A few years ago I posted Lois’s Grandma’s Italian Lasagna recipe. That recipe was my go to lasagna for years. But, as usual my mind wondered, and I decided to dial it up to eleven. As a result of my efforts I now have a super easy recipe which will provide you the Best Lasagna Ever!
This recipe is good for a dinner party, large family, or to freeze leftovers.
recipe serves ten using two baking pans.
2 packages lasagna noodles.
1 lb. ground beef.
1 lb. ground pork.
1/2 lb. Italian pork hot sausage.
1 lb ricotta cheese.
1 lb mozzarelle cheese.
1 cup parmesan cheese.
28 oz can crushed tomatoes.
12 oz can tomato paste.
14 oz can stewed tomatoes.
1 cup red wine.
1 medium onion – diced.
4 cloves garlic – minced.
1 Tbsp dry basil.
1/2 tsp salt.
1/4 tsp allspice.
1 bay leaf.
4 loaves sourdough bread (use my garlic spread recipe at table to knock it out of the park).
Heat a large fry pan to medium high heat. Add ground pork, beef, and after removing casing the Italian sausage. Break the meat up with spatiual and brown. When done, spoon out excess fat.
To meat add onions and garlic and sauté. When done add meat and onion mixture to a large pot.
To the meat pot add all tomato cans, and wine. Stir to mix. Add basil, allspice, salt and stir to mix. Add bay leaf. Bring contents to boil and then reduce to strong simmer/low boil. Leave the meat sauce uncovered and reduce until sauce thickens (at least an hour maybe more).
When the meat sauce is getting close, heat a large pot of water (better to do two) and when boiling add noodles and cook per box instruction.
While the noodles cook, mix the ricotta cheese and two eggs in a mixing bowl.
When noodles are done, drain water and place noodles on a greased cookie sheet so they do not stick.
To your 9 x 13 inch backing pans spread butter on bottom and sides. Spread one tablespoon of meat sauce on bottom and then put down a layer of noodles. Do same to other baking pan.
Add one-third of the meat sauce evenly between both pans, and then do same with ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Lay down a second layer of noodles and repeat the addition of meat and cheese. Lay down a third layer of all ingredients, reserving some mozzarella. Top each pan with a layer of noodles and spread mozzarella over top.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put lasagna pans in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing into servings.
While the lasagna sets up, slice, butter and garlic once wrapped in aluminum foil heat your bread in oven at 150 degrees, and make a salad.
And then, its showtime!
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Good Eating and Table Talk,