This lasagna was from the first time I took a group of my friends up to the new lake spot. While the boys went out to snowboard for the day, the girls hung back to drink wine and cook. A classic winter recipe was the perfect choice to warm up a big group!
1 pound mild Italian sausage
1 pound lean ground beef
½ small white onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 tube of tomato paste
2 (6.5-ounce) cans tomato sauce
½ cup water
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper (plus more to taste)
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
12 lasagna noodles
16 ounces ricotta cheese
¾ pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, oregano, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Flavor develops over time, so try to do the full hour!
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8-10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water.
3. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley and a pinch of salt.
4. To assemble the lasagna, spread 1½ cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Sprinkle 1/2 cup Parmesan. Repeat. These measurements can be played around with - whatever looks good to you!
5. Spray foil with cooking spray (to avoid sticking) and cover lasagna. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and baking an additional 25 minutes.
6. IMPORTANT STEP - Let stand for 15 minutes before serving! Cut into squares and enjoy.
Takes about 2 1/2 hours; serves around 8 hungry snow bunnies.