World's Best Lasagna

Ingredients 1 pound sweet Italian sausage ¾ pound lean ground beef ½ cup minced onion 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste ½ cup water 2 tablespoons white sugar 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided

1 ½ teaspoons dried basil leaves 1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided, or to taste 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning ½ teaspoon fennel seeds ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

12 lasagna noodles 16 ounces ricotta cheese 1 egg ¾ pound mozzarella cheese, sliced ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions Gather all your ingredients.

Cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic in a Dutch oven over medium heat until browned.  

Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste, and water. Add sugar, 2 tablespoons parsley, basil, 1 teaspoon salt, Italian seasoning, fennel seeds, and pepper. Cover and simmer for 1 ½ hours, stirring periodically.  

Bring a big saucepan of lightly salted water to boil. Cook lasagna noodles for 8–10 minutes in boiling water. Rince noodles in cold water.  

Mix egg, remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt with ricotta cheese in a bowl. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.  

Start by placing 1 ½ cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Spread 6 noodles lengthwise over beef sauce, overlapping slightly. Spread half the ricotta cheese. Add 1/3 mozzarella slices.  

Repeat layering and add mozzarella and Parmesan. Use cooking spray or don't touch the cheese when covering with foil to prevent sticking.  

Bake for 25 minutes in preheated oven. Take off the foil and bake for 25 more minutes.