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The Best Lasagne Ever

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Author: Susan (Between Naps on the Porch)

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of Italian Sausage OR make your own see below
  • Ingredients to Make Your Own Italian Sausage:
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. pork sausage
  • 1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp. marjoram
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp basil
  • Additional Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp basil
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 12 oz cans tomato paste
  • 3 cups 2 lb carton cream style cottage cheese
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 Tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1, 1 lb Mozzarella cheese grated
  • 8-10 Lasagna noodles cooked

Instructions

  • If you've wish to make your own Italian Sausage, mix together the first 6 ingredients and leave in the refrigerator overnight.
  • The next day, brown your Italian sausage, with garlic and basil. Once browned, dip off any grease that's cooked out.
  • Then mix in tomatoes, parsley, salt and tomato paste.
  • The recipe doesn't call for this but I also add in about 1 to 1 1/2 cans of water (using the tomato paste can) because otherwise the sauce looks too thick to simmer.
  • Let simmer for around 20-30 minutes.
  • Mix together cottage cheese, eggs, parsley, parmesan cheese, pepper and most of the mozzarella cheese, saving some for the top.
  • Place 1/2 (4-5 noodles) in 13 x 9 inch baking dish. It’s fine to spread a little sauce in first if you like, but the recipe says to place the noodles in first…and that’s the way I usually do it.
  • Spread 1/2 cottage cheese mixture over noodles.
  • Sprinkle grated cheese over this.
  • Add 1/2 of meat sauce.
  • Repeat this layer again.
  • Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

This recipe includes “Italian sausage” in addition to ground beef. You could just buy the Italian sausage already made (like Jimmy Dean) or you can make your own with the following recipe. I’ve tried it both ways and I have to say…making your own with this recipe to me tastes much better…and it only takes a sec.