Wednesday, December 26, 2012


If you want to feed a crowd a lasagna is the way to go.  You can make it ahead of time and then bake it when you are ready.

1 pound Lasagna noodles 
41/2 cups tomato sauce (I used a jar spaghetti sauce)
1 pound ricotta cheese
16 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 pound hot Italian sausage (Mine was in the sausage casings so I removed it and used the ground meat)
1 pound ground pork sausage
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
Cook the sausage and beef together.  Drain off fat.  Boil 6 quarts of water, add pinch of salt, and cook pasta to almost done. Remove from water and shock in ice bath.  In a 10-by-14-by-3-inch baking pan or dish, pour 1 cup of tomato sauce in bottom and around sides. Layer lasagna noodles on the bottom of the pan, overlapping by 1/2-inch. Add 1/3 amount of ricotta, 1/3 amount of mozzarella, 1/3 amount of sausage, then sprinkle generously with the Parmesan, add 1/2 cup tomato sauce. Repeat this 2 more times.   On the very top sheet, top with remaining ricotta, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and dust with Parmesan. Bake in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for approximately 45 minutes until cheese is nice and bubbly. Remove from oven; let sit for 15 minutes. Cut and serve immediately.  You can layer this however you want but it will still come out fantastic!

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