Classic Lasagna

November 18, 2009

This is a classic tradition in our house, so much so that it’s always the centerpiece of Christmas dinner.   However, don’t wait for a holiday!  It’s delicious anytime.  I’m not allowed to give away the ‘gravy’ recipe so I’ll just say make a BIG batch of your favorite sauce, with or without meat.  We make the sauce a day ahead so it has plenty of time to simmer and then sit before going into the lasagna.  Just reheat it a bit before assembly.

We were cooking for a crowd and allowing for everyone to take home leftovers so we filled the big roaster pan.  You can easily put together a smaller batch in a rectangular baking dish.KBP_3199

  • Lasagna noodles, 3 boxes (We used the no-boil kind because they’re just a lot easier.  Boil if you like.)
  • Ricotta, 4 to 6 pounds
  • Mozzarella, 12 cups or so, grated
  • Parmesan, Romano and Asiago, several cups total, grated
  • Eggs, 6
  • Italian Parsley, about 1/3 cup snipped
  • Oregano, about 1/3 cup snipped
  • Basil Leaves
  • Sauce, a LOT

KBP_3207A big batch of your favorite sauce.  And big, because it always takes more than I think it will.KBP_3212Grate the Parmesan, Romano and Asiago.KBP_3218Snip the parsley and oregano.KBP_3220Beat the eggs to blend.KBP_3231Dump the ricotta into a large bowl.KBP_3235Add the eggs and herbs and stir until well-blended.KBP_3244Spread a thin layer of sauce over the bottom of your pan.  Cover evenly with the noodles but don’t overlap them.KBP_3252Spread with a layer of the ricotta mixture.  Arrange basil leaves over the top.KBP_3256Sprinkle with the Parmesan/Romano/Asiago blend.KBP_3260Add a bit more sauce.KBP_3265Sprinkle generously with the mozzarella.KBP_3271Repeat, making at least three more layers.KBP_3274Finish the top layer with sauce and cheeses.KBP_3282Bake at 350 for about an hour.  Cover with foil if necessary to keep the cheese from burning.KBP_3309Remove from the oven and let it sit for about 30 minutes before serving.KBP_3316We took OurLifeInTheKitchen on the road for this meal.  The lasagna went in the oven to reheat a bit before serving.KBP_3375Dish it up and enjoy!

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1 Steph November 19, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Lasagna is a family tradition for Christmas Eve for us too. I like to have it the night before Thanksgiving too – I am not a turkey person. I would always eat leftover lasagna for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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2 Lee October 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Do you have your sauce recipe on the site, I am always looking for a good tomato sauce recipe. Love the site so far after discovering it about a week ago. I am going through all the old posts.

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3 Karen Bove October 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I don’t have the classic sauce recipe on the site because classic sauce is my husband’s deal. It was hard enough to convince him to let me share the meatball recipe! I’ll keep trying to talk him into it :)

Glad you’re enjoying the blog.

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4 Lee October 29, 2010 at 11:13 am

Well keep at him. It looks really tasty. ;)

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