This is a great lasagna base. The only thing I add is vegetables (red and green bell peppers, sometimes mushrooms), and the basil I use is fresh from the garden. Be sure you use italian sausage with lots of seasoning (I prefer the johnsonville sweet), if you only use plain ground beef it will be bland. I've used both pork and chicken sausage, both have turned out great. Also, only use canned tomatoes with no salt added. Sometimes I substitute the sauce for diced tomatoes with basil and garlic. I usually have that on hand, but don't always have sauce. I also double the ricotta cheese mixture because I like two layers for my extra thick pan, and I add a handful of parmesan to the cheese mixture to add more flavor to that layer. I love this recipe, because if I am missing an ingredient or two it isn't the end of the world. You can make this 1,000 different ways and it is always good. The extra work has been worthwhile the hundreds of times I've made it.
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This is a great lasagna base. The only thing I add is vegetables (red and green bell peppers,...