Best Lasagna Recipe

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Best Lasagna Recipe
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Best Lasagna Recipe

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Want to know how to make lasagna for a casual holiday meal? You can't go wrong with this deliciously rich and meaty lasagna. My grown sons and daughter-in-law request it for their birthdays, too. —Pam Thompson, Girard, Illinois
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 1 hour Bake: 50 min. + standing
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 1 hour Bake: 50 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1-1/4 pounds Johnsonville® Ground Mild Italian sausage
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (one 28 ounces, one 15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook sausage, beef and onion over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking up meat into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Drain.
Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, water, sugar, 3 tablespoons parsley, basil, fennel, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a small bowl, mix egg, ricotta cheese, and remaining parsley and salt.
Preheat oven to 375°. Spread 2 cups meat sauce into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with three noodles and a third of the ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining meat sauce and cheeses (dish will be full).
Bake, covered, 25 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Traditional Lasagna in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2007, p46

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 519 calories, 27g fat (13g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 1013mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1-1/4 pounds Johnsonville® Ground Mild Italian sausage
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (one 28 ounces, one 15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook sausage, beef and onion over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking up meat into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Drain.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, water, sugar, 3 tablespoons parsley, basil, fennel, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a small bowl, mix egg, ricotta cheese, and remaining parsley and salt.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°. Spread 2 cups meat sauce into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with three noodles and a third of the ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining meat sauce and cheeses (dish will be full).
  5. Bake, covered, 25 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Traditional Lasagna in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2007, p46

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Deborah User ID: 9198212 287273
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2018

"I used all ingredients except for the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes and water. I decided to use a jar of Newman's Own Italian Sausage & Peppers pasta sauce Instead. I used a 9x9 baking dish, which was just enough for myself and my husband. 1lb of ground beef and 1lb of mild Italian sausage was a perfect balance. This Was definitely MY BEST LASAGNA!!! 5 stars for me ??"

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Sharmalee User ID: 9454516 287041
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2018

"Family loves it"

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Lauren User ID: 9452259 286834
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2018

"This is really a great basic lasagna recipe. I gave it a 4 because I made a few small adjustments that I think enhanced the dish. First, more salt. I find most online recipes to be under seasoned. I typically cook my noodles in heavily salted water but I used "oven ready" noodles so I needed extra salt. Also, homemade tomato sauces always need extra salt. Also, I threw in a small pinch of red pepper flakes. I dislike spicy sensation but I find red pepper flakes just kicks up the flavor a notch. I LOVED how this this lasagna was, how it held up when cut and serves, and how thick and meaty everything was. LOVE the amount of cheese! We fed 4 adults and 5 kids with 3 large leftover portions with this!"

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axel User ID: 9451846 286791
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2018

"its taste like poo"

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Sharon User ID: 9450628 286669
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2018

"I just made this lasagna and my whole family loved it.I will definitely be making it soon. Excellent"

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Kelly User ID: 9450217 286621
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2018

"Lasagna is one of my favorite meals. I have tried several recipes through the years and some were better than others but this one is a keeper. I thought it turned out great. I used 1lb Bob Evan's Italian sausage and 1lb ground chuck and I left out the fennel seed but everything else remained the same. I thought this was the best lasagna recipe I have ever made and will continue to make only this one from now on. I thought it was pretty simple to make as well."

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Tramaine User ID: 9442217 285668
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2018

"I used this recipe to cook lasagna for the first time and it was delicious. I used oven ready lasagna noodles..it was soooo good my husband is Italian and he said it was the best lasagna he's had that's as good as his Italian mom..i loved it..glad I didn't listen to the bad reviews"

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Cynthia User ID: 9436323 285036
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2018

"Delicious! Worth the effort"

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Nicole User ID: 9433479 284725
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2018

"It really was a 5 star recipe, and I really don't care for nor make lasagna. I followed everything perfectly except considered everyone's comments...So someone said bland, so I added Italian seasoning to the sauce. Someone said watery, so I didn't put all of the 2/3 water. I didn't have fresh basil and parsley so I just used dried. It turned out really tasty. My son gave it a 10. It wasn't burnt looking either like some lasagna are. The too cheese layer was so pretty. That Italian sausage really gave it good flavoring. Don't skip on the sugar, it needed that! I agree.. a 5 for sure."

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Garrett User ID: 9433147 284690
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2018

"Fantastic, wife and I loved it. Stick to the recipe! All these people thinking they're Gordon Ramsey trying to make the recipe their own. If you follow the recipe correctly the sauce has plenty of flavor! I know a lot of people don't let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes, which is where the flavor develops! Follow the recipe exactly and you'll have an amazing dish!"

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