Hearty Lasagna

Though this recipe may take a little extra time, it is worth the wait. Enjoy this lasagna for any special occasion, or if you’re just in the mood for Italian.

Ingredients: 1 pound of Italian sausage 1 pound of ground beef 1/2 cup of chopped onions 2 cloves of garlic chopped 1 (28 ounce) can of crushed tomatoes 2 (8 ounce) cans of tomato sauce 2 (6 ounce) cans of tomato paste 1/2 Cup of Water 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon fennel seed 2 teaspoons fresh Basil leaves chopped 4 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 23 ounces of ricotta cheese 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg 1 egg 1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 12 lasagna noodles

Total Cook and Prep Time: 3 hours Serves 12

Combine: 1 pound of beef 1 pound of Italian sausage 1/2 cup chopped onions 2 cloves of garlic chopped

Mix: well together and brown for 7 to 9 minutes

Add: 1 (28 ounce) can of crushed tomatoes 2 (8 ounce) cans of tomato sauce 2 (6 ounce) cans of tomato paste 1/2 cup of water Mix gently into meat mixture

Add: 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon fennel seed 2 teaspoons fresh Basil leaves chopped 3 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper Gently stir into the sauce

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Cook sauce for: 1 hour 30 minutes Stir occasionally To avoid a mess, we suggest covering the sauce with a lid

Soak lasagna noodles: in hot tap water for 15 minutes

Combine: 23 ounces of ricotta cheese ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg 1 egg 1 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley chopped

Mix Ingredients: until the mixture appears smooth and creamy

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Spread: 2 ½ cups of meat sauce in a 9x13 pan

Place: the noodles on top of the meat sauce

Spread: half of the ricotta cheese mixture and half of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over noodles

Spread: 2 ½ cups of meat sauce over the parmesan cheese Lay the next layer of noodles

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Layer: the remaining ricotta cheese mixture, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese, saving some cheese for the top of lasagna

Cover: with foil and bake for 25 minutes for 350° oven Remove foil and continue baking for another 25 minutes

Remove lasagna from oven: Allow the lasagna to cool for five minutes Slice and serve (serves 12 people)

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This lasagna recipe was tested, modified, and brought to you by

Justin Valenti, Iryna Lindhag, Dianna Niemann, & Olivia Spencer