Friday, February 10, 2012

The World's Best Lasagna

I found this recipe at allrecipes.com.  The only thing that I changed was the way the noodles were prepared.  Other than that I followed this recipe and I'm glad that I did.  The sauce will be the sauce that I make when making spaghetti now as well.  You simply have to try this!  This is what I did:

The World's Best Lasagna

1 pound sweet Italian sausage
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 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
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
12 lasagna noodles
15 ounces ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 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 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.               
  • When sauce is finishing simmering, soak noodles in hot tap water for about 30 minutes.
  • Mix ricotta cheese, egg, and 1/2 tsp salt in a bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • 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.               
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
This is the best traditional lasagna I've ever made.  My mouth was watering when the sauce was cooking.  Well...worth...the...wait!  Stop what you're doing right now and go make this recipe!!!!

6 comments:

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  2. This is almost the same sauce I make. Love your idea for the noodles. That skips a step for a big pot of boiling water. Thanks.

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  3. Such a hearty meal you have there!

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  4. I don't doubt your claims as best lasagna - looks hearty rich and delicious
    Truly italian :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    LAtest: Choc Truffle Chunk Muffins + Surprise Choc Cookies

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  5. Thank you so much for your lasagna recipe, sure sounds like the World's Best, wish me luck in the kitchen.

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  6. Looks great, I'm slobbering.

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