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Holiday Lasagna

Lasagna is a classic holiday-time meal.  Also great to serve at a holiday buffet party.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: holiday party food, lasagna
Servings: 9 people
Calories: 526kcal


  • 12 lasagna noodles no-boil (oven-ready) noodles*
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
  • 16 oz mozzarella cheese slices or 4 cups shredded
  • 8 oz Italian sausage
  • 8 oz lean ground beef
  • 26 oz pasta sauce
  • 1 cup water


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. You will need a deep 11 x 7-inch or 13 x 9-inch pan.
  • In a large skillet, brown ground beef, breaking up large clumps. Drain and set aside.
  • Place Italian sausage in a saucepan with 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Drain and cool slightly. Slice in 1/8-1/4-inch slices. Set aside.
  • Mix ricotta, parsley, oregano and parmesan cheese in a small bowl.
  • Mix pasta sauce, water and ground beef in a large bowl.
  • Place 1 1/2 cups of sauce mixture on the bottom of the pan. Lay 3 lasagna noodles across the bottom.
  • Spread 1/3 of the ricotta mixture over noodles. Spread 1/3 of the mozzarella slices or shredded mozzarella over the ricotta mixture. Distribute 1/3 of the sausage slices over the top of the cheeses. Drizzle with 1/3 of the sauce mixture. Repeat 2 more times. Top with the last 3 lasagna noodles, spreading remaining sauce over the noodles. Sprinkle with additional shredded mozzarella if desired.
  • Cover with greased aluminum foil and place the baking dish on a baking tray and bake at 375 degrees for 55-60 minutes.
  • Remove foil and test noodle doneness with a knife. If noodles are soft, replace the foil cover and let stand for 10 minutes. If noodles are still "al dente" then return to oven for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Makes 9 servings.


*The same method should work with regular lasagna noodles. I used oven-ready in this but I've made this without cooking the noodles even with the "regular" lasagna. Of course you can cook the regular noodles first, but eliminate the 1 cup of water that is mixed with the sauce and it will only require about 30 minutes in a 350 (yes, different temp) oven.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1032mg | Potassium: 593mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 967IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 408mg | Iron: 3mg