This has to be one of my family’s favorite dishes. This recipe was given to me at my bridal shower by my mother-in-law and she included a lasagna pan and the ingredients to make it for the first time. I thought that was such a clever idea. We have also used the sauce portion on spaghetti, it is that delicious. The sauce can be made and frozen for later use. This is also a great recipe to divide in two and bless someone with that has just had a baby or lost a loved one. Very comforting! Another favorite thing about this recipe (you can tell, I love it!) is the fact that you do not have to pre-cook the noodles. This saves time and hassle. Enjoy one of my favorite dishes!
2 lbs. mild italian sausage
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
18 oz. tomato paste
24 oz. canned tomatoes, diced
18 oz. water
6 oz. Parmesan Cheese
1 lb. Ricotta Cheese
1 lb. Sharp cheddar, shredded
1 lb. Mozzarella, shredded
1 lb. lasagna noodles
Brown meat and drain. Add remaining sauce ingredients to meat. Simmer for 30 minutes.
In a bowl, cream Parmesan and Ricotta Cheese.
Mix together other cheeses in a small bowl.
In a 9×13 pan, place thin layer of sauce, then noodles, sauce, Ricotta mixture and grated cheese.
Repeat ending with grated cheese. Seal tight with foil.
Bake, covered, at 350 for 1 hour.
Remove foil and bake for 15 minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
*Note: This may be made the day before and refrigerated overnight.