Traditional Lasagna Recipe
- 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
- 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.
- In a large bowl, combine eggs and parsley. Stir in the cottage cheese, ricotta and Parmesan cheese.
- 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).
- 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.
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.
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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.
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