Baked Lasagna


Prep Time: 20 Mins

Cook Time 1.5 Hours

Total Time: 1Hr 50Mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage (Optional)
  • 1 medium onion -chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves -minced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (6 oz.) cans tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons salt 
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley 
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 15 oz. (1 3/4 cups) whole milk Ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 lasagna noodles

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    • Make the meat sauce. Add beef and sausage to a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until meat is browned, about 6-8 minutes. Drain the fat from the meat. Return the meat to the skillet.
    • Add the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water, sugar, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon basil, and the black pepper. Stir until well combined. Cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the sauce for 30 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the minced parsley.
    • As the sauce cooks, make the ricotta mixture. In a large bowl, add 1 cup mozzarella, the ricotta, 1/4 cup parmesan, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, the egg, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, and 1/2 teaspoon basil. Stir until well incorporated.
    • Cook the pasta al dente, according to it’s package directions.
    • Assemble the lasagna. In a 13x9 inch baking dish, add a very thin layer of meat sauce (about 1/4 cup). Layer 3 lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the ricotta mixture, and 1 1/2 (level) cups of meat sauce. Repeat the layers twice.
    • Add a final layer of the remaining noodles, meat sauce, 1 cup mozzarella, and 1/4 cup parmesan.
    • Cover with foil that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil. Bake 15 more minutes.
    • Let the lasagna cool for 15-20 minutes before cutting.