Classic Homemade Lasagna with Ricotta and Mozzarella
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 pound ground beef
1 pound Italian sausage
28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
2 cans of 6.5 oz. tomato sauce
6 ounces tomato paste
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1/4 cup sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
12 lasagna noodles
16 ounces ricotta cheese
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
Cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic in a Dutch oven over medium heat until well browned.
Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water. Season with sugar, 2 tablespoons parsley, basil, 1 teaspoon salt, Italian seasoning, fennel seeds, and pepper.
Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes.
Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water.
In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with 1/2 of the ricotta cheese mixture.
Top with 1/3 of the 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.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 25 minutes.
Rest lasagna for 15 minutes before serving.
Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 2 hours | Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Kcal: 624 kcal | Servings: 12 servings