Classic Lasagna Like Nonna’s

Classic Lasagna Like Nonna’s

Classic Lasagna Like Nonna’s is a timeless Italian dish that brings generations of flavors to your table. This mouthwatering recipe has been passed down through the ages, and it’s the perfect comfort food for any occasion.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 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
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained


  1. Brown the ground beef, Italian sausage, onion, and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water.
  3. Add sugar, salt, black pepper, and basil. Simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, grated Parmesan cheese, and parsley.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  6. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  7. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles lengthwise over the meat sauce.
  8. Spread with one-third of the ricotta cheese mixture.
  9. Spoon 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce over the ricotta layer, and sprinkle with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  10. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  11. Cover with foil, but make sure it doesn’t touch the cheese.
  12. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  13. Remove the foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes.
  14. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Classic Lasagna Like Nonna’s is a heartwarming Italian dish filled with layers of pasta, rich meat sauce, and creamy cheeses. It’s a family favorite that will transport you straight to Nonna’s kitchen.

Nutrition: Calories – 450kcal | Carbohydrates – 28g | Protein – 25g | Fat – 27g | Saturated Fat – 13g | Cholesterol – 95mg | Sodium – 900mg | Fiber – 2g | Sugar – 6g

Classic Lasagna Like Nonna’s is more than just a meal; it’s a taste of tradition. With its savory layers of pasta, flavorful meat sauce, and the perfect blend of cheeses, this recipe is a labor of love that’s worth every bite. Share this classic dish with your loved ones, and create your own memories around the dinner table.

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