Lasagna, an old Sicilian recipe

Lasagna, an old Sicilian recipe

7 reviews, 4.9 star(s). 86% would make again

Ready in 4 hours

Chicken and pork is cooked in a tomato sauce, shredded and returned to the sauce for a great flavor. The lasagna noodles are layered with the hearty meat sauce, seasoned ricotta cheese, mozzarella and grated Parmesan.


3 pounds chicken; (up to 4 pounds), cut into 8 parts
3 country pork ribs; (up to 4)
10 ounces mushrooms; chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large Onion; chopped
4 cloves Garlic; sliced
3 cans tomatoes; 28 ounces each
1 6-oz can tomato paste
6 oz water; (up to 12 ounces)
6 tablespoons fresh basil leaves; chopped
6 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley; chopped
2 pounds whole milk ricotta
1 ball fresh mozzarella; sliced
1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese; grated
2 pounds lasagna noodles
2 teaspoons kosher salt
0.5 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Original recipe makes 12



In a large non-stick skillet, using 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, over medium high heat, brown chicken and pork and set aside. Use the same skillet and with 1/2 tablespoon oil, fry the mushrooms and set aside.

In a Dutch oven, using remaining tablespoon of oil, saute the onion until soft and tender, about 6 to 8 minutes then add garlic and cook for 2 minutes longer.

Add tomatoes (crushing with your hand while in the can), tomato paste, water, (how much water you will need will depend on the type of canned tomatoes used. If packed in tomato juice or tomato puree) the browned meats, salt and pepper.

Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally for one and a half hours.

Remove the cooked meats from the sauce and place in a large bowl to cool for easier handling.

Remove skin and bones from chicken and discard. Remove and discard bones from pork, and using two forks or hands shred the chicken and pork.

Return the shredded meat to the sauce and add reserved mushrooms.

Add 4 tablespoons each of basil and parsley to the sauce. Stir and adjust salt and pepper seasoning. The sauce may be made a day or two in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

To construct the lasagna casserole, prepare all of the components so that the layers are easy to build. Boil the noodles for 10 minutes or as directed on the box. Drain the pasta noodles and fill the pot with cold water to stop further cooking and prevent noodles from sticking together while preparing the other components. Put ricotta cheese in a bowl, stir in remaining 2 tablespoons each of basil and parsley, and season with salt and pepper. Bring meat sauce to room temperature for easier spreading consistency.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In two deep casserole dishes or roasting pans, begin layering with a little sauce on the bottom, to prevent sticking. Layer noodles, sauce, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and grated cheese, in that order. Make about three or four layers in each pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes covered and then remove cover and bake for 20 minutes more until bubbly and top is browned.

Do not use oven ready lasagna noodle for this recipe. The meat sauce is too hearty to be supported by the thinner noodles.

This recipe may easily be cut in half. I find it easier to make the full amount and freeze any leftovers. Lasagna freezes well.

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Bumcook 4y ago

I followed the directions to a "t", with no substitutions, and it was fantastic. It is a lot of work, but it's the best lasagna I've ever had.
NathanGarrett 4y ago

I have never made lasagna because every time I had tried I had been so unsuccessful. That is until I made this recipe kudos to the chef for this one. It is excellent and I now make lasagna, which my family of six love, as do all guest I make it for, of course I have yet to try with the chicken and pork. I use ground turkey, So good. I also use the sauce for this recipe for all my italian noodle dishes....Just LOVE quick, simple, and SO delicious.
Bumcook 4y ago

Good recipe, makes a rich and hearty lasagna. I halved the recipe and it came out to one very full 13 x 9 pan (with a little sauce left over). I did add an egg to the ricotta mixture to make it stretch a little further.
dakotarussell 5y ago

Fantastic recipe! The chicken and pork combo is what made this tasty dish. I used wild mushrooms and added some crushed red pepper for a smidgen of zip.
chefhoward76 6y ago

The biggest difference in this lasagna recipe is that the meat sauce is flavored with shredded chicken and pork instead of ground beef. [I posted this recipe.]
weckle 6y ago

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