Italian Lasagna


Delicious Italian lasagna layered with a homemade tomato sauce, herby ricotta cheese, chunks of Italian sausage, and lots of mozzarella and provolone. Serve with crusty Italian bread.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 10 mins
1 9x13-inch lasagna


Sauce and Sausage:

  • 9 thick slices bacon, diced

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 pounds Italian sausage links


  • 2 pints part-skim ricotta cheese

  • cup milk

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked lasagna noodles

  • 8 slices provolone cheese

  • 6 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Make the sauce: Brown bacon and onion in a large pan over medium heat until bacon is crisp and onion is translucent, 7 to 9 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, fennel seed, and oregano. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until thick, 4 to 6 hours.

  2. Cook the sausage: When the sauce is almost ready, brown sausage links in a large skillet. Drain on paper towels and cut into 1-inch pieces.

  3. Make the lasagna: Mix ricotta cheese, milk, eggs, parsley, and oregano together in a medium bowl.

  4. Spread 1 cup sauce over the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan. Layer with 1/3 of the lasagna noodles, 1/2 of the ricotta mixture, 1/2 of the sausage pieces, 2 cups mozzarella, 4 slices provolone, and 1/3 of the sauce. Repeat layers once more, then top with remaining noodles. Spread remaining sauce over noodles and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

944 Calories
64g Fat
43g Carbs
50g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 944
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 64g 82%
Saturated Fat 29g 143%
Cholesterol 195mg 65%
Sodium 2127mg 92%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 50g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 747mg 57%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 986mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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