When I was growing up we used to have family dinners every Sunday and huge holiday gatherings. Generations all gathered under one roof. Life was steeped in traditions. I remember our dining room packed with family. My mom, dad, grandparents, aunts and uncles and all the cousins. What was it like when you were growing up? One family dish that has stood the test of time passed on in the family is our lasagna recipe. But, unlike my grandma’s generation we just don’t have all day to make the traditional sauces. Today I’m sharing a my version of my families lasagna recipe. It’s similar but, quicker and easier with the help of this sauce.
When I make lasagna I make a smaller size for dinner and a larger one to freeze and heat up when we have company. This way I have more time to visit with my family when they come to visit. When everyone gets together it’s just like the old days. Generations gathered under one roof. A dining room packed with family enjoying a delicious homemade cooked lasagna. Only easier.
Easy Lasagna Recipe With Meat Sauce
The first steps are to get your meats cooking. One pound of ground sausage. Use your favorites like sweet Italian, breakfast sausage or other. Cook on medium heat until no longer pink. Stirring occasionally. I also cook 1.5lb. of extra lean ground beef. When done remove any excess grease, fat.
Now you’ll need to put on your water for noodles if cooking them prior to assembling your lasagna. You will skip this step if your using no boil noodles. In a large bowl you will make a ricotta cheese mixture. It has 3 cups ricotta cheese, 1 tbsp. dried parsley, 2 tsp. Italian herb mixture, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and 1 egg. Add all together and stir until mixed.
When I don’t have time to create my own sauces that take hours to make I pick up Ragu sauces. For my family they are tried and true. No artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. Ragu is steeped in tradition too. Did you know sauce’s recipe was created by an Italian woman named Assunta Cantisano? She came to America as a single mother with her families tomato sauce recipe in her pocket. Assunta’s recipe for sauce was always slowly simmered, full of flavors and made with fresh grown ingredients. This is the sauce you know as Ragu. Much like my homemade sauce it’s a go to.
Easy Homemade Lasagna With Meat Sauce
- 1 pound ground sausage
- 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
- 2 lb. mozzarella cheese
- 32 oz. ricotta cheese
- 2 jars Ragu Hearty Traditional
- Italian herbs mix
- Dried parsley
- 1 egg
- Parmesan cheese
- Olive oil
- Large Package Lasagna Noodles
Cook your meats until no longer pink. Drain off any extra grease.
Add your 2 jars of sauce to the meat, put on low/simmer. Stirring occasionally.
Boil your water
Mix together your Ricotta mixture: In a large bowl you will make a ricotta cheese mixture. It has 3 cups ricotta cheese, 1 tbsp. dried parsley, 2 tsp. Italian herb mixture, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and 1 egg. Add all together and stir until mixed. Set to side until needed.
When water has boiled. Follow directions and cook your noodles. When done drain noodles and rinse with cold water.
Assemble your lasagna.
•Layer sauce covering bottom of pan.
•Layer noodles on top of sauce
•Add another layer of sauce on top of noodles
•Add ricotta cheese mixture spooned alternately on noodles with sauce
•Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese
•Repeat until done
•Final layer finish with noodles, sauce mozzarella cheese a sprinkle of Italian herbs.
•Optional sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese
Cover your lasagna pans tent style closed at bottoms against pan.
Bake at 350 degrees until bubbling hot and cheeses are melted. Take out of oven let rest a few minutes. Serve with salad and garlic bread. Bon Appetite!
This recipe makes 1- 11 3/4" x 9 3/8" pan and 1-7.5" x 12" pan ( pans were approximately 2" deep ) You can make it in advance up to 2 days. Freeze assembled but, uncooked and well wrapped. I typically don't keep them more than a few months. See Food Safety guidelines for freezing and storage.
How to Assemble Lasagna Recipe
- Layer sauce covering bottom of pan.
- Layer noodles on top of sauce
- Add another layer of sauce on top of noodles
- Add ricotta cheese mixture spooned alternately on noodles with sauce
- Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese
- Repeat until done
- Final layer finish with noodles, sauce mozzarella cheese a sprinkle of Italian herbs.
- Optional sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese
It’s really easy to put together lasagna. After you’ve done it a few times you can do it in no time flat.
I promise to share how to layer and assemble lasagna in images really soon. Until then just follow the directions, it’s easy.
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