUM"
"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."
"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 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!!!! :)"
"I am a terrible cook and I found this to be easy and delicious! I would definitely recommend it!"
"Best I ever made or ate."
"Made it for Canada Day - my guests loved it!"
"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!"
"This is the best lasagna I have ever had! I use the no cook noodles and it's great !"
"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!"
"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"
"Best ever! Pauline, Nova Scotia"
"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!!!"
"YUM! Perfect recipe! Thank you! This was my first lasanga attempt! Your recipe was flawless!"
"Best lasagna ever!"
"This is hands down, the best lasagna I've ever tried. My family is crazy about it. Wonderful recipe!!"
"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."
"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:)"
"I've made at least 50 different versions of lasagna, this is hands down, the best by far. I followed the recipe."
"Yummy!!! My family requests this at least once a month if not twice. Love it!"
"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!"
"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."
"This is absolutely delicious. Only change I did was use half cottage cheese and half ricotta of the total 32 ounces of both."
"wonderful lasagna, I too used oven ready lasagna perfect!"
"DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO COOK THE LASAGNA NOODLES ! THEY TURN OUT JUST FINE...."
"This was easy to make and SO good.....it's a keeper !"
"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."
"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!"
"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 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!"
"This was fantastic! I didnt add any salt, but other than that, I didn't change a thing."
"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."
"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?"
"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."
"THE best lasagna I've ever made or eaten! A perfect 10 from the whole family :)"
"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 husband and I really loved this lasagna. The only change I will make is to cut down on the cheese."
"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!"
"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"
"Made this for dinner tonight.... It was awesome!!!!"
"I have a question do you remove the skins from the sausages or cook them whole or cut up"
"Loved it! My boyfriend said it was the best lasagna he's ever had and that's saying something!"
"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 family loved this lasagna! So so so good!!"
"Best lasagna in the world!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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!)"
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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"
"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!"
"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."
"Easy to fix. The sauce had good flavor."
"AWESOME. quick and easy and very filling. The taste is what made my family a lasagna lover."
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"Best Lasagna Recipe that I have found."
"By FAR the best lasagna I've ever eaten. The whole family loved it. Takes some time to make, but so worth it!"
"Yep - as good as everyone says."
"Wow--delicious! Made it for a party everyone loved it!"
"Awesome recipe. It is the only one I use now."
"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."
"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."
"Excellent! I cut out the sausage and used all ground beef. This turned out perfect!"
"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!"
"Great Lasagna! I used home made noodles for this dish. Super flavor and not difficult to prepare. Will definitely have again."
"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."
"It is everything I want in a lasagna. Everyone in my family loves it."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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 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."
"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!!!"
"Best lasagna recipe I have found. I will definitely make this again."
"This recipe is delicious! My whole family loved it!"
"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!"
"Excellent! I used itaillan sausage and 50/50 ratio of cottage & ricotta. Everybody Loves!"
"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!"
"I add a few more seasonings, but this is excellent!"
"I'm making it right now :D"
"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!"
"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 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."
"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."
"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."
"Everyone in my family loved this recipe!This is a keeper!"
"This is VERY good! The only tweak I made, was to add minced onions and a bay leaf to the meat sauce. Perfection!"
"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."
"Simply delicious! Everyone loved it!"
"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."
"Everyone in my family loves this recipe; my mom even asked me for a copy because she likes it better than her's!"
"I followed recipe exactly and it was very good, but I definitely will cut back on the garlic next time."
"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."
"It requires a bit of work, but totally worth it!"
"Made this for the family. Everyone raved about it. I followed the recipe exactly. Very good"
"Just tried this the other night. Unbelievably good. Everyone loved it."
"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."
"This was fun to make and delicious."
"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!"
"Awesome lasagna that makes even better leftovers! Well worth the time & effort!"
"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."
"I love this lasagna!!! Just LOVE it! So does everyone else in my family."
"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."
"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."
"SO DELICIOUS!!! No other lasagna even comes close to this one."
"I have made this several times and always get tons of compliments. Sauce is delicious."
"The very best"
"One word.... Delicious"
"Good like it is. I'm leaving this one alone!"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"Made this for my neighbors and they swore it was the best lasagna that they have ever had."
"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!"
"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"
"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."
"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. :)"
"WOW! This will be my Lasagna recipe that I will always use! So GOOD!"
"This was a HUGE hit. This is the best lasagna recipe."
"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!"
"Best lasagna I have ever made."
"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."
"i love lasagne!"
"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."
"This was the lasagna recipe that I have been looking for!! Great flavor and cheesy! This recipe is a winner (yes it is a blue ribbon contest winner!!) I use 1/2 hot Italian and 1/2 mild Italian sausage for the port sausage. SO GOOD!"
"this is a family favorite! I don't like chunks of tomatoes so this is a winner! Sometimes I add pepperoni as well."
"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."
"This was the best Lasagna I have ever made. It was wonderful. I had family over for dinner and they loved it."
"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!"
"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."
"GREAT LASAGNA!! One of the best..If not the best.."
"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."
"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."
"Very good. It will be the only lasagna I will ever make from now on."
"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"
"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."
"The best home made lasagna ever!!"
"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."
"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."
"good recipe-but to saucy for me, next time will cut sauce back"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"I've made this many times. It's fantastic."
"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!"
"It was amazing, my whole family loved it and my 4 yr old ask if we could have it every day!"
"Delicious. I added chopped zucchini, green peppers and mushrooms to the sauce."
"I tried this recipe yesterday for dinner. My husband and family said it was delicious maybe, the best lasagna he has eaten."
"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."
"This is the best lasagna recipe I have found. It's AMAZING!!"
"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."
"This recipe is by far the best that I have ever used! I don't think I will ever use another lasagna recipe again!"
"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."
"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 FAMILY LOVED THIS RECIPE!"
"My absolute favorite! I usually make a double batch to freeze one pan for later!"
"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!"
"very tasty! not hard to make. I used the kind of noodles you dont need to boil before baking. good for one less step :)"
"Amazingly good! My family prefers this recipe over my Italian-born mother-in-law's!"
"This is the best lasagna recipe I have found. The meat sauce and cheeses compliment each other very well."
"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!"
"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!!"
"Love this recipe, it has become a constant go to and the family loves it!"
"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."
"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."
"This has been our favorite lasagna recipe for years!!!"
Medium-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.