yummy lasagna!

It's my personal philosophy that you should try to make everything from scratch at least once in your life.  You just never know what you are missing out on by running to the freezer section of the store every time.  Sometimes it's nothing but sometimes you are missing out big.  Whether it's a pie crust or a cake or meatloaf...at least try to make it from scratch at least once, you might decide that you can't have it any other way. :)

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!
For the sauce:
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 egg
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. :)



Mindy said...

That looks YUMMY! I am going to have to try it! I love making anything I can from scratch....we get way too many preservatives around my house anyways! Also, Lasagna is one of my favs and one of my daughters has been begging for it. I think it will be on my menu next week! =)

Thanks for the recipe!

Nichola said...

Such a good philosophy, to make things at least once from scratch. There are foods that cannot compare homemade to frozen. Your sauce looks delish!

Nancy said...

What a great idea! I never thought of making sauce in the slow cooker. I have made lasagna in the crockpot but never the sauce. It looks so good. Thanks for sharing!

Trish said...

YUM... my mouth is salivating.

oh and i never did ask what you are going through today, but i wanted you to know that i am still praying for you! God knows what it is you are dealing with so i have been praying periodically throughout the day that God would grant the desires of your heart and that you will also feel a sense of His presence!
hugs to you!

jonahbonah said...

I will be making this. And your chicken noodle soup....when i get back to Florida and have the help of the in-laws. :0)

marlene said...

Sounds yummy! I made lasagna, from scratch, for Easter dinner. Sort of "followed" my mom's old-faithful recipe. I "simmered" the sauce in my slow cooker, too. And I really liked how it came out. I will have to add Italian sausage next time!

Victoria said...


I decided to learn to make good biscuits from scratch while I was taking a work sabbatical. It was fun to try different recipes and see what I could come up with!

Kimi said...

i will definitely be trying this sauce. can i ask where you got the wonder woman sticker for your mixer?

Marie said...

You had me at crockpot. I am going to give this a try! Thanks for sharing.

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