Classic Beef and Cheese Lasagna
Picture a cozy Italian trattoria nestled in a quaint corner of Tuscany, where the aroma of bubbling sauces and freshly baked pasta dances through the air. The Classic Beef and Cheese Lasagna, a time-honored recipe passed down through generations, embodies the heartwarming essence of Italian comfort cuisine. It’s a symphony of flavors, a culinary masterpiece that bridges the gap between nostalgia and indulgence.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 9 cooked lasagna noodles
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large skillet. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, basil, and salt. Simmer for 20 minutes.
- In a bowl, mix the ricotta cheese and parsley.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Spread 1 cup of meat sauce in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Top with 3 lasagna noodles.
- Spread half of the ricotta mixture over the noodles, then sprinkle with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
- Spoon 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce over the cheese, and top with 3 more noodles.
- Layer the remaining ricotta mixture over the noodles, then sprinkle with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
- Spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce over the cheese, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 25 minutes until golden and bubbly.
- Let it cool for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
Layers of rich meat sauce, creamy ricotta, and melted cheese come together in this Classic Beef and Cheese Lasagna.
Nutrition: Calories: 380, Total Fat: 20g, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 28g
As you take the first forkful of this indulgent lasagna, the layers meld together in a harmonious union of textures and tastes. The velvety ricotta provides a luxurious contrast to the hearty meat sauce, while the blend of mozzarella and Parmesan creates a melty, golden crown atop the dish. Every bite is a journey through the essence of Italian culinary tradition, a timeless reminder of the power of food to connect us to our roots and bring joy to the present moment. Whether it’s a family gathering, a special occasion, or a simple weeknight dinner, the Classic Beef and Cheese Lasagna brings people together, just like the heartwarming embrace of an old friend.