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Crowd Pleasing Lasagna

Layers of rich meat sauce, melted cheeses and delicious pasta make this homemade lasagna the perfect comfort food for family meals, holidays and special occasions.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword comfort food, Famil Meal, holiday
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8
Author Stacey | SouthernDiscourse.com

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground mild sausage
  • 10 pieces lasagna pasta,
  • 30 oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 12 oz tomato paste
  • 4 C grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 C grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2-3 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Ricotta Cheese Filling

  • 24 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 C finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large skillet or dutch oven, brown ground beef and sausage together, adding in diced onions as the meat browns. Drain and return to skillet.
  • Turn down heat to low. Add in tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and combine with meat. Add Italian seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While meat sauce is simmering, bring water to boil in large pot.  Add lasagna pasta and cooked just until al dente.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the ricotta cheese filling and set aside.
  • To assemble, spoon about 1 C meat sauce in bottom of a deep ungreased 13x9 dish.  Layer 3 noodles lengthwise in dish over meat sauce.  Layer 2 more noodles lengthwise over the seams between the 3 noodles. Spoon 1/2 of remaining meat sauce over noodles.  Cover with 1/2 ricotta cheese mixture.  Top with 1/2 of mozarella and Parmesan cheeses.  Repeat starting with noodles.
  • Bake in preheated oven uncovered for 25 minutes.  Cover and continue to bake for another 25 minutes or until bubbly around edges.  To make slicing easy, let cool 10-15 minutes before serving.

Notes

For a spicy kick, add 1 tsp crushed red pepper to meat sauce!