Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna

Servings: 8

Ingredients

Lasagna

  • 15 lasagna noodles
  • 500 g ricotta cheese
  • 300 g mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Sauce

  • 500 g sweet Italian sausage
  • 300 g pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 796 mL crushed tomatoes
  • 369 mL tomato paste
  • 369 mL tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt

Optional

  • 2 cups brown mushrooms sliced
  • 300 g spinach

Instructions

Sauce

  • In a large pot, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, mushrooms, and garlic over medium heat until the meat is browned and the onion is translucent.
  • Add all the tomatoes, water, sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, chili powder, 2 tsp salt, and black pepper. Simmer, covered, for 1.5 hours. Stir occasionally.
  • Steam the spinach for about 2 minutes. Set aside.
  • With 10 minutes left in the cooking time, stir the spinach into the sauce.

Lasagna

  • Preheat oven to 375 °F.
  • Boil the lasagna noodles in salted water for 8-10 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Spread a layer of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9" x 13" casserole dish. Put down a layer of 5 noodles. Add 1/3 of the ricotta mixture, 1/3 of the mozzarella, more meat sauce, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat twice, for 3 layers, using up all of the ingredients.
  • Cover with foil, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake for an additional 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, and cool for 15 minutes before serving.