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Possibly the Best Lasagna Recipe in the Entire World

Updated on March 23, 2012

Lasagna May be the Ultimate Comfort Food

When we think of lasagna, most of us imagine that rich concoction full of cheeses and usually meat, tomatoes, and large, flat pasta noodles. You might not immediately think of Mexico or Greece. You might not associate lasagna with shrimp or tofu or lentils. Here are some of the best recipes I've found as well as some of the most unusual. Enjoy.

My Absolute Favorite Traditional Lasagna Recipe

Turkey Sausage Lasagna

I think this recipe originally came from Barefoot Contessa.

Photo courtesy of Morguefile

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes in tomato puree

1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

2 teaspoons kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 pound lasagna noodles

15 ounces ricotta cheese

3 to 4 ounces creamy goat cheese, crumbled

1 cup grated Parmesan, plus 1/4 cup for sprinkling

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 pound fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the sausage and cook over medium-low heat, breaking it up with a fork, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until no longer pink. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, the basil, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat, for 15 to 20 minutes, until thickened.

Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with the hottest tap water. Add the noodles and allow them to sit in the water for 20 minutes. Drain.

In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, goat cheese, 1 cup of Parmesan, the egg, the remaining 2 tablespoons of parsley, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.

Ladle 1/3 of the sauce into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish, spreading the sauce over the bottom of the dish. Then add the layers as follows: half the pasta, half the mozzarella, half the ricotta, and one 1/3 of the sauce. Add the rest of the pasta, mozzarella, ricotta, and finally, sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of Parmesan. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling.

Lasagna Facts

The word "lasagna" comes from the Greek word "lasanon," which means chamber pot. The word eventually evolved to mean cooking pot (I don't know that I really want to explore that particular evolution). The Italians originally used the word to mean the dish in which the food was cooked.

"Lasagna" now refers to both the flat sheets of pasta as well as the yummy, cheesy dish made with those pasta sheets.

Many lasagna recipes can be made without pre-cooking the noodles. The moisture and heat from the other ingredients will cook the noodles as the dish bakes.

Cover and bake for 45 minutes, then remove the cover for another 20 minutes to let the sauce thicken.

Use a non-reactive glass or ceramic dish for baking to avoid a reaction with the acidic tomato sauce.

You can assemble your lasagna ahead of time and store uncooked in the fridge overnight, or you can freeze it to cook later.

You can make lasagna in your dishwasher.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Mr. Pizza is right, the disk is called Lasagne. Lasagna does not exist in Italian language, but in Enlgish if you write it correctly you will not pronounce correctly, that's the trick.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      whatever it's called it looks so tasty - i have such a weakness for pasta.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The dish is called Lasagne, not Lasagna. Lasagna does not exist in the Italian language!!!!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      YUM!

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      Lauren 5 years ago from Florida

      This lasagna looks amazing!

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      Dishwasher Lasagna Florentine! I have prepared virtually ALL types of lasagna, and have even heated lunch on the exhaust manifold of a car, but I have never heard of it being 'baked' in a dishwasher! I WILL try this! Great lens, thanks!

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      MobileAppMan 5 years ago

      Great recipe. I'm Italian, so I know. hey, I linked to your Lens on mine. 'Liked' your Lens too. Maybe you could do the same for me? Thanks!

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      I never thought about making turkey lasagne, I will definitely try it.

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      I just wanted to stop back by and tell you I tried your Lasagna recipe. Made it for a bunch of guys who did indeed say it was the BEST lasagna they had ever had. Thanks! I'm a hero now. ;-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am looking for a lasagna that is served in a tube cut crosswise. Served at CRGibbs in Redding, Ca. Delicious but not your traditional. These are served standing up in wedges. Any clue?

      Thanks Cindy

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      Violin-Student 6 years ago

      Don't know why, but I've never even considered a goat cheese in my lasagna. That's something I'm going to have to try. Thanks for this page.

      -Art Haule

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      cr00059n 6 years ago

      I will keep this lens, along with the other in my top list. These are such great food ideas. Thanks.

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      FarmerTom 6 years ago

      I'm bookmarking this lens. What a great resource! Awesome.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm looking around Squidoo for a lasagna recipe, which I'm going to make for my man for when he gets back from his trip. The one with the italian turkey sausage is definitely a contender.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Thanks for these great recipes! Thanks!

