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Grandma’s Best Lasagna Recipe

Grandma’s Best Lasagna Recipe

If you have an Italian grandmother, you know what I’m talking about when it comes to pasta, specifically lasagna.  Here is a favorite loved by all.

Ingredients for Lasagna Recipe

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground sirloin
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 28-oz cans Italian peeled tomatoes, finely chopped, juices reserved
  • 1 28-oz can tomato puree
  • 2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 thyme sprigs, tied together with kitchen string
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 pounds fresh ricotta
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped basil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound packaged whole-milk mozzarella, shredded (3 cups)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 12 dried lasagna noodles

Step 1

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • In large pan, break up chuck and sirloin into large chunks with olive oil.
  • Stir in garlic, oregano, pepper, and tomato paste until coated.
  • Add tomatoes and juices, tomato puree, chicken stock, bay leaves, thyme, and sugar, and bring to boil.
  • Simmer over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  • While simmering, cook sausage meat in large skillet until browned, break into 1/2-inch pieces.
  • Remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs from sauce mixture.

Step 2

  • In large bowl, mix ricotta, parsley, basil, 1/4 cup of parmesan, and 2/3 of mozzarella and beat in egg.
  • Cook lasagna noodles and dry between layers of paper towels.Grandmas best lasagna recipe

Step 3

  • Layer sauce, noodles, ricotta mixture, and sausage into 9×13-inch glass casserole dish.
  • Continue layering until mixture runs out.
  • Top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan.

Step 4

  • Bake lasagna recipe for 45 minutes, or until golden.
  • Let cool for 20 minutes.

Buon Appetito!

 

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