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World’s Greatest Lasagna Recipe

Seriously “the world’s greatest lasagna” may be an understatement. The secret to  my favorite dish? It’s all in the homemade sauce. None of that store bought junk (not to be hating, Prego used to be my go-to) but the homemade sauce is what would make any Italian mama say,

 “Mama mia! This sauce is good!”

worlds greatest lsasagna recipeNow I will warn you that you will need to start making about 3 hours ahead of time since it takes awhile to cook but I promise it’s worth it. If it makes you feel any better, my husband is the one who found the recipe and cooked it all by himself (aww so sweet). So if he could do it, you can do it!

Servings: 12

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 2hrs 30 mins


  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage

  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef

  • 1/2 cup minced onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves

  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 12 lasagna noodles

  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced

  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

lasagna recipe Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

lasagna layersJust look at that perfect bubbly molten cheese top! You can make the sauce in a larger batch and freeze, then just dethaw when you’re ready to use. It’s fantastic on spaghetti!

Give my world’s greatest lasagna recipe a try and come back to tell me what you think!


natalie signiture


2 thoughts on “World’s Greatest Lasagna Recipe

  1. Yes, indeed. The best I’ve ever made. I like the fennel in it. The sauce can do it’s own thing and top spaghetti or rotini, or an old piece of shoe leather. I like to be sure and crumble up the meats so there are no big chunks. I had sauce and lasagna noodles left so next time I will increase the ricotta mixture and make another half a lasagna for the neighbors. Or someone I reeealy like.

    1. So glad you love it too Debbie! This is my absolute favorite recipe and we always double the sauce batch so we can freeze and pull out when we want to top some ravioli or spaghetti.. yum!

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