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      recipes-with-pasta 6 years ago

      Wow this is awesome!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Isn't it amazing how many variations of lasagna there are? My usually picky husband loves them all.

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      LynxLee 7 years ago

      Love the title, and love the web context. "ilovelasagna" Cute! =D

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Mouth watering lasagna photos and recipes! I love using ground turkey too. Lensrolled to my lasagna primavera recipe.

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      mae777 8 years ago

      Fantastic Lasagna Recipes, will be great with my no calorie noodles. *5 to you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Barefood Contessa's Turkey Lasagna -- yes, that is the recipe, however, Ina's instructions say to bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, not at 350 for 30 minutes. In my experience, plan on baking for 45 minutes. Well worth buying the fresh indredients this recipe calls for. Trust me, you won't be sorry!

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      Katherineb 8 years ago

      [in reply to Judy Estes] I make mine with my Simac electric pasta machine. They have three different thickness - from almost paper thin to about 1/8 of an inch and they are flat, not wavy. But, if you don't want to make your own, Barilla makes a 'no boil' lasagna noodle that is thin and flat. I cannot abide thick, wavy pasta either. The Barilla noodle is what I use if I don't have time to make my own.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Judy Estes]

      I'm sure you will have to make your own pasta and use a low setting on the pasta machine. Your next challenge will be to find an easy recipie---you were willing to do whatever

      it takes/anyone out there have a good one? Have fun!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You've certainly opened my eyes to the unexplored regions of variations in lasagna!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      We went to Paris this last summer and had the most incredible lasagna that we've ever tasted. The differences that we immediately saw were 1) the lightness of all of the ingredients and 2) the thinness of the pasta. I believe that I can come close on the other ingredients, but all I can find here are the really thick lasagna noodles.

      Can you help me? I'm willing to do whatever work it takes. I just don't know where to start.

      Thanks,

      Judy

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      Violin-Student 9 years ago

      I use turkey sausage all the time! She is a really picky eater, so it's kind of hard to get her to eat anything with more than cheese, meat, and plain old tomato sauce...but in my dreams I go with the seven layer lasagna that we used to make in the restaurant I managed. I just wish I knew what our sous chef did to that sauce...it was marvelous.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Here are two recipes. I prefer the second one, although it takes longer to prepare

      Lasagna

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      ssuthep 9 years ago

      I love lasagnas and your recipes look yummy! Have to give your favorite recipe a try soon. Thanks for sharing and 5*

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      This great recipe lens is today's feature at CabaretSquidoo.com!

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Lasagna is one of my favorite foods. I sometimes use eggplant to zucchini instead of the noodles to make it a little healthier.

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      jimmyj4503 9 years ago

      Amen! Gotta love lasagna. Recipe sounds geat, gonna try it soon.

      thx, Jim K.

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Lasagne is, indeed, beautiful food. Smells great and it's great going down. You have made my mouth water yet again with another yummy lens!

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      Debbie 9 years ago from England

      One of my favourite dishes...lasagne...yummy recipes on here!

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      The Eclectic Muse 9 years ago

      I knew I shouldn't read a lens like this in the middle of the night...Now I'm hungry. I love lasagna too!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Lasagna is wonderful stuff! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      banquetmanager lm 9 years ago

      I normally don't care about learning the background of lasagna as long as it tastes good. This lens is the exception, great info. 5 stars.

      Visit my lens for banquet managers that sometimes serve lasagna -

      So You Want To Be a Banquet Manager

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      richgerman 9 years ago

      love to eat lasagna can you cook for me? hehehehe thanks for the ingredients. i love to it but i don't love to cook, so i guess have one for me?

      5 stars!

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Oh that lasagna looks delicious. Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      chloecavanaugh 9 years ago

      One of my favorite foods! Looks yummy, and so does this lens!

      *****

      ~Chloe

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      My mouth is watering already... Very nice lens. 5***** If there was a smell-a-vision module I think you would have used it to perfection here.

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      funwithtrains lm 9 years ago

      Nice job with this lens!

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      grassosalvato86 9 years ago

      This lens is fantastic!! Wow!!! I enjoy lansagne!!! 5 stars!

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      NightSquid LM 9 years ago

      Did somebody say Lasagna :)

      Great lens I,ve only attempted this recipe twice it didn't turn out bad but I will definitely keep this page on hand for next time!

      Cheers