Hey there, wonderful folks! It’s Jessica speaking, your go to mom blogger all the way from sunny Phoenix, Arizona. I’m absolutely thrilled to bring you a little slice of my family’s history today. I want to share with you an incredibly special recipe that has been passed down from my Italian born and raised grandmother; an Authentic Italian Lasagna Recipe. This recipe means the world to me and I truly believe it will hold a special place in your hearts as well.
1. The Italian Comfort Food
Lasagna is more than just a meal; it’s a heartwarming Italian tradition that brings families together and evokes cherished memories of home. Loved by generations of Italians, from the vibrant streets of Bologna to the bustling kitchens of Naples, lasagna has seamlessly become a treasured centerpiece in our own family get togethers.
2. The Italian Grandma’s Legacy
I’ve always had a deep admiration for my grandmother and her traditional Italian recipes. Her Sunday Red Sauce, made with love and passed down through generations, is a true crowd pleaser. Its delectable taste is just one part of the equation; it’s the rich tradition and heartfelt story behind it that truly make it special. This embodies the essence of Italian cuisine. A celebration of family, heritage and genuine flavors.
3. The Holiday Tradition
In our household, lasagna has become a cherished tradition during the Christmas season. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t savor it at other times of the year as well. It’s truly a beloved dish among our family and frequently makes an appearance on our Sunday dinner table. And who can blame us? This satisfying meal is the ideal choice to wrap up a weekend and prepare ourselves for the upcoming week.
4. The No-Boil Noodles
I am a firm believer in no-boil lasagna noodles. They are a game-changer, trust me. You can’t even tell the difference between these and the ones you have to boil first. Plus, they make the whole process so much easier. Lasagna-making should be fun, not intimidating!
5. The Quick Homemade Meat Sauce
The heart of a lasagna, in my opinion, is the meat sauce. Unlike a Sunday Sauce that you cook for several hours, this is a quick homemade meat sauce. It’s a delicious blend of ground beef and ground sausage, simmered in a tangy tomato sauce. I personally love the combination of these meats in an Italian Red Sauce, especially for lasagna.
6. The San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes
One secret ingredient that I stand by is the San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes. They bring an authentic Italian flavor and texture to the sauce. You can find them in most grocery stores.
7. The Make-Ahead Option
Another great thing about lasagna is that you can make it ahead of time and freeze it. It’s a lifesaver during the holidays or when you have guests over.
8. How to Make the Best Homemade Lasagna
Now, let’s get to the fun part – making the lasagna. Don’t be overwhelmed; it’s not as complicated as it seems. And the best part is, the more you make it, the better you get at it.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to making the best homemade lasagna:
9. The Sauce
Start by heating some extra virgin olive oil in a large sauce pot. Add onions and sauté until they are soft. Then, add garlic and cook for another minute.
Next, add the ground beef and ground sausage to the pot. Break up the large pieces with a wooden spoon and season with salt and black pepper. Once the meat is no longer pink, add the crushed tomatoes. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
10. The Filling
In a large bowl, combine part-skim ricotta cheese, a beaten egg, grated parmigiano cheese, chopped flat leaf parsley, salt, and pepper. Set it aside while you assemble the lasagna.
11. The Assembly
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Start by spreading enough sauce in the lasagna pan to cover the bottom. Then, place four lasagna noodles on top of the sauce, slightly overlapping.
Add 1/3 of the ricotta mixture, 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, and 1 1/2 cups of sauce. Repeat these layers two more times.
Top with the remaining four lasagna noodles, the remaining sauce, and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until the top is bubbling.
Let the lasagna sit for 15 minutes before serving.
And there you have it, folks! An authentic Italian Lasagna, straight from my grandmother’s kitchen.
So, go ahead, roll up your sleeves, and start cooking. And remember, the secret to a great lasagna (or any dish for that matter) is not just the ingredients or the method, it’s the love and joy you put into it.