In large oiled skillet , brown together optional onion, ground beef and italian sausage ... drain off excess grease ... add spices ... continue cooking for a minute or two... add 2 tbs sugar, tomatoes , sauce, paste and water .. cook on low/medium heat until sauce begins to bubble (stirring often) ... set aside
*In medium mixing bowl add ricotta cheese, 1 lrg egg, 1 tbs sugar and 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes .. whisk until mixed well... set aside
line baking dish with reynolds lining paper.
spoon and spread evenly several tablespoons of sauce onto lined baking dish... place 4 lasagna noodles lengthwise over sauce .. spoon/spread evenly several more tablespoons of sauce over noodles ... sprinkle evenly pkg of italian cheese... add another layer of lasagna noodles (3 noodles) ... spoon/spread evenly several tablespoons sauce over noodles .. spoon/spread evenly all ricotta cheese ... add remaining 3 lasagna noodles ... spoon/ spread evenly several tablespoons sauce .. sprinkle 1/2 pkg of mozzarella cheese.
place 1 sheet of tin foil over lasagna dish (if not using a dish with lid) ... bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes ... remove lid/foil add remaining mozzarella cheese and baked uncovered for an additional 10-15 minutes until cheese has browned. Remove from oven .. let cool approx 5 minutes before cutting into.