I'm making it for a special dinner for my boyfriend. Nothing too fancy, sort of traditional but amazing tasting. Something with sausage and ground beef in it, but I might spice it up and use hot italian sausage instead because he likes spicy food. Good idea? Anyone's opinions are appreciated, even if it's not the recipe I requested :p just trying to make things special.
* 1 pound sweet Italian sausage * 3/4 pound lean ground beef * 1/2 cup minced onion * 2 cloves garlic, crushed * 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes * 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste * 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce * 1/2 cup water * 2 tablespoons white sugar * 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves * 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds * 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning * 1 tablespoon salt * 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper * 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley * 12 lasagna noodles * 16 ounces ricotta cheese * 1 egg * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced * 3/4 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, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. 2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. 3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese. 5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
Shortcut Lasagna INGREDIENTS 1 pound bulk Italian sausage 1 (14 ounce) jar meatless spaghetti sauce 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 1/2 cup water 1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 uncooked lasagna noodles 1 cup ricotta cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Shortcut-Lasagna/Detail.aspx
I use:equal amounts of ground beef and italian sausage, while the meat is browning, I add generous amounts of italian seasoning garlic, minced onion, and salt and pepper. Let it simmer next step, then I add two cans of your choice of spaghetti sauce, I use barilla. Keep sauce simmering, next boil lasagna. In a 9 by 13 pan layer your pasta, meat and mozzarella cheese. after about four layers I cover the top with plenty of shredded colby jack cheese sprinkled with pepper and top it off with slices of pepperoni ! cover with tin foil and bake for 30 min @350 , served with a lettuce salad and garlic bread you have a great Italian meal.
This is the most fabulous lasagna. I have been making it for years and whenever I have a party, people hope that I made a few of them. Here's the recipe. You can use spicy sausage instead of sweet.http://www.easy-groundmeat-recipes.com/Best-Lasagna-Casserole.htmlHere is also is a baked ziti recipe that taste very much like lasagna. It's amazing.http://www.easy-groundmeat-recipes.com/Ultimate-Baked-Ziti.html