Step 2: Making the meat sauce, part one

Prep work and browning the meat!

Roughly dice the onion, and mince as much garlic as you want. I used quite a bit as you can see. :D

Once you've got the veggies prepped, film your sauce pan with olive oil. Heat the pan over medium and cook the ground beef and Italian sausage until browned. If a lot of fat seeps out, drain most of it. You need only a few tablespoons of fat to cook the onion and garlic in.

Once you've drained the extra fat, throw in the onions and garlic.

Stir this around for a few minutes over medium heat until the onions become soft. Then add in a few good pinches of Italian seasoning, a pinch of basil, oregano and salt, and a tablespoon or two of tomato paste.

<p>Hi everyone! I've gotten lots of comments and PMs asking for the original recipe! I had no idea so many folks were paying attention, so thanks for that. :D </p><p>The only differences between this "new" recipe and that old one is the addition of Italian sausage in the meat sauce and using an egg in the cheese to make it easier to spread. Here's the original ingredients list if anyone wants it! </p><p>For my tomato meat sauce:</p><ul><br><li>2 28 oz. cans tomatoes - I typically do one can diced, one crushed for a little bit of texture!</li><li>1-2 tbsp tomato paste</li><li>1 large onion</li><li>garlic, garlic, garlic - I always use a ton! I'd say two cloves minimum!</li><li>1 lb. ground beef, preferably lean</li><li>dried oregano</li><li>crushed red pepper</li><li>salt and pepper</li><li>fresh basil - dried can also be substituted!</li>For the rest of the lasagna:<br><br><ul><br><li>1 package of noodles (should be around a pound in weight)</li><li>1 lb. mozzarella</li><li>1/2 lb. good quality parmesan</li><li>1 lb. ricotta cheese</li></ul></ul>
<p>just me and the boy tonight, my wife is out of town and I don't cook but I'm going to try this. Looks easy and I love lasagna.</p>
<p>thanks for sharing your recipe. I've tried a lot of recipes over the years and this one by far looks better than any other. I can't wait to try it!</p>
<p>I noticed this recipe has changed slightly, wondering if I can have the old recipe. The new one looks awesome but I just want to have the other one to compare:)</p>
<p>Can this be made a head of time and frozen?</p><p>If so, should it defrost first? How long should it bake?</p>
<p>Perfect for a Sunday supper with friends. I'll refer to this one soon. Looks amazing !</p>
<p>Made the recipe with local Manila ingredients in some cases; the whole family liked it, even having to skip the riccotta</p>
<p>It looks good. My first time making Lasagana. I followed the directions with a few different ingredients. Don't know how it will tastes. LOL!!</p>
<p>haha saame here</p>
<p>This is Amazing! very good recipe</p>
<p>What happened to the garlic sniffing part? that was the best!!</p>
<p>When I updated it with new photos I wanted to spread out the steps a little more so it got cut. There's a glitch with old ibles where you can't add any more steps and that one seemed the least important. ;)</p><p>Perhaps it was for the best. Ha! </p>
sorry for potato photo or if I've posted already but I followed the recipe and it was delicious!
This is my fourth time making the lasagna and I'm so grateful for sharing the recipe. I used hotdog or kielbasa or polish sausage and it tastes the just as good with the original recipe. I added Romano on top of the lasagna. Since I work full time, I make them and put them in the fridge. My kids baked them and helped themselves. They loved it!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
<p>YUM! I haven't had lasagna in so long, this looks amazing!</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>Lasagne are not Lasagne without Besciamella sauce:</p><p>https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Besciamella...</p><p>The Rag&ugrave; (meat sauce) is made by minced meat (&quot;carne trita&quot; in italian)</p><p>https://www.google.it/search?q=carne+trita&amp;tbm=isc...</p><p>By an ITALIAN Lasagne eater</p>
No oven but I will do try this is microwave
<p>Parece estar delicioso.</p>
<p>Are the noodles necessary ?</p>
<p>If you don't add the noodles it will lack structure and just be like a tomato and cheese dip. </p><p>You can also use slices of zucchini in place of noodles - I do that sometimes. :)</p>
<p>what I was thinking</p>
If I put it all together, could I leave it for my family to cook while Im at work? And how would I put it away so it stays good until they get home to bake it?
<p>You can definitely do that! I recommend under cooking the noodles by a couple minutes, assembling as normal, letting it cool and then wrapping it/covering it and putting it in the fridge.</p><p>You can bake it directly from the fridge, but may need to add 10-15 minutes to the cook time. :)</p>
