This Italian Lasagna came out perfect. I’ve been making this lasagna recipe for over 20 years!
- 1/2 pound lasagna noodles OR 1 whole box Oven-Ready
- 1 lb Italian sausage
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 28 ounces tomatoes cut up (undrained)
- 12 ounces tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
- 1/2 teaspoons fennel seed
- 1/4 teaspoons pepper
- 15 ounces ricotta cheese
- 1 large egg beaten
- 1 tablespoon parsley flakes or 2 teaspoons fresh minced parsley
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
Preheat oven to 375 F.
In large skillet, combine Italian sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic. Cook until sausage is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain. Stir in next 7 ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes.
Fill a baking pan with hot tap water and place the uncooked noodles into the water. Set aside.
In medium bowl, blend ricotta, egg, parsley, and salt. Spoon 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce into 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Layer one-third each lasagna, meat sauce, ricotta mixture, Mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers two more times.
Cover with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
Uncover, bake until hot and bubbly, about 20 minutes longer.
If top is not browned enough, you can turn the temperature of the oven up to 500 F and baked for a few more minutes. Be sure to WATCH and check every couple of minutes as it will brown quickly!
Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
If you are using regular lasagna noodles, use half of a box. If you are using oven-ready, use the whole box. This is based on using Creamette and the shape of their noodles. The oven-ready noodles are shorter and wider, therefore I layer them in the pan differently than I do the regular noodles. Watch the video and you’ll see me making this recipe with the oven-ready noodles. The regular lasagna noodles are long and narrow and fit the full length of a 13×9 baking dish. You basically need about 12 noodles to make lasagna. A regular box of noodles will have about twice that many, while a box of no-boil noodles will have 12-14.
Serving: 1slice | Calories: 398cal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1098mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1170IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 303mg | Iron: 2.2mg