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The World’s Best Lasagna Recipe

This past weekend, I volunteered to make dinner for a family in our neighborhood.  As soon as I offered to do this, my mind started running wild.  (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.)

 

“I don’t want to do the cliche casserole dish,” I thought.

“What would make good leftovers?”

“Do they have food allergies?”

“What if they’re vegetarian?”

“How many people are in their family?”

After learning that the family did not have any food allergies or special diets, I decided to make lasagna.  Who doesn’t love a good lasagna? Plus, they make great leftovers.  I didn’t have a favorite lasagna recipe so I decided to visit allrecipes.com and the first lasagna recipe to pop up was “World’s Best Lasagna” by John Chandler.  This recipe has 5 out of 5 stars, has 4,664 reviews, has been saved by 168,068 people… I knew it had to be pretty amazing. So, I forgot about my vegetarian diet for a few hours and made some meat.

I served the lasagna with french bread, salad, Paula Deen’s Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies and sparkling Lemonade.  Hopefully they liked it, I know Dallan and our dinner guests did.

Disclaimer: I forgot to take a picture of the lasagna right after it came out of the oven so, unfortunately, you guys get a room temperature picture of the last piece left in the pan. Sorry.

easy lasagna recipeTHE WORLD’S BEST LASAGNA

Ingredients

  • 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 (I didn’t have fennel seeds, so I used some Herbs de Provence)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4-5 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced (I used some shredded mozzarella too, you could make the whole thing with shredded)
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, 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. {Side note: you know it’s going to be a good lasagna when it takes over 1 1/2 hours to make the sauce.}
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 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.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

 

Makes 12 Servings | Ready in 3 Hours 15 Minutes

 

Happy Baking,

Camberley

  • November 30, 2010 - 10:09 pm

    Vanessa - Hey did you eat any??

  • December 1, 2010 - 9:55 am

    Heather (The Menu Mama) - Yummy! Popular 5 star recipes are always a safe (and delicious) choice!

  • December 1, 2010 - 10:27 am

    Audrey Cooper - Yummy!

    Living Foxy

  • December 1, 2010 - 9:19 pm

    Marianne - Funny–I just printed up this recipe yesterday for next weeks’ menu! I’m glad it’s good…it better be for how much preparation it takes! :)

  • December 2, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    camberley - Marianne-

    It’s SO good! I even added a little extra cheese and parsley. ;)

    -C

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