World's Best Lasagna

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It takes a little work, but it is worth it.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage

  • ¾ pound lean ground beef

  • ½ cup minced onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil leaves

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 12 lasagna noodles

  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese

  • 1 egg

  • ¾ pound mozzarella cheese, sliced

  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  2. 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. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

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

  4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 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. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

    a close up view looking over the corner of a baking dish into a bubbly lasagna with a portion removed.
    Allrecipes Magazine

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

448 Calories
21g Fat
37g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 448
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 1400mg 61%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 17mg 84%
Calcium 442mg 34%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 876mg 19%

* 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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