Recipe – Classic Meat Lasagna

Few things are as delicious as a plate of warm lasagna. This quintessential Italian dish combines meat, pasta, and cheese in a way that hits the taste buds just right. Although at-home cooks can find lasagna a bit intimidating to prepare, it need not be difficult!

Basic Recipe Information

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 60 minutes
  • Approximate Number of Servings: 9

Required Equipment

  • 13 x 9-inch (33 x 23 cm) baking dish
  • Medium to large Skillet
  • Bowl (for beating eggs)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 grams) ground beef
  • 1/2 pound (225 grams) Italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 jars (25-ounce/710-gram jars) of tomato sauce
  • 9 No-boil lasagna noodles
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups (270 grams) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (45 grams) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup (90 grams) ricotta cheese

(Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) parsley
  • 1/2 (2.5 mL) teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 (1.2 mL) teaspoon ground pepper

Preparation Directions

  • Preheat oven to 3500 F (1770 C)
  • Cook and crumble beef and sausage in skillet until no longer pink
  • Add 4 cups (960 mL) tomato sauce to skillet; stir until well-mixed
  • In a separate bowl, lightly beat three eggs. This is where you’ll mix in the cheeses – add them and stir. Parsley, salt and pepper are optional, so add them and stir to taste.
  • Next, spread some of the meat sauce from step 3 along the bottom of your 13 x 9 inch (33 x 23 cm) baking dish
  • Take 3 lasagna noodles, and spread part of your cheese mixture from step 4 over the noodles
  • Top cheese layer with more meat sauce, then three more noodles
  • Add another cheese layer, and top with remaining noodles
  • If desired, drizzle a bit of meat sauce on top of your now structured lasagna
  • Cover lasagna with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Carefully remove from oven, remove foil, and bake for another 15 minutes and remove.
  • Be sure to let the lasagna stand for 10 – 15 minutes before serving – its structure is very good at trapping heat so it needs some time to cool down.
  • Serve!

This recipe is a basic way to create lasagna, and it works.

As for garnish, add salt, pepper, basil, or parsley as desired. Different people have different tastes and may feel the dish needs a bit of one of these or is fine as is.

That being said, you really can’t go wrong with a bit of light garnish in the form of salt, pepper, basil, or parsley, or a combination of these. You may prefer them as toppings rather than being part of your cheese mix.

For sides, try garlic bread or arugula salad with some parmesan sprinkled on top to complete that Italian feel.


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