• Author: Bela
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 40 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: Italian


Just the World’s Best Lasagna recipe. The ultimate Italian comfort food with layers of pasta, hearty meat cause, creamy ricotta cheese and gooey mozzarella



  1. 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  2. 3/4 pound lean ground beef
  3. 1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage
  4. 1/2 cup onion, minced
  5. 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  6. two 6 ounce cans tomato paste
  7. two 6.5 ounce cans canned tomato sauce (or one 15 oz. can)
  8. 1/2 cup water
  9. 2 Tablespoons sugar (optional)
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  11. 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
  12. 2 teaspoons salt
  13. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  14. 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  15. 4 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  16. 12 lasagna noodles, regular or no cook. I usually use no cook noodles.
  17. 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  18. 1 egg
  19. 3/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  20. 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
  21. 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In a large Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until cooked through and browned.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water, and stir everything together.
  • Add sugar, basil, fennel seeds (if using), Italian seasoning, 2 teaspoons salt, pepper, and 2 Tablespoons parsley, and stir to combine.
  • Simmer, covered, for at least 1½ hours, stirring occasionally. I usually try to simmer for as long as possible.
  • If using regular lasagna noodles, cook according to package instructions and drain.
  • In a bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, egg, remaining parsley, and ½ teaspoon salt.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • To layer the lasagna, spread 1½ cups of the sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange a single layer of noodles over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Spoon another 1½ cups meat sauce over the cheese.
  • Add another layer of noodles, the rest of the ricotta mixture, half of the remaining mozzarella, and another 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Add another layer of 1 1/2 cups of sauce and a final layer of noodles.
  • Top with another 1 1/2 cups sauce and the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  • Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes.
  • Cool for 15 minutes before serving.


  • Calories: 449kcal
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Sodium: 1639mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 31g
  • Cholesterol: 98mg

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