From The Recipe Box: Mom’s Lasagne

by kitchenarian on December 29, 2010

As many of you already know, I have been out of the kitchen for about a week because our family spent Christmas at Disney World. It was a magical time for all of us, and we loved every minute of it, but I must admit it is nice to be back home even though it is cold and snowy here. Within 24 hours of returning, we had friends over for our annual Christmas dinner to to celebrate the holiday together. For this special occasion, I made my mom’s lasagne.

Mom’s lasagne is a dish that I have enjoyed for many, many years. It was always the meal that my mother made when we had special guests for dinner.   I am continuing her tradition.  I have adjusted this recipe, not because it needed any changes to it at all because it is perfect, but because I make it in my Emile Henry lasagne pan and that is a big pan. It doesn’t bother anyone that I am making a bit more than the original recipe.


Meat sauce:
1 pound organic ground beef
1 pound Italian sausage
1 – 2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 ½ teaspoons salt
3 cups tomatoes or 1 ½ pounds canned diced tomatoes
2- 6 ounce cans of tomato paste

Cheese layer:
2 cups of ricotta cheese
2 cups of cottage cheese
½ cup of parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

1 ½ pounds mozzarella cheese, sliced
1 pound lasagne noodles

Cook lasagne noodles according to directions and set aside. Slice mozzarella and set aside. Cook ground beef and Italian sausage. Add other ingredients to make meat sauce. Simmer on stove while preparing the cheese layer. Mix ingredients together in a bowl for cheese layer and then refrigerate until you need it later.

In your lasagne pan layer half the lasagne noodles, half the cheese layer, half the mozzarella cheese, and then half the meat sauce. Repeat. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until edges are bubbly. This dish can easily be made ahead of time, up to 24 hours, and refrigerated until ready to bake. It may take longer to cook if pre-refrigerated.


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Sandra December 30, 2010 at 1:16 am

Lasagna is always hit! Your recipe is awesome!


Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels December 30, 2010 at 1:52 am

Mmmm lasagne! Yours looks sooo good. I haven’t had lasagna in forever and am now craving it at 11pm. haha!


Annie December 30, 2010 at 7:48 am

When I ask my son what he wants as a special dinner for report card, birthday…it is always lasagna. I make mine much the same way as yours and it is always so delicious! In my opinion it is even better on the second day after all of the ingredients have had a chance to mingle. Have a happy and safe new year!


Toby December 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

I think our mothers learned lasagna making 101 at the same school, its almost exactly the same as ours!… You’ve got me in the mood for some cheesy beefy layers!


RavieNomNoms December 30, 2010 at 9:13 am

There is nothing better than Mom’s lasagna! I love the recipe, looks fantastic. Glad to hear you had a good time at Disney World. Happy New Year!


Kita December 30, 2010 at 10:09 am

Just the sound of “mom’s lasagna” makes me think of warm and yummy comfort food. I’ve been itching to make a lasagna, it will have to be in the rotation soon. 🙂


Kate @ December 30, 2010 at 10:34 am

Your lasagne looks fantastic! I love Mom’s recipes – any mom’s recipe! It always tastes that much better! 🙂


Liz December 30, 2010 at 11:36 am

I’ve never used both ground beef and sausage in my lasagne…great idea. Your photos are making me hungry…nothing better than a tried and true recipe!


briarrose December 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Wonderful tradition. Lasagna is one of my go to meals when guests are coming as well. 😉 It look delicious.


Victoria @ Mission: Food December 30, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I love a good meat lasagna! Thanks for sharing your mom’s recipe! I love that it uses ground beef AND sausage, and all those yummy cheeses! Merry Christmas and welcome back from Disney World 🙂


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