The World’s Best Lasagna!

Oh friends. I’m going to need you to sit down for this.

I have discovered THE ABSOLUTE BEST lasagna recipe known to man.

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I know, I know. Big claim right there.

However…I am completely serious.

Ask my special gentleman, he’s literally been joyfully eating the leftovers for BOTH lunch and dinner for the last 6 days running. (Don’t worry, I won’t be feeding him Italian food for a long time after this!) haha

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But allow me to quote the guy here: After literally chewing with his eyes closed for 10 seconds, he says, “Wow, this is the best thing you’ve ever made.”

I MEAN…..

What a compliment!

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So don’t take my word for it!

And before I get into the recipe, I’ll let you in on the secrets that make this recipe so good…there are 3 biggies.

First: GET YOUR MOZZARELLA SLICED OFF THE BLOCK AT THE DELI!!! If there is ONE THING that you take away from this recipe, it is to use DELI-SLICED, OFF THE BLOCK mozzarella slices in the recipe. I PROMISE, it makes a huge difference. The bagged, pre-shredded mozzarella cheese is coated with and anti-caking agent that doesn’t allow for optimal melting. When you get it sliced at the deli, not only is it super fresh and great at melting, but it is DRY, too. If you use fresh mozzarella (that comes in a ball) – it makes the lasagna too “wet” and it just isn’t that delicious sturdy tower of pasta we all know and love. (And while we’re talking cheese – use WHOLE MILK ricotta, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese…none of that green canned stuff.

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Second: YOU DON’T HAVE TO PRE-BOIL THE NOODLES! And no, I’m not talking about using the “no-bake lasagna noodles.” Frankly, those have a bit of a gummy texture that isn’t pleasant. All you have to do is take your regular ol’ lasagna noodles, and let them soak in hot tap water for at least 30 minutes! Then, they’ll soften up to be baked to perfection! I soaked them in the pan I was going to bake them in. (One less pot to clean! Hooray!)

Third: USE SAN MARZANO TOMATOES! Like I mentioned in my “Top Secret Spaghetti Sauce” recipe, the quality of ingredients matter. And the creme de la creme when it comes to canned tomatoes is….San Marzano tomatoes! Their texture, acidity and sweetness level — are bar none. So use San Marzano Tomato products if you can!

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OK, so now let’s get to the recipe!

Here’s what you need: Makes 8 generous servings

1 lb sweet Italian sausage
1 lb lean ground beef (I used grass fed)
1 large white onion, diced
7 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes (use San Marzano if possible!)
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup white wine (a good one you would drink!)
2 Tbsp white sugar
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 lb lasagna noodles
30 oz whole milk ricotta cheese
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 large egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 lb thinly sliced mozzarella (from the deli, about 26 slices)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Tools:
Large Stock Pot
Lasagna Pan
Mixing bowl
Spatula
Wooden Spoon
Measuring Cups/Spoons
Good Chef’s Knife

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Directions:
TIP: It is helpful to prep/measure out all the ingredients before you begin. In a large stock pot, add the ground sausage and ground beef. Break up the meat into small pieces. Add in the onion and garlic and cook until the meat is well browned, stirring constantly. Then, stir in the sugar, fresh basil, fennel, oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup chopped parsley. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and wine. Mix well, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1-4 hours, stirring occasionally. (I cooked mine for 1 hour because I was pressed for time, but the longer you can let it simmer, the more flavorful it will be!)

Meanwhile, put your lasagna noodles in to a lasagna pan and pour hot tap water over the noodles. Make sure that the noodles are completely covered by the water. Let them soak for at least 30 minutes, then drain and discard the water.

Next, in a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese with your egg, 2 Tbsp parsley, 1/2 tsp salt and nutmeg. Refrigerate until you’re ready to assemble the lasagna.

Preheat the oven to 375. Grease a lasagna pan with butter.

To assemble: spread 1 cup of meat sauce in the bottom of the greased lasagna pan. Place four noodles on top. Spread with 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with 1/4 of the mozzarella cheese slices. Then, spoon 1 1/2 cups of the meat sauce over the mozzarella. Sprinkle that with 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. REPEAT those layers two more times to create three complete layers. To finish, place a final layer of pasta, topped with another 1 cup of meat sauce to cover the pasta. Top with the remaining mozzarella slices and Parmesan cheese. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. (You will have extra sauce and noodles left over. That’s okay — the sauce freezes well for future pasta dishes!)

Bake for 25 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake and additional 25 minutes to allow the cheese to brown.

Let rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

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OK. Let’s talk turkey…or, meat sauce, rather.

This sauce is literally liquid gold.

The combination of the fresh herbs with the fennel and the deep rich tomato flavor from the tomato paste is absolute perfection.

