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The Best Lasagna Ever (Courtesy of Pioneer Woman)

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“"I’m sure everyone has his own favorite lasagna recipe, but I’d just like to offer that this really is The Best Lasagna Ever. Part of its appeal is that the ingredients used are totally basic; you don’t have to hunt down fresh basil or buffalo mozzarella or Parmigiano-Reggiano or handmade sausage from from an Italian mama in old Napoli. Anyone can make this, anywhere, anytime. And it’s the easiest thing in the world." Aside from the simplicity and availability of ingredients, however, this lasagna is just dadgum good.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet or saucepan, combine ground beef, sausage, and garlic.
  4. Cook over medium-high heat until browned.
  5. Drain half the fat; less if you’re feeling naughty.
  6. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons parsley, basil and salt.
  7. Set aside.
  8. In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, beaten eggs, grated Parmesan, 2 more tablespoons parsley, and 1 more teaspoon salt.
  9. Stir together well, set aside.
  10. Cook lasagna until “al dente” (not overly cooked).
  11. To assemble:.
  12. Arrange 4 cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of a baking pan, overlapping if necessary.
  13. Spoon half the cottage cheese mixture over the noodles, spread evenly.
  14. Cover cottage cheese with a layer of mozzarella cheese.
  15. Spoon a little less than half the meat mixture over the top.
  16. Repeat, ending with meat mixture.
  17. Sprinkle top generously with extra Parmesan.
  18. Either freeze, refrigerate for up to two days, or bake immediately:
  19. 350-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until top is hot and bubbly.

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