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Win Your Man's Heart with the Best Homemade Lasagna Ever

Updated on August 30, 2012

Best Home Made Lasagna

4.4 stars from 7 ratings of lasagna

Winning Your Man's Heart Through Lasagna

My new boyfriend was coming over to visit and I wanted to impress him so I decided to learn how to cook lasagna. He took one bite and proposed to me. I laughed because I thought he was joking, but little did I know that lasagna was his very favorite food. In that moment, he had decided I was the one. So I'm sharing this recipe in the hopes that you too can woo your loved one successfully! I have refined this recipe over several years and now it has become a family tradition.

Yum Yum! Hot and Cheesy

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: 12 - 16 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box or 12 noodles lasagna noodles
  • 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage links, mild
  • 1 white or yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, add one more clove if you love garlic
  • 1 1/2 jars or 24 oz 3 cheese or meat spaghetti sauce
  • 4 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup sharp chedder cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried basil
  • black pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente according to the package's directions. Drain, lightly oil and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Cut the sausage into small pieces and place in to a large frying pan. Saute the sausage, until no longer pink. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and continue sauteing for another 4 minutes until the sausage is cooked through. Set aside into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Cook the ground beef in the frying pan. Add a pinch of garlic powder or some more minced garlic, the basil leaves, and black pepper to taste. Cook until brown. Drain the excess juice and add the beef to the sausage. Add the spaghetti sauce and mix.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix all the cheeses together except for 1 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  6. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with olive oil and spread 1 cup of the sauce mixture on the bottom. Top with 3 lasagna noodles. Spread 1/4 of the ricotta cheese mixture on the noodles and layer on 1 cup of the sauce mixture.
  7. Repeat this process three more times starting with the noodles and finish the top with the remaining 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with oregano. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 45 minutes until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
  8. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this recipe and also any tweaks that you made to it. :)

Calories

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories 350
Calories from Fat0
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Four cheeses, sausage and ground beef. There is no way I can turn down trying this one. Maybe tomorrow. Sounds awesome. I'll see how it works for my son and me before I try wooing any hearts with it.

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      Power Ball Pythons 4 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Haha, good luck! Use a big casserole dish. All that meat and cheese adds up.

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      Chantelle Apple 4 years ago

      I'm making this for my potluck next week!

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      Power Ball Pythons 4 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Oh, that's great! Let me know what your friends think. I suspect there won't be any leftovers to take home. :p

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      Chantelle Apple 4 years ago

      Do you have any advice on how to measure uncooked pasta? I always tend to make pasta for 2 or pasta for 20!

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      Power Ball Pythons 4 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Yes, I have a food scale with a bowl. If you have a two pound package of pasta and the recipe calls for 1 pound, you can weigh that out accurately. If you cook enough pasta you get an eye for it and will eventually be able to eyeball the proper amount.

      For the lasagna, use the whole box.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Laura, this looks yummy! How much do you cook the noodles in order to handle them in the recipe? Last time, mine fell apart and it was a mess! thanks, I am not a very good cook!

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      Power Ball Pythons 4 years ago from Mobile, AL

      eHealer, I wasn't a very good cook either but with practice, anyone can improve. Getting married has made me motivated to improve my culinary skills. (I like getting praised by my husband, derp.) The instructions on how long to cook the noodles exactly are on the back of the package. I recommend using that for the specific brand you use. Generally for lasagna, it is usually about 8 - 10 minutes. Cook till "al dente" or soft but still slightly chewy. Remember, the lasagna is going to going through another cooking process in the oven afterwards. If cooked too much it will fall apart. You also have the option of using the "no boil" lasagna but you have to have a lot of moisture/sauce in your dish. The noodles will come out unpleasantly chewy if the noodles don't have enough moisture to absorb. I'd love to hear how the lasagna came out if you make this.

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      Khrist 4 years ago

      My boyfriend is Italian and we recently moved 36 hours away from his family who makes AMAZING meals. I'm hoping if I make this, it will be somewhat close to what his mom makes. She refuses to give anyone her recipes.

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      Tim 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I agree with this statement, if my girlfriend made this for me then she would be my fiancé within seconds of my eating it.

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