The Ultimate Lasagna

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 50 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr 30 min
 
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans tomatoes (recommended: San Marzano)
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 quarts ricotta cheese, (2 containers)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Grated Parmesan and mozzarella, for topping
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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook the lasagna noodles in plenty of boiling salted water until pliable and barely tender, about 10 minutes. Stir with a wooden spoon to prevent sticking. Drain the noodles thoroughly and coat with olive oil to keep them moist and easy to work with.

Coat a large skillet with olive oil, add beef and sausage and brown until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. In a food processor, combine the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, basil, parsley, an oregano. Process until pureed, add to the pan with the ground meat and stir to combine. Stir in the flour. Add the wine and cook until it has reduced by half. Stir in the tomatoes and add the heavy cream and the cinnamon.

In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta and the parmesan. Stir in the eggs and season with salt and pepper.

To assemble the lasagna: Coat the bottom of a deep 13 by 9-inch pan with olive oil. Arrange 4 noodles lengthwise in a slightly overlapping layer on the sauce. Then, line each end of the pan with a lasagna noodle. This forms a collar that holds in the corners. Dollop 1/2 of the ricotta mixture over the pasta, spread to the edges with a spatula. Spread 1/2 of the meat mixture over the ricotta. Sprinkle 1/2 of the mozzarella on top of the ricotta. Top with a ladle full of sauce, spread evenly. Repeat with the next layer of noodles, ricotta, sauce, and cheeses. Top last layer with noodles, sauce, shredded mozzarella and Parmesan. Tap the pan to force out air bubbles. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven. Let lasagna rest for 30 minutes so the noodles will settle and cut easily. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.

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  • on December 08, 2012

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    Just made this and it was very good. However, I will point out that if you follow the directions of the recipe, you only end up using about 14 lasagna noodles. Following the directions with give you three layers. The photo shown on this site has a few more. You really will need a very deep pan for this recipe. I omitted 1 cup of wine and added 1 cup of tomato sauce because I like a more juicy lasagna. My teenagers really liked this recipe.

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  • on June 17, 2012

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    I made this tonight after watching the program. First, you need a HUGE pan for this one. It was very good, but be sure to drain most of the fat from the meat after it cooks. I followed the directions and the lasagna came out way too greasy and loose. I prefer a more tomato saucy taste. This is mostly meat and cheese. I wold also reduce the amount of cinnamon a bit. With a couple adjustments it could be great!

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