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Traditional Lasagna Recipe
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Traditional Lasagna Recipe

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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
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. plus simmering Bake: 70 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound Jimmy Dean® Premium 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 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

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.

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.
Originally published as Traditional Lasagna in Taste of Home April/May 2000, p25

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.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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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!"

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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."

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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."

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

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

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

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

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