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Basic Lasagna with Meaty Sauce

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Basic Lasagna with Meaty Sauce
Basic lasagna recipe with ricotta cheese.


  • 8 ounces lasagna noodles
  • 2 tablespoons salt for cooking water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 ounces low fat ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces sliced Mozzarella cheese
  • Sauce
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
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  • Sauce
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  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chuck or round
  • 1 large can (28 ounces) tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups water


Start sauce about 30 to 45 minutes in advance.
Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until onions are soft; add ground beef and brown. Pour off excess fat. Add remaining ingredients; stir well. Simmer slowly, uncovered, for 1 hour.

Cook noodles in boiling water with 2 tablespoons of salt for about 25 minutes, or until tender, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Drain; add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Arrange noodles in a shallow 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Make 3 layers each of noodles, ricotta cheese, Mozzarella cheese, meat sauce, and Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45 minutes.
Serves 6.

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 4 out of 5
Next day, awesome., Member glenlivet

At first, disappointment because while the recipe was followed diligently, the resulting lasagna was quite wet and didn't seem to want to set up, even after an hours resting on the counter out of the oven. But then after the lasagna spent a night in the fridge, it was just great. Firm to the knife, made an attractive presentation, and was downright delicious. No question about it, I'll make this again, I'll just be a bit more patient with it next time.

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