This is one of the very first things I ever made for Honey after our wedding. Fifteen years ago I didn’t know how to boil and egg (serious) so this was quite the feat. Since then it’s been a staple on our Sunday table and is a favorite for the whole family. I call it “Wedding Lasagna” because it is the one and only thing I ever made out of the Bride & Groom First Cookbook that everyone getting married in the early 2000s was getting :-)
So, who knew trying to photograph lasagna could be so challenging?! It’s a hard dish to make *look* appetizing in a photo so just trust me on how good it is.
8 oz ground beef
8 oz Italian sausage links, removed from casings
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper (divided)
2 jars marinara sauce (24-26oz. each)
8 oz ricotta cheese
8oz cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup parmesan cheese
box of no-boil lasagna noodles
1 cup fresh basil, torn
2 cups mozzarella cheese shreds
Preheat the oven to 375° F. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking dish. Combine meats in a large saute pan and cook until the meat is lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Be sure to crumble the sausage as you cook. Drain meat and add marinara sauce. Add salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Stir well.
Meanwhile, mix ricotta, cream cheese and parmesan cheese in a bowl with 1/4 tsp pepper.
Cover the bottom of the prepared baking dish with 1 cup of the meat sauce. Arrange a single layer on top of the sauce:
1 1/2 cups meat sauce
1/2 of cheese mixture
torn basil leaves
Top all of that with a layer of lasagna noodles, the remaining meat sauce and all of the mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes more. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
- Since many of the ingredients come with enough in the package for TWO entire pans of lasagna, I always make two. Be sure to check your ingredients as you shop because the only thing I usually need extra of is the sauce, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese and noodles. I assemble both and bake one. I wrap the other well before baking and freeze.
- Per the above, this is one of my faves for when a friend needs a meal since it’s so easy to double. Add a bag of salad and a loaf of french bread and it’s a lovely meal.
- I substitute chicken sausage for regular and nobody here is the wiser :-)
- This is great to make early in the day and then just heat up for dinner. We get 2-3 full meals out of one pan!
I’m sure many of you my age make the same exact recipe.
We celebrated CeeCee’s birthday today with the most darling party you’ve ever seen. I hope to get all the details up in the next week or so.
I hope that those of you in South Georgia have stayed safe with all of the awful weather.
DIXIE DELIGHTS DELIVERED