<p>Love this variation!</p>
<p>I tried this recipe (minus the mozzarella and basil, as I didn't have any on hand) just last week and it turned out fantastic! Thank you very much for sharing it, especially with the well-captured photos - really useful! </p>
<p>I just made this tonight for my daughter's Co worker. &amp; an extra pan for the house. Looks good can't wait to taste. Was the simplest recipe I came across! Thanks for sharing!!!</p>
Hi ..can I also use aluminium oven pan instead of a glass 1?
<p>Yes! You may want to reduce the time by a bit if the pan is very dark, but otherwise it should be totally fine. :)</p>
<p>Being that We own a goat dairy farm and creamery, using our goat cheeses with your recipe is going to be utterly delish. I'm excited :) thank you!!!</p>
<p>Oh I bet that will be lovely!! So jealous. I've always wanted goats :D</p>
I'm making it tonight! I looked at a lot of recipes but chose yours, I love yours and love your detailed instructions! I'm so excited!
Wow ! First time I ever experienced such cleared and well explained !! Thank you ???
<p> I am still incredibly amazed how delicious it came out, I don't cook at all, &amp; had never made lasagna before, instructions were clear and it came out beautifully! Definitely a favourite.</p>
Just made this today and everyone loved it ! Followed all of your instructions and it came out incredible! No one believed I made it. Thank you so much for your detailed recipe!
<p>I made my 1st lasagna on New Year's Eve and my family loved!!!!! Thank you for posting this. I hardly ever cook and my fianc&eacute; was shocked when he saw me in the kitchen and how well it turned out.</p>
<p>hi how much oregano and dried basil do u use</p>
<p>I would say between 1/2 - 1 teaspoon! </p>
<p>This is very similar to what my wife has been making for years with the exception of the ricotta cheese. I can't stand it but i she says it's just as awesome without it. As far as browning the meat, my wife used to make me do it for her because it's so aggravating. I did it once and on the second time I decided to simplify it a bit. If you get that old potato masher out, it does an awesome job of separating the meat into the little granules you need when making sauces. After it starts to cook just keep mashing it over and over and stirring at the same time. After watching me do this, she took the job back. Anyways, this is some good stuff and a good instructable.</p>
<p>how long did it take you to make it</p>
<p>I'd say between 1 1/2 - 2 hours all together. Not too long, but it might be pushing it to make it on a weeknight. :)</p>
<p>My whole family loved this and it was easy to make! Thank you for sharing this recipe</p>
<p>It was so good I can't even! I've always wanted to make lasagna but up until 5 months ago I had never (in 22 years) had an oven! This was extremely easy to follow, and it was absolutely amazing. My boyfriend is a super picky eater and he LOVED this. I used Mild Turkey Sausage instead of ground beef and it was really good. I now know I need to buy a dutch oven, or just a bigger saucepan. I also need to invest on a cheese grater :)</p>
<p>I made this lasagna several times, the first time made it for my husband he is very picky... he loved it. The second time I made it for my sons birthday party for around 60 people it was a hit, the last bit of it was gone. And now I am making it to impress my sister in law who is visiting from Panama. And by the way I have none cooking experience and I burn everything. Thank you for the simple and detailed instructions and pictures .</p>
<p>Yaaaaaaayyyy! I love that. I'm so happy it's worked out for you. </p><p>This lasagna is the only thing I always make for my best friends back in Kentucky - it's always been the most requested thing I make :D</p>
baba mil !!!! que rico muchas gracias por compartir
I made this for my husband when he was sick (I NEVER cook ever... ) this recipe was so easy to follow (thank god) thank you for the pictures! <br>I imagine it must be cheaper to make this in the USA, it cost me about 35$ for the ingredients here in canada. makes for an expensive meal, worth it though! thank you :)
Yay! You're welcome. :) It is definitely a more expensive meal, but I agree it's worth it! I can normally make it between $25-30 here in the US. <br /> <br />I just always try to tell myself it's okay because I can eat on it for a few days. :D
i just tried this recipe last night and it turned out amazing thanx jessy you know your way around the kitchen

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