Absolute Best Ever Lasagna

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1lbs lean ground beef
  • 1lb Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 12-2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped (or canned chopped tomatoes)
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 24 ounces cottage cheese or 24 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 12 -15 lasagna noodles

DIRECTIONS

  1. Brown ground beef, Italian sausage, onion and garlic.
  2. Add salt, pepper, parsley, oregano, basil, chopped tomatoes with juice, and tomato paste; stirring until well mixed.
  3. Cover and simmer 1 hour (or longer,but watch for getting too dry).
  4. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  5. Spray a 13 x 9″ baking pan with cooking spray.
  6. Combine cottage cheese, eggs, pepper, 2 tablespoons parsley, Parmesan cheese and 1/2 1lb of mozzarella cheese; In a lasagna pan, layer noodles, meat sauce, and cheese mixture; repeat.
  7. Top off with layer of noodles; sprinkle evenly with remaining mozzarella cheese; make sure to cover noodles completely.
  8. Bake at 375F for 40-60 minutes, or until cheese mixture is thoroughly melted. (I cover w/ foil for about 40 minutes, then uncover for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Let sit for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving.
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