Classic Beef Lasagna: Layers of Comfort



Classic Beef Lasagna: Layers of Comfort

If you’re craving a hearty, comforting meal that’s perfect for family gatherings or a cozy night in, look no further than our Classic Beef Lasagna. This timeless Italian dish combines layers of rich, savory flavors to create a truly satisfying experience.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 2 (6.5-ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook and stir the ground beef until browned. Add onions and garlic; sauté until onions are transparent.
  2. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water.
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg and remaining parsley.
  6. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one-half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Yields: 12 servings

Our Classic Beef Lasagna is a labor of love that results in layers of tender pasta, flavorful meat sauce, and creamy cheese. It’s the ultimate comfort food that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

Nutrition Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 413
  • Total Fat: 20.3g
  • Cholesterol: 95mg
  • Sodium: 663mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 30.5g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.6g
  • Sugars: 6.4g
  • Protein: 27.4g

Picture yourself enjoying a slice of this Classic Beef Lasagna, the aroma of bubbling cheese and rich tomato sauce filling the air. It’s a meal that brings people together and warms the soul. Whether it’s a special occasion or just a weeknight dinner, this lasagna is a true crowd-pleaser. So, gather your ingredients, follow our simple steps, and savor the layers of comfort in every bite. Bon appétit!

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