World's Best Lasagna

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I wish that I could claim credit for this recipe! Cooked this over the weekend and I will agree that it is the world's best lasagna.

All credit goes to John Chandler and this link:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Worlds-Bes ... etail.aspx

World's Best Lasagna

SUBMITTED BY: John Chandler PHOTO BY: Heather
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World's Best Lasagna Recipe

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PREP TIME 30 Min
COOK TIME 2 Hrs 30 Min
READY IN 3 Hrs 15 Min
SERVINGS 12

INGREDIENTS

* 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
* 3/4 pound lean ground beef
* 1/2 cup minced onion
* 2 cloves garlic, crushed
* 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
* 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
* 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
* 1/2 cup water
* 2 tablespoons white sugar
* 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
* 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
* 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
* 1 tablespoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
* 12 lasagna noodles
* 16 ounces ricotta cheese
* 1 egg
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
* 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS

1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
 

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Sounds good. Is the end product a firm lasagna or a mushy one? I like it firm but would like to make this but need to know if I need to adjust recipe to this end.
 
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Jogeephus":3jdmfgbn said:
Sounds good. Is the end product a firm lasagna or a mushy one? I like it firm but would like to make this but need to know if I need to adjust recipe to this end.

It's pretty firm. Slices good, holds together well, but some of that meat and tomato oozes out. And it's so good...
 
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Jogeephus":392jula7 said:
BTW - Where do you find fennel seed? Could not find that anywhere so I skipped it.

Got mine at Harveys. If you can't find any, let me know and I'll get some and send it to you.
 

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grannysoo":2ywe82u4 said:
Jogeephus":2ywe82u4 said:
BTW - Where do you find fennel seed? Could not find that anywhere so I skipped it.

Got mine at Harveys. If you can't find any, let me know and I'll get some and send it to you.

Thanks. I looked all over Harveys and they didn't have it. Seems I ran into this trouble one other time when I needed it for some fresh sausage. Its on the list so next time I'm in a bigger town I'll pick it up. It adds a little zing to it doesn't it.
 

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