Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce Recipe

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Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce Recipe

This recipe calls for no-boil noodles for this popular dish- they’re a real time saver. Layer them straight from the package with lots of sauce; as the lasagna bakes and absorbs the liquid, the pasta will soften and expand. If your package contains 15 noodles, use an extra noodle in the first 3 layers when assembling lasagna.

How To Make Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Your classic lasagna recipe that's oozing with a delicious meaty sauce before being smothered in a bed of delicious cheese.

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 1 hr 5 mins
Total: 1 hr 35 mins
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Meat Sauce:

  • 8 oz sweet Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 8 oz lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28 oz whole tomatoes in juice, + 1 14 1/2-16 oz. can
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped

Cheese Filling:

  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 15 oz part skim ricotta cheese
  • 4 oz part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (1 C.)
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 8 oz lasagna noodles, no-boil (12 noodles)


To prepare Meat Sauce:

  1. Heat 4 quart saucepan over medium high heat until hot.
  2. Add sausage and ground beef, and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  3. Add onion and cook until meat is browned and onion is tender, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking up sausage with side of spoon.
  4. Pour off drippings from saucepan.
  5. Add garlic to meat mixture in saucepan and cook 1 minutes.
  6. Stir in tomatoes with their juice, tomato paste, and salt, breaking up tomatoes with spoon; heat to boiling.
  7. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Stir in basil. Makes about 6 cups sauce.
  9. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix egg, pepper, ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/2 cup Parmesan until blended.
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Into 13x9-inch glass baking dish, evenly spoon 2 cup sauce.

  11. Arrange 3 noodles over sauce, making sure noodles do not touch sides of dish (they will expand).
  12. Top with 1 ¼ cups ricotta mixture, 3 noodles, and 2 cups sauce.

  13. Arrange 3 noodles on top; spread with remaining ricotta mixture.
  14. Top with remaining noodles and remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.
  15. If making a day ahead, cover and refrigerate.
  16. Cover lasagna with foil and bake 30 minutes (1 hour if refrigerated) or until hot and bubbly.
  17. Let lasagna stand 10 minutes for easier serving.
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