Italian food is famous worldwide thanks to it's hearty and spicy seasoning. To think in pasta, lasagna or other great Italian meal evokes images of family, tradition and flavor. Perhaps lasagna is one of the most popular Italian dishes and this homemade American Style lasagna recipe adds up to the tradition thanks to it's ingredients and polished process. It might take a little while to cook it, but it's totally worth it.
3/4 Lbs. of lean ground beef
1/2 Cup of onion, minced
1 Lb. of sweet Italian sausage
2 Crushed garlic cloves
1 Can of crushed tomatoes, 28 oz
2 Cans of tomato paste, 6 oz each
2 Cans of canned tomato sauce, 6.5 oz each
1/2 Cup of water
1 1/2 Tsp. dried basil leaves
2 Tsp. of white sugar
1 Tbsp. of salt
4 Tbsp. of chopped fresh parsley
12 lasagna noodles
1/4 Tsp. of ground black pepper
3/4 Lbs. of sliced mozzarella cheese
16 Ounces of ricotta cheese
1/2 Tsp. of fennel seeds
1 Tsp. of Italian seasoning
1/2 Tsp. of salt
3/4 Cup of grated Parmesan cheese
Using a Dutch oven, brown well, over medium heat the sausage, onion, garlic and ground beef. Stir in tomato paste, water, crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Season it all with Italian seasoning, basil, sugar,, fennel seeds, 2 tablespoons parsley, 1 tablespoon salt and pepper. Let it simmer covered for 1 and a half hours. Stir occasionally.
In a large pot, boil salted water. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes and drain. Rinse with cold water.âEUR¨
Using a bowl, mix egg, ricotta cheese, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Preheat oven to 375° F.
Assemble lasagna by spreading 1 1/2 cups of sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Lay 6 noodles lengthwise over meat. On top of it, spread half of the cheese mixture. Top with mozzarella cheese.
Spoon 1 and a half cups of meat sauce over mozzarella. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers and top with mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover the lasagna with foil.
Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Let it cool down for at least 10 minutes before serving.American Style Lasagna Recipe