Case in point. This lasagna. Or specifically this sauce! Oh man...it was SO good that I was eating the sauce alone, by the spoonful!
1 pound sweet Italian sausage (cooked and crumbled-I had to buy the links and de-skin them)
1 pound lean ground beef (cooked and crumbled)
1/2 cup minced onion (I put the garlic and onion in my food processor and ran it until they reached the "minced" stage)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Mix all of the above together and cook on low in your crock pot for 3-4 hours.
1 box lasagna noodles (I used the oven ready kind that you don't have to pre-cook)
16 ounces ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded (I actually used a mozz/provolone mixture)
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
Mix together the ricotta, egg and salt.
In the bottom of a 9 x 13in pan add about 1 1/2 -2 cups of sauce, add a layer of noodles, cover with half of the ricotta mixture, a third of the cheeses, sauce, noodles, ricotta, cheese, sauce, cheese. :)
Bake at 375 covered with foil for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 25-30 minutes or until cooked through and bubbly. :)