Recipe by Rich Madigan
"Time consuming, but worth it. This is a recipe my mom only makes for holidays or when her kids come home to visit. The sauce is better if you make it the day before and let it sit over night. You can make this ahead of time and freeze for a few weeks before you bake them. Serve in large squares smothered with any left over tomato sauce and a little parmesan on top."
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6 (16 ounce) cans
salt and pepper to taste
fresh basil leaves, torn
2 (16 ounce) packages
mozzarella cheese, shredded
grated Parmesan cheese
This is very similar to my family's recipe. We do, however, add a few eggs to the ricotta cheese (to help hold the lasagna together) as well as some seasoning, which is why one of the reviewers probably said the recipe was a little bland. Add black pepper, some nutmeg (a pinch), some parmesan cheese, and some fresh or dried parsley.
In addition, his sauce is a great starter. Cooking some meat in the sauce will yield a richer taste (if you eat meat). I bake some sausages in the oven to get rid of the excess oil, then drop in the sauce to cook. These can be served on the side, or cut up and added to the lasagna in slices. Same goes for meatballs.
This lasagna was decent, but to me, it was not worth the time that it takes to make it. I got compliments on the tomato sauce and it made the kitchen smell wonderful while i was making it, but the dish as a whole was a little bit too bland, and I didn't think that it tasted any better than sauce from a can.
WOW WOW WOW!!! I would give this 10 stars if I could. My mother made this recipe for my birthday party last night and it was amazing! My entire family (even the picky ones) raved over this. The only thing she changed was making one large casserole instead of two. We used some of the extra marinara sauce to dip the garlic bread in (I made Great Garlic Bread from this site). SO GOOD!! She let the sauce stand in the fridge for 2 nights so the flavors would really meld! Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe. It is now a family favorite. :)
I REALLY THINK THIS WONDERFULL LASAGNA IS JUST LIKE MOMS! LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT.
Simply delicious! I added 1-1/2 lbs Italian sausage to the recipe after the sauce was cooked. The flavor was outstanding. The only thing I would have done differently was to make extra sauce to put on top of each piece when serving.
I used this recipe for the sauce only and the sauce gets five stars from me and yields plenty! I cooked in 1/2 pound of ground beef. Instead of crushed tomatoes I used diced but I pulsed it, in batches, in the food processor for a few one second pulses. I also uped the basil a bit. Awesome! Will use this sauce recipe again and again!
This turned out very yummy. I added some pork sausage to the sauce and froze one pan for later!
This is a wonderful recipe! It was so delicious that it helped me land a new job and convinced my current girlfriend at the time to marry me!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
My Mom's Lasagna
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 273
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