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Luscious Italian Lasagna

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So.
I have to admit something to you.
Right here and now.
I have always struggled a bit with Lasagna making.
It’s true.
It seems to always turn out too runny or too dry.
My family always gives it the
“Yeah. So. Um……it was just ok, Mom but thanks for making it.”
Until now my friends!
 I do believe I have finally fiddled and concocted enough.
This Luscious Italian Lasagna and I  have received the following family ratings…
“Wow.”
“It is BLOG WORTHY!”
“More.” some of us have a small vocabulary…
“Get out of here…that is good stuff.”
“Totally make this every night.”
Don’t you love it when that happens?!
Luscious Italian Lasagna
Yield: 10 servings
Time: 30 minutes prep + 45 minutes baking time
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!
1  -16 oz box lasagna noodles
2  -32 oz jars spaghetti sauce (I used 2 quarts of the homemade sauce we canned last fall from our garden tomatoes….oh, the beauty of that sauce. Get some tomatoes planted in the ground….I’ll be posting the recipe come August.)
1   pound sausage
1  -15 oz ricotta cheese
2 C mozzarella cheese, grated
1 C Parmesan cheese, grated
1 egg, whisked up until frothy 
1/4 t salt
1/2 t oregano, dried
1 t parsley, dried
1/4 t cracked pepper
1/2 C mozzarella cheese, grated
1. In a large skillet brown your sausage. Drain off the fat and add your spaghetti sauce. Let the fine looking mixture simmer for about 20 minutes.
2. Cook up your lasagna noodles. Pour into a colander and run cool water over the top of them.
3. In a small mixing bowl combine the cheeses (all but 1/2 C of mozzarella), spices and the beaten egg. Mix well with a wooden spoon making sure everything is incorporated well.
4. Now for the layering! Spoon about 1/2 C of your sauce mixture onto the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Layer half of the noodles on top of the sauce, sprinkle with half of your cheese mixture and cover with half of the sauce. Repeat these layer one more time…
Noodles
Cheese
Sauce….
5. Sprinkle the top with 1/2 C mozzarella cheese and smile a big pretty smile. 
6. Cover with foil and bake at 350  for 45 minutes. Or at this point you can cover, and put it in the fridge until you are ready to eat. You should plan to cook it for 1 hour if it has been refrigerated.
7. Let the Luscious Mixture from Heaven stand for about 10 minutes before serving. This will allow all the saucy juices to settle. Enjoy!
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18 Comments

  1. 1
    May 7, 2010 at 2:17 am

    that looks sooo good…I want that for dinner!

  2. 2
    May 7, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Great looking lasagna you got here! Well, practice makes perfect, lol! Sometimes you really have to mess up a few ones before you can get it right especially when you don't really cook. In my case, cooking lasagna is as easy as ABC because I love cooking. I kinda measure ingredients by eye, I'm not really patient with those measuring cups and spoons, lol!

  3. 3
    Anonymous
    July 31, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    What temp. do you bake the lasagna at?

  4. 4
    August 2, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Anonymous,
    Bake at 350. Sorry it wasn't posted with the recipe. Hope it turns out great!
    ~Jamie

  5. 5
    January 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I was planning on Lasagna for supper, now I have a great new recipe to try, even have the sausage in the freezer, yeah!!

  6. 6
    March 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    The step number 3. (In a small mixing bowl combine the cheeses), was so difficult because I cannot mix it , I didn't know why but It was sprinkling every place!22dd

  7. 7
    February 18, 2012 at 12:41 am

    how finely do you chop the sausage to make it spread throughout the sauce evenly? and do you do it before or after browning?

    • 8
      Anonymous
      May 10, 2012 at 2:30 am

      lpkyber, if you are using sausage links in casing, you should remove the casings and crumble into the pan like ground beef. but they make bulk sausage not in casings and that is easier to use. if you don't want to remove the casings, I would slice the sausage 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick and just put it as one of the layers in the lasagna, probably over the cheese but under the sauce would work best.

  8. 9
    Julie
    September 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I made this lasagna tonight and WOW, it is fabulous! Thanks Jamie!

    • 10
      Jamie
      September 18, 2012 at 6:29 am

      So glad you liked it, Julie. Thanks for letting me know. :)
      ~Jamie

  9. 11
    Jen
    May 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    This lasagna was delicious!

  10. 12
    Leanne
    June 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Is there any way to make this a freezer meal? And if you refrigerate it before cooking how long will it be good in the fridge?

    • 13
      Jamie
      June 11, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Leanne,
      This would make a great freezer meal. After it’s assembled (and before you bake it) wrap it tightly with tin foil and pop it into the freezer. On the day you are ready to use it, allow it to thaw completely and then bake as directed. If you want to put it in the fridge between assembly and baking I would imagine it would be good for up to a day or so. Good luck! Hope you enjoy it.
      ~Jamie

    • 14
      February 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Got that right. Thankfully, I couldn’t eat the enirte piece of chocolate cake too sweet. So, I stole another piece of my daughter’s candy (the less-sweet mini Snickers bar). I need to set up some kind of training during the winter months to ward off the temptation of holiday cakes/pies.

  11. 15
    Katie
    July 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Jamie,

    I made this recipe tonight for my fiance. Our wedding is coming up on 9/14/13 and we recently purchased our first home. We were previously both living at home with our parents. Well, for the past month I have had one sauce pan, one fry pan, and the bare minimum (like no utensils) to make a VERY basic meal. Well my bridal shower was yesterday and I now have a fully stocked kitchen so I decided today would be the very first time I would make him a “real” meal. I’m worried I may have set the bar too hight!!! This was DELICIOUS, and he just ate it up and kept raving on how good it was. He even packed up leftovers for lunch for himself and his co-worker tomorrow!!!! Thank you for making me seem like a master cook ;)

    • 16
      Jamie
      July 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Katie,
      Wow! Great job! Thanks for letting me know it turned out so well for you. :) Wishing you many more successes.
      ~Jamie

  12. 17
    September 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text inn
    your post seem to bee running off the scrdeen in Firefox.

    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something too do with inhternet browser compatibility but I thought
    I’d post to let you know. The design look great though!
    Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Many thanks

    • 18
      Jamie
      September 10, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Charlotte,
      Thanks for the information. Does it happen to you on all of the recipes, or just this one.
      Thanks,
      ~Jamie

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