Mr. Food: Worth the Wait Lasagna

Mr. Food

Serves: 6

Cooking Time: 1 hr 20 min

Ingredients
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage (see Tip)
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (28-ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook and drain lasagna noodles according to package directions.
     
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until no pink remains, stirring to break up sausage as it cooks. Drain off excess liquid and set aside in a large bowl to cool slightly. Add 3 cups mozzarella cheese, the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, the egg, basil, and pepper; mix well.
     
  3. Coat a 9" x 13" baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup spaghetti sauce evenly over bottom of dish. Place 3 noodles over sauce. Sprinkle one-third of cheese mixture over noodles. Pour 1 cup spaghetti sauce over cheese mixture. Place 3 more noodles over the top and press down lightly.
     
  4. Repeat with 2 more layers of cheese mixture, sauce, and noodles. Spoon remaining sauce over top and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake 1 hour.
     
  5. Remove foil and sprinkle remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese over top; return to oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Remove from oven and allow to sit 10 to 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

 

Tip

For the true meat lover, before baking, add an extra 1/4 pound cooked, crumbled sausage on top with some shredded mozzarella cheese.

 

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