Lasagna is a favorite at family dinners because nearly everyone loves it and it does feed a lot of people. Not only that but the presentation is quite fun as well. To make this staple dish even more exciting, there are few special ingredients in Trisha Yearwood’s lasagna.
To start with this recipe relies on a mixture of ground sausage and ground beef. You may have been using one or the other for your lasagnas, but together the flavor they create is really delicious. Once these two meats are browned in a pan then pour in a can of fire roasted tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound lean ground beef chuck
1 pound sage-flavored sausage, in bulk or removed from casing
1 pound sliced pepperoni
One 16-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
One 12-ounce can tomato paste
1 tablespoon dried oregano
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
16 ounces lasagna noodles
16 ounces ricotta cheese
16 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup grated Parmesan
In a large, heavy skillet over medium heat, add the oil and lightly brown the ground beef and sausage. Be sure to keep the meat chunky, not finely separated, while cooking. Add the pepperoni, tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic, onion and 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook the lasagna noodles according to the package directions and drain.
In the bottom of a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan, spread a layer of the prepared sauce. Top with a layer of the lasagna noodles and the ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Repeat, ending with the sauce, noodles and cheeses.
Bake until lightly browned and bubbling, about 40 minutes. Allow the dish to stand for 15 minutes before serving. Cut the lasagna into 3-inch squares and serve.
Adapted from “Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood” by Trisha Yearwood