Homemade Italian Lasagna, made with homemade sauce, and filled with ricotta cheese, Italian sausage, and lots of cheese. Serve with crusty Italian bread.

Cathy

Recipe Summary

Servings:
15
Yield:
12 - 16 servings
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Brown bacon and onion in a large pan over medium heat. Stir in fennel seed, 1 teaspoon oregano, Italian seasoning, and tomato sauce. Cover, and simmer on low for 4 to 6 hours, or until thick.

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  • Brown sausage links in a large skillet. Drain on paper towels. Cut into 1 inch pieces.

  • Mix together ricotta cheese, egg, milk, parsley, and 1 teaspoon oregano in a medium bowl.

  • Layer 1 cup of sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan. Layer with 1/3 uncooked lasagna noodles, 1/2 ricotta cheese mixture, 1/2 sausage pieces, 1/3 mozzarella, and 1/2 provolone cheese. Top with 1/3 sauce. Repeat layers. Top with remaining 1/3 noodles. Spread remaining sauce over the top, and sprinkle with remaining 1/3 mozzarella cheese.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 1/2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

755 calories; protein 40.2g; carbohydrates 34.4g; fat 51g; cholesterol 156.1mg; sodium 1701.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2006
Wow, this is fabulous. Couple pieces of advice, though. Firstly, just use regular sausage. I don't understand why you'd want to use link sausage in a lasagna recipe. Secondly, DO NOT try to fit all of this into a 9x13 pan. Go out and buy yourself a bigger pan - you'll be very thankful you did. I followed the advice of others and made more sauce, which I did the day before in the crockpot so that I wouldn't have to babysit it. I also assembled the lasagna early in the day and popped it in the oven right before my party. This makes enough to feed a small army. Enjoy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/12/2009
I did not care for this recipe. Read More
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106 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 67
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2006
Wow, this is fabulous. Couple pieces of advice, though. Firstly, just use regular sausage. I don't understand why you'd want to use link sausage in a lasagna recipe. Secondly, DO NOT try to fit all of this into a 9x13 pan. Go out and buy yourself a bigger pan - you'll be very thankful you did. I followed the advice of others and made more sauce, which I did the day before in the crockpot so that I wouldn't have to babysit it. I also assembled the lasagna early in the day and popped it in the oven right before my party. This makes enough to feed a small army. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/10/2003
overall, very tasty. but the sauce didn't yield a whole heck of a lot, so i would have to double the next time. i did add a bit of red wine to the sauce as it simmered (and i probably wouldn't let it simmer as long- it started to scald). but, the sauce was very flavorful, even without the wine, and the lasagna itself was very delicious. my husband and picky 2 year old loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2002
Very good. I used no boil lasagne noodles and made it up a day ahead. I added about a half pound of mushrooms as an extra layer. It took the full 1.5 hours and maybe a little more. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/30/2006
This Lasagna was great. My family loved it. I would suggest increasing the tomato sauce to another can. I did not have enough ricotta cheese so I used sour cream and it still tasted wonderful. P.S. Don't forget to drain the grease from the bacon or your sauce will be way too greasy..... Love it thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2006
i thought this recipe was great not to mention the finished product itself. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2007
Yummy! The sauce tasted so good! I added another can of tomates and had more then enough sauce. I didn't even need the extra sauce. I also used bulk sausage which was perfect and used a very deep pan. I think I ended up with 6 layers. It feed the army of guests that I had and we even had leftovers for a couple of days. Excellent!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2009
I knew this would be a great classic lasagna recipe. It turned out to be the perfect Italian lasagna. All my extended family--many of whom are food snobs--raved over it when I served it for a party. After making it twice I concluded the following changes made it party-perfect: I pre-cooked the pasta and if I hadn't I feel it would have been very dry. I also added one small can diced tomatoes to the sauce as I learned from the first time I made it it needed more sauce. I didn't particularly like the bacon and when it was ommitted it wasn't quite so heavy that way. Follow the rest as is and you'll have a winner! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2007
I cut this recipe down to 8 it was impossible to cut in half. I only simmered the sauce about an hour due to time it was delicous (didn't use fennel-didn't have any). I boiled the noodles & cooked the lasagna for 45 mins. It filled up the 13x9 in pan. This was very good. Might try it again sometime with beef. Thanks. Edit: I made only the sauce today. I cooked the bacon meanwhile I chopped the onions. I put the bacon on a paper towel lined plate to drain after it was cooked. I then drained out some grease & cooked the onions chopped up the bacon meanwhile. I put the onions & the bacon in a crockpot. I cooked 1 lb of ground beef in the skillet drained & added it to the crockpot. I added the sauce & herbs to the crockpot & turned it to low & let it simmer for 8 hours. I served it over spaghetti with bread & butter on the side. This sauce is fantastic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2005
Best lasagne I've ever had! I cautiously made a half recipe but it worked wonderfully in a 9x13 dish. With the reduced recipe the lasagne wasn't piled as high and with ready-to-bake noodles it was done baking in under an hour. The second time I made it I added more sauce more garlic and took the sausage out of the casing before browning it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/12/2009
I did not care for this recipe. Read More
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