Worlds Best Lasagna

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Worlds Best Lasagna

Prep 30 m

Cook 2 m

Ready In 32 m

12 Servings

448 Calories


"It takes a little work, but it is worth it."

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  1. 1 pound sweet Italian sausage

  2. 3/4 pound lean ground beef

  3. 1/2 cup minced onion

  4. 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  5. 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  6. 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  7. 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce

  8. 1/2 cup water

  9. 2 tablespoons white sugar

  10. 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves

  11. 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

  12. 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  13. 1 tablespoon salt

  14. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  15. 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  16. 12 lasagna noodles

  17. 16 ounces ricotta cheese

  18. 1 egg

  19. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  20. 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced

  21. 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

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