My Favorite Lasagna

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My Favorite Lasagna

Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

Meat Sauce

  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage hot or mild
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ½ cup white onion chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 24 oz pasta sauce bonus if it's homemade!
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ricotta Sauce

  • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp fresh parsley, minced or 1 tbsp dried
  • salt to taste

Other Ingredients

  • 12-16 lasagna noodles, cooked follow box instructions on cooking
  • ¾ lb fresh mozzarella shredded
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese grated or shredded

Instructions

  • In a Dutch oven, brown sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat.
  • Stir in pasta sauce, fennel seeds and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer on low for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • While sauce simmers, cook lasagna noodles as instructed on box. Once cooked, drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • To assemble: Spread a cup or so of meat sauce in the bottom of a lasagna dish. Arrange 3-4 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with ½ of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with ⅓ of the mozzarella cheese. Spoon 1 ½ cups meat sauce over mozzarella. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Finish by broiling for 3-4 mins if desired. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

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