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Then lovingly simmering it low and slow for that time, really allows the flavors to marry and come together. You just can’t replicate that in a jarred sauce you buy at the grocery store.

BUT THE CHEESE.

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Can we just talk about that cheese pull for a second?! THAT, friends…that glorious cheesy stringiness is all thanks to……DELI SLICED MOZZARELLA! You just won’t get that with the preshredded variety, no ma’am!

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It’s rich, it’s perfectly saucy and luxuriously cheesy, with just the right kiss of herbiness, complimented by a finishing sprinkle of chopped fresh basil. Mario Batali, eat your heart out! 😉 Juuuuust kidding 🙂

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So do yourself a favor and MAKE THIS LASAGNA! It is truly the world’s best. 😉 Just ask my special gentleman…he just finished the pan, after a week of glorious leftovers!

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Until tomorrow!

“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5

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47 thoughts on “The World’s Best Lasagna!

  1. Wonderful, my daughter & grandgirls will be down for Easter; I will be testing this one out. You have NOT let me down yet. Thanks, Hugs 🤗 & Love ❤️! 😜

    1. thank you so much HJ! oh yes – you will certainly have some happy campers to test this out! 🙂 Hugs and love xox

    1. aww, oh Galby, treat yourself my friend!! 🙂 thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

    1. thank you so much Kristie!!! oh my gosh the cheese is the best part! you can never have too much!! Hugs and love xox

    1. Thank you so much Alice! Oh yes – the San Marzano tomatoes truly make a difference! The taste is so….tomatoey! hahah Hugs and love xox

  2. Mmmm you’ve got me convinced. I might need to tweak that recipe for my low-cholesterol diet (ricotta which is my favorite is the worst for that). Sounds delicious!

    1. thank you so much Pete! oh yes – though I haven’t tried it with the skim-milk ricotta, I’m sure it would still hit the spot! 🙂 OR – you could use a non-dairy ricotta! i just did a quick search for ya, and this almond milk-based ricotta cheese I’m sure would work beautifully! https://amzn.to/3tWv6Lt thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

    1. awesome!! thanks Sheree!! lasagna really is a trifecta of culinary perfection! 🙂 Hugs and love xox

    1. thank you so much mumjd! 🙂 oh yes – this was really such a treat! Hugs and love xox

  3. First off you two are too cute!!

    I’m always amazed at how you come up with these recipe ingredient ideas..like the wine, I’d have never thought of that!

    1. hahah aw, thanks Ali! you’re kind to say that! yes! the wine gives a little something special! When given the option of adding water, stock or wine…go for the wine! hehe 🙂 happy thursday, and thanks again for stopping by my friend! Hugs and love xox

  4. My bride used to make fun of me for making a pasta salad in college. It would take me a week to finish it off, but saved on cooking and cleaning cookware since all I had to do was serve it up meal by meal. She thought, “How boring to eat the same thing seven days in a row!”
    My reply was always, “If it’s good you can enjoy it forever.”
    Now, 31 years later, I tell her if she ever thinks I am bored living with her, “If it’s good, you can enjoy it forever.” 😊

    1. oh gosh, pasta salad is so goo! what’s not to love! 🙂 hahah i’m in your camp – if i find something i love, i NEVER get sick of it! 🙂 aww, sounds like you guys have a beautiful marriage! thanks for sharing that! Hugs and love xox

  5. I usually am pretty skeptical about other lasagna recipes (in my humble opinion, none can be better than my mothers 😂). That being said, I’m looking at the ingredient list and wondering, perhaps this may take the cake 🤤😄

    1. Thank you so much Vera! 🙂 Oh gosh – I would NEVER try to out-shine mama! 🙂 haha – I’ve gotta say, the wine and the fresh herbs are a nice addition 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

    1. Thank you Tammy! Oh my gosh this was SUCH a treat!!!! 🙂 I do hope you give it a try! Happy Thursday my friend! Hugs and love xox

  6. Yes girl! This is very very close to the recipe that I first used for my niece’s bachelorette party and have been perfecting ever since. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure! I’ll be honest, I never made lasagna before that party so it was a little daunting. Can you truly forgive yourself if you mess up lasagna?! Anyway, great tips – soaking the noodles, fresh mozzarella and san marzano tomatoes hints are clutch (and exactly what I do as well)!

    1. aw thank you so much Lindsey! oh my gosh fun! crowd pleaser FOR SURE!!! happy cooking! Hugs and love xox

    1. hahah you’re too funny!!! Thnak you so much! this was definitely a treat! Hugs and love xox

    1. oh yes!!! i hope it turned out great!! It certainly feeds a crowd! haha thanks Amy! 🙂 Hugs and love xox

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