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Best Lasagna Recipe

Meet your new favorite classic lasagna! This truly is the best lasagna recipe. Make one pan for tonight and freeze one for next week!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 489kcal
Author: Megan

Ingredients

  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 56 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 16 oz Ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded and divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Bring a large saucepan filled two-thirds with water to a boil. Add lasagna noodles and cook till al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  • In a Dutch oven or large heavy-duty saucepan/skillet, cook the sausage and beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the grease and add the onion. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until veggies are soft and fragrant. Add the spaghetti sauce and let cook 5 minutes or until warm.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the Ricotta, 2 cups of the mozzarella, egg and Italian seasoning. Mix well.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Layer in even layers as follows: 1/3 of the meat-sauce mixture, 3 cooked noodles, 1/3 of the cheese mixture. Do this three times.
  • Top with any extra sauce, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Cottage cheese can be substituted for ricotta cheese if you don't have it or prefer a different texture.
  • You can often buy Italian sausage in mild or hot and I like to add a little spice to the recipe by using hot. When it is mixed in with all the cheese and tomato sauce, the final dish isn't too spicy, just extra flavorful.
  • This is the PERFECT dish to prepare for your next dinner party! See below for side dish options.
  • To add a few more veggies into your lasagna, thinly slice a cup of zucchini or dice some spinach and fold it into the meat sauce.
  • It is ok to under-boil the noodles by 2-3 minutes. They'll do some cooking yet in the oven, so they can get mushy if they're pre-cooked for too long.

Nutrition

Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 1207mg | Potassium: 766mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1005IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 287mg | Iron: 3mg
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