Discover how to make a classic homestyle lasagna that’s filled with rich flavors and comforting goodness. This step-by-step recipe guides you through creating a meaty red sauce, creamy cheese filling, and perfectly baked layers that will make your dinner table a place of joy. Experience the comforting delight of lasagna at Ineskohl Kitchen, where flavor meets tradition!
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Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
For the Meat Sauce:
- 3/4 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
- 3/4 pound ground beef
- 7 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 6 ounces of tomato paste
- 28 ounces of crushed tomatoes
- 15 ounces of tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
For the Pasta:
- 12 lasagna sheets
For the Cheese Sauce:
- 15 ounces fresh ricotta
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 16 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- Preheat Oven: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Prepare Meat Sauce: In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown the sausage and ground beef, breaking them up with the back of a spoon for 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic and onion, cooking for 5 more minutes. Stir in tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, Italian seasoning, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 25 minutes until thickened.
- Cook Pasta: Meanwhile, cook the lasagna sheets according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.
- Prepare Cheese Sauce: In a large bowl, mix ricotta, egg, parsley, salt, and pepper until well combined.
- Assemble Lasagna: In a 9×13 inch casserole dish, layer the meat sauce, pasta sheets, cheese sauce, and fresh mozzarella, ending with meat sauce. Top with Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil.
- Bake: Place the lasagna in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes until golden. Optional: broil for 2-3 minutes for added color.
- Rest and Serve: Allow the lasagna to rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve hot with a side of salad or steamed veggies.
- Feel free to customize the recipe with your favorite herbs or spices.
- If making ahead, assemble, then freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking.
This lasagna is sure to be a hit at your next family gathering or a comforting meal on a chilly evening. Its layers of meaty sauce, creamy cheese, and perfectly cooked pasta create a symphony of flavors that’s satisfying and scrumptious. Enjoy it with a fresh green salad for a complete meal. Happy cooking from the Ineskohl Kitchen!
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