Absolute Best Ever Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2-2 teaspoons salt ( or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper ( or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped ( or canned chopped tomatoes)
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 24 ounces cottage cheese or 24 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 12 -15 lasagna noodles

Instructions

1 _ Brown ground beef, Italian sausage, onion and garlic.

2 _ Add salt, pepper, parsley, oregano, basil, chopped tomatoes with juice, and tomato paste; stirring until well mixed.

3 _ Cover and simmer 1 hour (or longer,but watch for getting too dry).

4 _ Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.

5 _ Spray a 13 x 9" baking pan with cooking spray.

6 _ Combine cottage cheese, eggs, pepper, 2 tablespoons parsley, Parmesan cheese and 1/2 1lb of 
 mozzarella cheese; In a lasagna pan, layer noodles, meat sauce, and cheese mixture; repeat.

7 _ Top off with layer of noodles; sprinkle evenly with remaining mozzarella cheese; make sure to cover noodles completely.

8 _ Bake at 375F for 40-60 minutes, or until cheese mixture is thoroughly melted. (I cover w/ foil for about 40 minutes, then uncover for 15-20 minutes.

9 _ Let sit for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving.

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