Classic Italian Lasagna

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On a snowy winter day after school, dashing up my quarter-mile driveway with my backpack bouncing on my back, there were two distinct smells that I cherished coming home to: The thick, musky smell of the old wood stove crackling in my family’s kitchen, and the sweet, tender smell of this lasagna bubbling in the oven.

In my small family of three, we left behind a few leftovers after every meal, but I don’t recall seeing many traces, if any, after this lasagna made its debut. Served with a tomato salad and a fluffy piece or two of perfectly-done garlic bread, this lasagna is irresistibly yummy. Add a glass of your favorite wine, and dinner is on the table.

Classic Italian Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 15 oz. container ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 5-6 leaves of fresh basil chopped
  • 1 25-28 oz. jar pasta sauce
  • 12 lasagna noodles uncooked

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with aluminum foil. Set aside.
  • Brown meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add thyme, crushed red pepper, oregano, garlic powder and dried basil while still cooking. Meanwhile, mix egg, 1-1/4 cups mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese,1/4 cup parmesan, parsley and basil until well blended. Set aside.
  • Drain beef, return to skillet. Stir in pasta sauce. Spread 1 cup of the sauce onto the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with layers of lasagna noodles, one-third of the ricotta cheese mixture, and 1 cup of the sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining 3 noodles and the remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1-1/4 cups mozzarella cheese and ¼ cup parmesan. Spray one side of aluminum foil with cooking spray (to avoid cheese sticking) and lightly cover dish.
  • Bake 45 minutes. Remove foil; bake an additional 15 minutes, or until heated through. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting to serve.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. Now this is comfort food! Your lasagna looks delicious – wish I had some right now.

  2. Thanks, Cristina!

  3. Great looking lasagna!

  4. Lasagna is one of my favorites! Yours looks so saucy and yummy!

  5. Hi,
    You have a great blog! Lots of yummy recipes here!

  6. Visiting from the Foodie Blogroll. Your site is so pretty. I love your pictures and the recipes look delicious. I look forward to reading more :)

  7. I just saw your blog on the Foodie BlogRoll. I love your pictures and recipes. Everything looks so good! Happy Cooking!

  8. wow, great looking lasagna!

  9. Hello,

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  10. Your lasagna looks absolutely scrumptious. Gorgeous blog!

  11. Hey, saw your blog on Foodie Blogroll. And whoa momma… the lasagna looks so darn good.

  12. OOOh , your lasagna looks incredibly tasty!!!

    MMMMMMMMMM,…

  13. Your photo has my mouth watering!

  14. I will dream of this at night.

  15. Yum, nothing like a good pan of hot lasagna.

  16. Wow, what an overwhelming response – I’ll have to do some fun variations on lasagna, because it seems to have been a hit! Thank you so much, everyone! I look forward to checking out all your blogs.

  17. This looks great! I’m not surprised there weren’t any leftovers =]

  18. I love lasagna. This looks so delicious! May I ask what type of pasta sauce you use? Thank you, Judy

  19. Hi Judy – For jarred pasta sauce, I prefer Classico, but I also like to make my own from time to time. I’ll eventually be sharing that recipe, so keep a look out!

  20. Luscious Livid Lasagna…!!!

  21. Lasagna is one of my favorites! Yours looks so saucy and yummy!

  22. Hi,
    You have a great blog! Lots of yummy recipes here!

  23. Thanks, Cristina!

  24. Great looking lasagna!

  25. Now this is comfort food! Your lasagna looks delicious – wish I had some right now.

  26. Hi Judy – For jarred pasta sauce, I prefer Classico, but I also like to make my own from time to time. I’ll eventually be sharing that recipe, so keep a look out!

  27. I love lasagna. This looks so delicious! May I ask what type of pasta sauce you use? Thank you, Judy

  28. This looks great! I’m not surprised there weren’t any leftovers =]

  29. Wow, what an overwhelming response – I’ll have to do some fun variations on lasagna, because it seems to have been a hit! Thank you so much, everyone! I look forward to checking out all your blogs.

  30. Yum, nothing like a good pan of hot lasagna.

  31. I will dream of this at night.

  32. OOOh , your lasagna looks incredibly tasty!!!

    MMMMMMMMMM,…

  33. Your photo has my mouth watering!

  34. Your lasagna looks absolutely scrumptious. Gorgeous blog!

  35. Hello,

    We bumped into your blog and we really liked it – great recipes YUM YUM.
    We would like to add it to the Petitchef.com.

    We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
    enjoy your recipes.

    Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
    and benefit from their exposure on Petitchef.com.

    To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use http://en.petitchef.com/?obj=front&action=site_ajout_form or just go to Petitchef.com and click on “Add your site”

    Best regards,

    Vincent
    petitchef.com

  36. wow, great looking lasagna!

  37. I just saw your blog on the Foodie BlogRoll. I love your pictures and recipes. Everything looks so good! Happy Cooking!

  38. Visiting from the Foodie Blogroll. Your site is so pretty. I love your pictures and the recipes look delicious. I look forward to reading more :)

  39. Hey, saw your blog on Foodie Blogroll. And whoa momma… the lasagna looks so darn good.

  40. Wow this lasagna looks soo good I do have a question for everyone I have been making lasagna for sometime now but I dont understand why most recipes call for the sauce to go in the pan first I put my noodles in the pan first and then the sauce could someone tell me why the sauce goes first.

  41. Sauce is added to the bottom of the pan to moisten the noodles and keep the lasagna from sticking without adding unnecessary oil.

  42. I am making this right now! I cannot wait to eat it! Thank you

  43. Seems do able hopefully this will become my default lasagna recipe base.

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