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Traditional Lasagna Recipe

Traditional Lasagna Recipe

My family first tasted this rich, homemade lasagna recipe 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. + simmering Bake: 70 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound Jones No Sugar Pork Sausage Roll 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
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 cups 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 503 calories, 27g fat (13g saturated fat), 136mg cholesterol, 1208mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 36g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 31, 2018

"This just confirms that Taste of Home is a generic cook's recipe guide. I grew up with authentic, Ellis Island, Italian grandmothers homemade pasta. Cottage cheese???? How does this even make the list of good Italian food recipes. And where is the mozzarella, fresh basil, and parmesan reggiano?? When I see recipes on-line and the posting is from Taste of Home, I approach with apprehension. These are mediocre, "housewife" recipes. Go to Food Network instead and try Mario or Giada. Real chefs."

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2018

"Absolutely the best lasagne I have ever eaten. Hands down, will never make another recipe....truly fantastic!"

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2018

"Awesome base recipe. I didn't have provolone so just used extra mozzarella, will try provolone next time. I also added mushrooms and an onion. This was so yummy."

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2018

"I have always par boiled my Lasagna Noodles and your recipe doesn't require that step. Will the 50 min cooking then 20 min additional uncovered accomplish that. I live in a very small town in NE Arkansas and our 1 grocery store doesn't carry ricotta, so may I add more cottage cheese, and would I still use egg then. I was plan on making for dinner tonight. Thank you for sharing your recipe looks delicious."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2018

"This is the best lasagna ever. I don't use pork sausage, I just add a few fennel seeds to my sauce to give a little sausage flavor."

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2018

"Best ever!"

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2018

"Best I have ever, ever had !!! Soooooo good."

Reviewed Dec. 25, 2017

"Took a HUGE chance and made this for the first time for our Christmas dinner and it was wonderful!!! It looked intimidating with such a long list of ingredients but it went seamlessly. I was also afraid it had too much cheese in it but I couldn't (and wouldn't) change a thing. A keeper for sure!!"

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2017

"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, and I have had nothing but rave reviews from friends and family, and requests to please make this again. Best ever."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2017

"Wow, Susan, that is so rude to rate a recipe that you didn’t even bother to try because you are some kind of lasagna snob. If the recipe is “beneath your standards”, just pass on by and find recipes more to your liking. Some of us are more interested in the food than in the tradition you use to make YOUR lasagna."

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