Delectable Lasagna: The Best in the World

Prep time for this recipe is 30 minutes and cooking time is 2 hours and 30 minutes.  It will be ready in 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Serving per recipe is 12.  Each serving contains the following nutritional values: 427 calories, total fat 19.9g, cholesterol 80mg, sodium 1728mg, carbs 36.3g, dietary fiber 4g, and protein 27.8g.

Ingredients:

Italian sausage (sweet) – 1 pound
Ground beef (lean) – 3/4 pound
Minced onion – 1/2 cup
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
Crushed tomatoes – 1 (28 oz) can
Tomato paste – 2 (6 oz) cans
Canned tomato sauce – 2 (6.5 oz) cans
Water – 1/2 cup
White sugar – 2 tablespoons
Dried basil leaves – 1 1/2 teaspoons
Fennel seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
Italian seasoning – 1 teaspoon
Salt – 1 tablespoon
Ground black pepper – 1/4 teaspoon
Chopped fresh parsley – 4 tablespoons
12 lasagna noodles
Ricotta cheese – 16 oz
1 egg
Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
Mozzarella cheese (sliced) – 3/4 pound
Parmesan cheese (grated) – 3/4 cup

Directions

1. Put sausage, onion, garlic, and ground beef in a Dutch oven. Cook in medium heat until well brown.  Stir in water, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and crushed tomatoes.  Add sugar, fennel seeds, basil, and Italian seasoning. Put pepper, 1 tbsp salt, and 2 tbsp parsley.  Simmer and cover for 1½ hour. Stir occasionally.

2.  Boil lightly salted water and cook the lasagna.  After 8-10 minutes, drain noodles and rinse with cold water.  Place in a bowl and combine with Ricotta cheese, egg, parsley, and ½ tbsp salt.  Then pre-heat oven to 190 degrees C (375F)

3. Spread 1½ cup meat sauce in a 9”x13” baking dish.  Arrange the 6 pieces of noodles lengthwise over the meat sauce and spread half of the Ricotta cheese mixture.  Top with Mozzarella cheese, spread the meat source, sprinkle ¼ cup Parmesan.  Repeat the layers and top with Mozzarella cheese.  Spray foil with cooking spray and cover.

4.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove the foil and re-bake for another 25 minutes. Cool before serving.