World's Best Lasagna
I found this recipe on all recipes.com"I had never made lasagna before so I wasn't sure how this would come out, but it was amazing! My husband said it was his favorite dish I've ever made! I will probably try using shredded motz next time though, since the sliced cheese didn't melt evenly. There was also quite a bit of meat sauce leftover though (4-5 cups) which confused me, but I plan to freeze and save it for pasta in the future because it was sooo yummy!!" - MrsCDE
Yield: 12 Servings Ready in 45 minutes
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|1 poundsweet Italian sausage|
|3/4 poundlean ground beef|
|1/2 cupminced onion|
|2 clovesgarlic crushed|
|1 (28ounce) can crushed tomatoes|
|2 (6ounce) cans tomato paste|
|2 (6.5ounce) cans canned tomato sauce|
|2 tablespoonswhite sugar|
|1 1/2 teaspoonsdried basil leaves|
|1/2 teaspoonfennel seeds|
|1 teaspoonItalian seasoning|
|1/4 teaspoonground black pepper|
|4 tablespoonschopped fresh parsley|
|16 ouncesricotta cheese|
|3/4 poundmozzarella cheese; sliced|
|3/4 cupgrated Parmesan cheese|
World's Best Lasagna Preparation
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.
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.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
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.
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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