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World's Best Lasagna

World's Best Lasagna

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109 review(s) averaging 4.3. 74% would make again

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World's Best Lasagna!

"I found this dish to be phenomenal.
I couldn't stop eating it.

However, that being said... before making the dish I read the reviews and decided to reduce the amount of ricotta cheese, using 30 ounces (2 cartons) vs the 60 ounces listed.

Also, I increased the amount of meat from 1 pound to 1.75 pounds. I added 0.75 pounds of beef mixing that with the Italian sausage.

I will definitely be making this one again. "

- Cowtown_Slim


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1 pound Sweet Italian Sausage
1/2 cup Onion; minced
4 cloves Garlic; crushed
28 ounce Tomatoes; crushed
13 ounce Tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Sugar; white
1 1/2 teaspoons Basil leaves; fresh and chopped
1/2 teaspoon Fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 tablespoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black pepper; ground
12 noodles Lasagna Noodles
16 ounces Ricotta cheese
4 ounces Mushrooms; sliced
4 Eggs
1 1/2 pounds Mozzarella; sliced
3 ounces Mozzarella; shredded, optional
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese; grated

Original recipe makes 8 Servings



1. In a Dutch oven, cook onion, garlic and mushrooms over medium heat until well browned.

2. Once the onions, garlic and mushrooms are browned, mix in and cook the sausage until browned.

3. Stir in crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Season with 1 tablespoon sugar, 1.5 teaspoons freshly chopped basil, .5 teaspoon fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, .5 tablespoon salt, .25 teaspoon black pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley (optional). Simmer covered, for about 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.

4. 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. (or cook using hot water in a pan, which is much easier)

5. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with eggs, remaining parsley (optional), and .5 teaspoon salt.

6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

7. To assemble, spread 1.5 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.

8. Spoon 1.5 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with .25 cup Parmesan cheese.

9. Add remaining 6 lasagna noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Cover with remainder of ricotta cheese mixture, one third of mozzarella cheese slices, then the remainder of the meat sauce, and then top with remaining one third mozzarella cheese slices and Parmesan cheese. Add extra shredded mozzarella cheese to put this dish way over the top.

10. Cover with foil. To prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.

11. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 20 minutes (don't overheat!).

12. Cool for 15 minutes before pigging out!

This recipe was based on another recipe, and over time and many revisions, this is the best lasagna in the world! The original recipe is located at:>


BigOven Tip: Lasagna freezes well. Make ahead of time and reheat in a 350 degree oven. Cover the dish and bake for 30 minutes - 1 hour depending on your oven. Check that center is warm.


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I love this lasagna and so does every one I have made this for. I just leave out the fennel in the sauce or if time I'm short on time I use prego and just brown the Italian sausage and mix it together.
sprousetabitha 1 month ago
Excellent lasagna recipe. Full of flavor!!
JasonJamie 4 months ago
So I made this tonight for the first time as a Valentine's Day dinner for my guy. It was super easy and looks delicious! Haven't ate it yet, the only thing is next time I would double the sauce recipe.... This way I could really pile it on, and freeze the rest for spaghetti later in the week. Thank you for sharing.
tcogs09 6 months ago
gigiphillips3399 6 months ago
This is one of my favorite recipes. I couldn't help but have seconds. This is going in our dinner regimen for sure!!
dookidaah 7 months ago
A little time to make but worth every minute. My son, who 'doesn't like lazagna' had seconds....
Rmccormi 7 months ago
This is perfect as is! All 10 people that ate it gave it 2 thumbs up...that includes 6 picky kids. :-) Well done!
jackiesweet 8 months ago
It came out a little under seasoned for me. Had to add more salt and garlic. But a good base recipe. Thanks!
TinaRags 8 months ago
It was very good. Family loved it ! I think i would add more ricotta and a little more meat but over all it was amazing. I def recommend using shredded cheese on top
mbechard 8 months ago
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