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Classic Homemade Lasagna

Healthy Fact of the Day

Classic Homemade Lasagna is a hearty and comforting dish that, when made with lean ingredients, can be a well-rounded and satisfying meal. Packed with layers of rich tomato sauce, pasta, and cheesy goodness, this recipe is perfect for sharing with family and friends.

Ingredients

 

For the Meat Sauce:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

 

For the Ricotta Filling:

  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

 

Other Ingredients:

  • 12 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (for topping)
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Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.

  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef or turkey over medium-high heat. Drain any excess fat.

  3. Add chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet. Sauté until the onion is softened.

  4. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, dried oregano, dried basil, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Simmer the meat sauce for 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

  5. In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, chopped fresh parsley, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.

  6. Cook the lasagna noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.

  7. Assemble the lasagna in the prepared baking dish: Start with a layer of meat sauce, followed by a layer of cooked lasagna noodles, and then a layer of the ricotta filling. Repeat until all ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of meat sauce on top.

  8. Sprinkle the top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

  9. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.

  10. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  11. Let the lasagna rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

 

Enjoy this Classic Homemade Lasagna with a side salad or garlic bread for a complete and comforting meal!

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