Super Sunday Simple Lasagna

Lasagna is one of those pastas that you can make and freeze if you want to save it for later. I usually just freeze our leftovers if there are any. Then, I can take them out anytime within the next month or so and have them for lunch or dinner if I’m home by myself. Nobody ever thinks to look in the freezer for leftover lasagna so it’s mine all mine! I’ll sometimes assemble the entire thing and freeze it for when I’m going to be out of town so the kids and husband have something to eat.

Check out what they are saying about this recipe over at All Recipes:

“OK, I haven’t made lasagna in years. The stuff I used to make was icky and the noodles were uncooked. Made this recipe last night and the family raved over it.”

Throw away your old recipe. This is the only one you’re going to need!



1 pound bulk Johnsonville Italian sausage

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

1 (8 ounce) package fresh mushrooms, coarsely chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning (optional)

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

6 cups prepared Ragu marinara sauce

2 tablespoons water, plus more as needed

2 eggs

2 pounds whole-milk ricotta cheese

1 (8 ounce) container fresh mozzarella cheese, diced

2/3 cup freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 (16 ounce) package Barilla lasagna noodles

1 (8 ounce) container fresh mozzarella cheese, diced

1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese




Place sausage and ground beef into a large saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until meat is browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Break the meat apart as it cooks. Stir in mushrooms, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, Italian herb seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Turn heat to medium-high and cook until mushrooms have given off their juices and bottom of pan is almost dry.

Pour prepared marinara sauce into meat mixture. Pour water into marinara sauce jar and shake to get all the sauce out of the jar; add to mixture. Reduce heat to low and simmer until meat is extremely tender, about 2 hours. Add a little more water if sauce becomes too thick. Skim excess fat from surface of the sauce and season with more salt and black pepper, if needed. Turn off heat.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Beat eggs in a large bowl and stir in ricotta cheese, 8 ounces diced mozzarella cheese, and 2/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Season cheese mixture with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and cayenne pepper; mix in parsley.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse noodles and set aside in a bowl of cold water.

Spread 1/4 the sauce into the bottom of a 10×15-inch baking pan. Top with 1/3 the noodles and spread 1/2 the ricotta cheese mixture over noodles. Spread 1/4 the meat sauce over the cheese, top with 1/3 the noodles, and spread remaining 1/2 the ricotta mixture over the noodles. Spread 1/4 the meat sauce over the cheese filling. Tap the casserole dish lightly on a sturdy work surface to settle the layers. Arrange last 1/3 the noodles over sauce and spread remaining 1/4 the sauce over the noodles. Dot top of the casserole with 4 ounces diced fresh mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Cover casserole with aluminum foil, being sure not to touch the top of the casserole with the foil. Place casserole onto a baking sheet to catch spills.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook until lasagna is golden brown and bubbling, 30 to 35 more minutes. Let set for 20 minutes before cutting into squares.






Quick Tip: Do all ground beef if you don’t want the sausage taste.

Thanks again to All Recipes for this scrumptious recipe.