WORLD’S BEST LASAGNA
“It takes a little work, but it is worth it.”
Prep: 30 m
Cook: 2 h 30 m
Ready In: 3 h 15 m
1 Pound sweet Italian sausage3/4
Pound lean ground beef1/2
C. minced onion
2 Cloves garlic, crushed
1 (28 Oz.) can crushed tomatoes
2 (6 Oz.) cans tomato paste
2 (6.5 Oz.) cans canned tomato sauce
1/2 C. water
2 Tbsp. white sugar
1 1/2 Tsp. dried basil leaves
1/2 Tsp. fennel seeds
1 Tsp. Italian seasoning
1 1/2 Tsp. salt, divided, or to taste
1/4 Tsp. ground black pepper
4 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
12 Lasagna noodles
16 Oz. ricotta cheese
1 Egg3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
3/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
HOW TO MAKE:
1-In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned.
2-Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water.
3-Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley.
4-Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
5-Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
6-Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes.
7-Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water.
8-In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
9-Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
10-To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
11-Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce.
12-Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture.
13-Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices.
14-Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
15-Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
16-Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
17-Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
18-Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes.
19-Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.
Per Serving: 448 calories; 21.3 g fat; 36.5 g carbohydrates; 29.7 g protein; 82 mg cholesterol; 1400 mg sodium.
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