“After years of tweaking this recipe, I’ve finally got it to where I want it. Everyone raves about this lasagna just the way it is, although I’ll probably never stop tweaking it!”

Preparation Time: 30 mins    
Cooking Time: 1 hour 10 mins    
Total Time: 2 hour 25 mins     
Makes 10 servings


1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 pound ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14 ounce) can Italian-style crushed tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
12 lasagna noodles
1 egg
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 (16 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  1. Brown sausage and ground beef with onion and garlic in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat, cooking and stirring until meat is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and discard grease. Stir tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, Italian-style crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, 2 tablespoons parsley, brown sugar, salt, Italian seasoning, black pepper, fennel seeds, and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese into meat mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer sauce for at least 1 hour (up to 6 for best flavor). Stir occasionally.
  2. Place lasagna noodles into a deep bowl and cover with very hot tap water; let soak for 30 minutes.
  3. Beat egg in a bowl and stir ricotta cheese, 2 tablespoons parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and nutmeg into egg until thoroughly combined.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. Cover bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with 1 cup sauce. Layer 4 soaked lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture, 1/3 of the shredded mozzarella cheese, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese in the dish. Repeat layers twice more, ending with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Cover dish with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake until lasagna noodles are tender and casserole is bubbling, about 50 minutes. Remove foil and bake until cheese topping is lightly browned, 15 to 20 more minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Value

Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 594
% Daily Value *
Total Fat: 29.1g 45 %
Saturated Fat: 14.0g
Cholesterol: 115mg 38 %
Sodium: 1898mg 76 %
Potassium: 1008mg 28 %
Total Carbohydrates: 43.4g 14 %
Dietary Fiber: 4.6g 18 %
Protein: 41.2g 82 %
Sugars: 10g
Vitamin A: 1592IU
Vitamin C: 18mg
Calcium: 646mg
Iron: 5mg
Thiamin: 0mg
Niacin: 14mg
Vitamin B6: 0mg
Magnesium: 80mg
Folate: 95mcg
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.