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Lasagna From Scratch

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This is a fantastic lasagna recipe taken from The result is worth taking a day to prepare it. Make sure you prep it either at least six hours prior to serving. It is just as good if you prep the sauce the day before.


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1 pound sweet/mild Italian sausage
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup onions; chopped
2 cloves garlic; chopped
1 can crushed tomatoes
2 cans tomato sauce
2 cans tomato paste
1/2 cup Water
2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon fennel seed
2 teaspoons fresh Basil leaves; chopped
4 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley; chopped (divided)
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
23 ounces ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg; fresh grated
1 egg
1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
12 lasagna noodles

Original recipe makes 10




Brown the sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large pot.

Remove grease (optional).

Stir in the crushed tomatoes, sauce, paste, and water.

Gently stir in sugar, fennel, basil, parsley (2 TBS), salt, Italian seasoning, and ground pepper.

Simmer sauce on low for 1.5 hours (stirring occasionally).

(If serving next day, cover and refrigerate).

Soak lasagna in HOT tap water for 15 minutes.

RICOTTA PREPARATION - In a large mixing bowl...

Ricotta cheese, Fresh grated nutmeg, egg, and last 2 TBS of parsley. Mix with a spoon until well blended.


BUILD THE LAYERS - in a 9x13 inch baking pan (the deeper the better)

1) Spread 2 cups of sauce

2) Lay 1/2 of the lasagna noodles after shaking off water (these will still seem firm, but they will soften perfectly during baking).

3) Spread half of your ricotta mixture over noodles.

4) Spread half of the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses over ricotta

Repeat steps 1-4 saving a little of the mozzarella for the top.

Top off with remaining sauce and mozzarella.

Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes

Remove the foil and bake for another 25 minutes.

Slightly browned edges will tell you its done.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes and dig in.


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Take your time and have fun with it. Be generous with the sauce as you will have plenty left over if you stick to the 2 cup. Feel free to add more of your favorite ingredients (you never can have too much garlic). [I posted this recipe.]
Keithhuisman 5 years ago
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