I’m sure you all think you’ve got the best lasagna recipe. And I’m sure your lasagna is delicious! Here is my personal favorite recipe – full of flavor, easy to put together, and the leftovers always taste even better than the day before.
World’s Best Lasagna
1 lb spicy Italian sausage
3/4 lb lean ground beef
(optional 1/2 cup minced onion – we’re all allergic)
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 (28oz) can crushed or diced tomatoes
2 (6oz) cans tomato paste
2 (6.5oz) cans tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 T white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 T salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 T chopped fresh parsley
12 lasagna noodles
16 oz cottage cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 lb mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1. On the stovetop, cook sausage, ground beef, (onion), and garlic over medium heat until browned. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Add sugar, basil, italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for 1.5 hrs. (I know this sounds like a long time but that’s what makes this dish taste SO GOOD. You can set it and forget it.
2. Boil lasagna noodles for 8-10 minutes. Drain & rinse with cold water.
3. In a separate bowl, combine cottage cheese, egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
5. Assemble! Spread 1.5 cup meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Spread about 4 noodles (or as many as will comfortably fit) across the meat. Spread half of the cottage cheese mixture over top. Top with a third of the mozzarella. Spoon another 1.5 cup of meat sauce over the mozzarella, sprinkle 1/4 cup parmesan on top. Repeat the layers – Meat, noodles, cottage cheese, mozzarella, meat, parmesan. Top with the rest of the mozzarella and parmesan.
6. Cover with foil, but make sure your foil doesn’t touch the top layer of cheese.
7. Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool before serving to help the layers stick together.
This recipe freezes well! I like to cut the leftovers into individual portions and freeze so people can take it for easy lunch. Enjoy!