Lasagna is Italian comfort food. One of the most popular recipes on The Brooklyn Mom is my Authentic Italian Sunday Sauce. The comments I have received is, not only is the sauce recipe delicious. but that its the authenticity and it being an adapted original family recipe that people really relate and respond to. While my focus is generally on easy, healthier recipes, because of this I have started sharing some of the more traditional Italian recipes that are a part of my family. This is my go to authentic Homemade Lasagna Recipe!
PIN IT!! Save your favorite recipes to Pinterest. Follow The Brooklyn Mom on Pinterest for more recipe lol ideas and healthy living tips!
Every family has their holiday traditions and foods. In my family, we make Homemade Manicotti on Easter Sunday and Homemade Lasagna on Christmas Day. I do make lasagna for Sunday Dinners throughout the year, as it is definitely one of my family’s favorites! I use no boil lasagna noodles because they are so much easier and you can’t tell the difference between these and the ones you have to boil first.
Don’t be intimidated if you have never made a lasagna before. This is an easy lasagna recipe that anyone can make, but it does take some time from start to finish which is why it is usually reserved for Sunday Dinners or Holidays! This is a quick homemade meat sauce, not like a Sunday Sauce that you cook for several hours, using a combination of ground beef and ground sausage. I love this flavor combination in an Italian Red Sauce for homemade lasagna. I like to use San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes. They are the most delicious and authentic in both taste and texture. They are available in most grocery stores, as well as on Amazon
TIP: You can make a lasagna ahead of time and freeze it!
Let’s talk Lasagna Pans…I have had the same one I got at my bridal shower 16 years ago. It’s an All Clad Lasagna Pan and it still looks brand new after many years of use!
I get all of my meat from Butcher Box Meat Delivery Box service and I absolutely LOVE it! Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, humanely raised pork, and wild-caught seafood directly to your door. Choose from four different curated boxes or completely customize your own box based on your and your family’s tastes. Plus you get a FREE Meat Bundle with your first order!
How to make the best homemade Lasagna….
- For the sauce:
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, sliced thin
- 1 1/2 pounds grass fed ground beef
- 1 1/2 pounds ground sausage
- 2 Cans Organic crushed tomatoes
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- For The Filling
- 1 16 ounce container Part Skim Ricotta cheese
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup Grated parmigiano cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- To Assemble
- 1 Box (16) of No Boil lasagna noodles
- 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Start by making the sauce:
Heat Oil in a large sauce pot. Add onions and saute for a few minutes until softened. Add garlic and cook another minute.
- Add the ground beef and ground sausage to the pot, breaking up the large pieces with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and black pepper. Cook until the meat is no longer pink
- Add the crushed tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes
Make the Filling
Combine the Ricotta, Egg, Parmesan Cheese, Parsley, Salt and Pepper together in a large bowl and set aside
Assemble the Lasagna
Preheat the Oven to 375 degrees
Spread enough sauce to the lasagna pan to cover the bottom
Place 4 Lasagna Noodles on top of the sauce, slightly overlapping
Top with 1/3 of the ricotta mixture, 2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese, and 1 1/2 Cups of Sauce
Top with 4 More Lasagna Noodles, 1/3 of the Ricotta Mixture and 2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
Top with 4 More Lasagna Noodles, the remaining RIcotta Mixture, remaining Parmesan Cheese, and 1 1/2 cups of Sauce
Top with the remaining 4 Lasagna Noodles, the remaining sauce and sprinkle with the Mozzarella Cheese
Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes , or until the top is bubbling
Let the Lasagna sit for 15 minutes before serving