The first time I tried this recipe for lasagna was over eight years ago and it quickly become a family favorite. It is one of the first recipes that I made from It had so many rave reviews that I just couldn’t pass it up. A little tweaking here and there has made this recipe my go to comforting Italian dish.

Thin layers of pasta sheets layered with a rich homemade meat sauce and three types of cheese. Twelve layers of pure comfort food at its finest! :) Serve this lasagna up with a giant slice of garlic bread for a meal that will have everyone coming back for seconds!


Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes


1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
6 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
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped, divided
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked
16 ounces ricotta cheese
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced, divided
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divide


In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally.
In the last 30 minutes of simmering time, soak lasagna noodles in a large bowl of very hot tap water, making sure the noodles are completely submerged.
In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, nutmeg, egg, salt and remaining 2 tablespoons of parsley.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
To assemble the lasagna, spread a ⅓ of the meat sauce into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange 4 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread ⅓ of the ricotta cheese mixture over the noodles. Top with ⅓ of mozzarella cheese slices and ¼ cup of parmesan cheese. Repeat 2 more layers, finishing with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese layer.
Spray one side of a piece of foil with non-stick cooking spray (to prevent the cheese from sticking) and cover the dish.
Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Source: adapted from Allrecipes


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20 Responses to “Lasagna”

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    Heidi @ homeingreece — April 9, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    It sounds absolutely heavenly!!! I would gladly have seconds… or thirds…. Lasagna might be the ultimate comfort food – just looking at the photos makes me feel warm and fuzzy hahaha.

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    my recent favorite books — April 9, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    I love lasagna, this sounds so good!

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — April 9, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    Yum, love lasagne, this version sounds wonderful!

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    thekalechronicles — April 9, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    How funny — I almost posted lasagna yesterday and chose to post quiche instead. I love Italian sausage in lasagna and like the idea of amping up the fennel flavor with fennel seeds as you have done here.

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    nijah06 — April 9, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    I have been craving lasagna especially spinach and cheese lasangna
    yours look darn good.

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    Villy — April 9, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    Wow! They look amazing! You did a great job!!

  7. #
    ChgoJohn — April 9, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    This looks delicious, Christina, and with that ingredient list, it must taste good, too. Easy to see how this became a family favorite.

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — April 9, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    I love recipes that you turn to again and again. I can see why you love this one.

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    Janine — April 9, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    I’m glad I popped by because your recipe is so detailed and easy to follow :)

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    kyleen — April 9, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    That is one monster lasagna–twelve layers! It looks so comforting and delicious.

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    Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious) — April 10, 2012 @ 12:06 am

    Lasagna is one of my absolute favorite dishes. Can’t wait to give your version a try!

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    Chica Andaluza — April 10, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    Beautiful, I adore lasagne and this is a great one!

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    imiansmom — April 10, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    Ironically, my favorite is a Weight Watchers recipe, and (ready for this?) it’s made in a crock pot! It’s by far the best I’ve had. I was skeptical when I first heard about it, but others raved so much the foodie in me was intrigued, and man, it is so good. Thanks for sharing – I think I’ll give this one a whirl!

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    Stacie — April 10, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    I’ve made this exact recipe from allrecipes many many times… Now I just make the sauce and use it on my other pasta dishes!

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    Yolie — April 10, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    I love this lasagna recipe, I had also found this recipe on allrecipes and it is my favorite recipe for lasagna. This one is really great=0)

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    Just A Smidgen — April 10, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    I love lasagne and so does my family.. this one looks perfect for big family gatherings.. it let’s you do all the work ahead of time so you can enjoy the party too! Love it!

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    Kiri W. — April 12, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    Mmmm, few things beat a classic, perfect slice of lasagna. Earthy, comforting, bright with flavors. Looks delicious! :)

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    Janet@FCTC — April 12, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    Looks wonderful! I think we all have our go to recipe for lasagna and yours looks delicious!

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    kat — April 14, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    that looks so good!! lasagna is the ultimate comfort food and i swear i can eat it for days and never get bored :)

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