Thursday, January 6, 2022

Family Lasagna

1 pound sweet sausage

3/4 ground lean beef

1/2 minced onion

2 crushed cloves of garlic

1 can of crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)

2 cans tomato paste (2 ounces)

2 cans tomato sauce (6.5 ounces)

1/2 Water

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon dry basil

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

4 1/2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley 

1 tablespoon red wine

Ricotta (16 ounces)

1 large egg

3/4 pound of mozzarella cheese

¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.

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