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Absolute Best Ever Lasagna!!!

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This absolute best ever beef lasagna recipe comes to us via my sister and brother-in-law. This is the ultimate meat lasagna!

Three layers of deliciously rich, luscious meat sauce, creamy cheesy ricotta (no cottage cheese here!), and perfectly cooked noodles. You honestly would have a hard time finding something better at a restaurant. This dish delivers!

Also, keep reading for the trick to getting a perfect portion cut every time. The most time-consuming step is making the meat sauce. But the sauce is what makes this lasagna amazing! Although we were raised in a large Italian family there was never an authentic lasagna sauce recipe delivered to our table. *gasp* Shocking, I know!

In a large dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef and hot Italian sausage. Drain excess fat, add the pepperoni and cook about 1 minute.

Add the onion, garlic, parsley, and fennel. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, fresh basil, bay leaves, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, add the wine.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Add the mushrooms and simmer another 30 minutes (if doubling the recipe, simmer longer). Around this time the kitchen starts to smell WONDERFUL! The tomato sauce is simmering away so this is usually when I am pouring a glass of wine.

Dipping some freshly baked bread into some olive oil and red pepper flakes usually happens too. Cooking should be an experience, right?

Simple, easy and cheesy! My whole family loves this recipe so much. If it were for them, I’d be making this every day! Give it a shot, you’ll love it!To Make this Recipe You’ Will Need the following ingredients:

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Ingredients->

1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1/2 lb Italian sausage
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
24 ounces cottage cheese or 24 ounces ricotta cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons parsley
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 lb mozzarella cheese, divided
12 -15 lasagna noodles

Directions->

1 Brown ground beef, Italian sausage, onion and garlic.
2 Add salt and next 5 ingredients; stirring until well mixed.
3 Simmer 1 hour.
4 Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
5 Spray a 13 x 9″ baking pan with cooking spray.
6 Combine cottage cheese, eggs, pepper, 2 tablespoons parsley, Parmesan cheese and 1/2 of mozzarella cheese; In a lasagna pan, layer noodles, meat sauce, and cheese mixture; repeat.
7 Top off with layer of noodles; sprinkle evenly with remaining mozzarella cheese.
8 Bake at 375F for 30 to 40 minutes, or until cheese mixture is thoroughly melted.
Servings 1-12

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