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American Lasagna on a plate

American Lasagna

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


American Lasagna – A delicious lasagna recipe made with ground beef and sausage, with a little bit of brown sugar to give it something special.



  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 (29 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 12 dry lasagna noodles
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 pint part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling on the top


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef, sausage, onion and garlic; drain fat. Mix in basil, oregano, brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add lasagna noodles, and cook until al dente. Drain the noodles and lay flat on paper towels to dry.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, parsley and 1 teaspoon salt.
  4. Spread a small amount of the sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Layer 1/3 of the lasagna noodles in the bottom of the dish. Cover noodles with 1/2 ricotta mixture, 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese and 1/3 of the sauce. Repeat. Top with remaining noodles and sauce, then the remaining mozzarella. Sprinkle additional Parmesan cheese over the top. Bake in the preheated oven 45-60 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  5. If making the day before, refrigerate after assembling the lasagna, before baking it. Add an additional 15 minutes to the cook time.

Recipe Notes:

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Keywords: lasagna