Sunday Dinner Lasagna

jordan Sabbatino


Growing up in an Italian home, Sunday dinner was very important. As far back as my memory goes, I remember sitting in the kitchen with my family while the Sunday sauce slowly cooked on the stove. It was torture waiting all day for it to be ready! As I got older, I developed my own cooking style and my own recipes - including my lasagna. Now this is a staple at Sunday dinner and will continue to be once I have my own family (its already requested constantly from my fiancee!

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9 - 12 depending on pieces cut
30 Min
3 Hr 30 Min


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1 lb
italian sausage, sweet
1 lb
meat loaf mix
1/2 c
onion, minced or grated
2 clove
garlic, crushed or minced
13 oz
tomato sauce
12 oz
tomato paste
28 oz
tomatoes, crushed
14 oz
5-10 sprig(s)
basil, fresh (depending on size)
2 Tbsp
parsley, italian
2 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
italian seasoning
1 Tbsp
salt (may need more - to taste)
1/2 Tbsp
pepper (may need more - to taste)
1 Tbsp
1 pinch
red pepper flakes (to taste - can exclude)
2 Tbsp
parmigiano-reggiano, grated


lasagna noodles


16 oz
ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp
1 tsp
parsley, italian , chopped


1 lb
mozzarella cheese, grated/shredded
1/2 c
parmigiano-reggiano, grated

How to Make Sunday Dinner Lasagna


  • 1In sauce pot heat olive oil to medium-med high heat and add garlic/onions sauté for a few moments and then add both meats until well browned
  • 2Stir in tomato sauce, paste, crushed tomatoes and water (swirl the water around all tomato cans) and then add salt, pepper, sugar, basil, parsley, Italian seasoning and optional red pepper. Add butter and grated parmesan cheese, stir. Simmer for 1½ - 2 hrs covered and stir occasionally. Sauce is even better if left to sit overnight in fridge!
  • 3Preheat oven to 375°F. In 9x13 inch pan put unbaked regular lasagna noodles & hot tap water until they are submerged; let sit for about 10 minutes drain and pat dry.
  • 4In a bowl, mix one egg with salt and chopped parsley to the ricotta cheese, stir in grated Parmesan.
  • 5Spread about 1½c sauce on the bottom of the pan. Lay noodles across top of sauce, spread some ricotta mix and mozzarella. Repeat process until all noodles have been used.
  • 6Top with remaining mozzarella and cover with foil
  • 7Bake for 25 minutes covered and then 25 minutes uncovered (at 375°F) - broil for 5 minutes uncovered if you like a dark cripsy top. Rest for 15 minutes
  • 8ENJOY and Mangia!

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About Sunday Dinner Lasagna

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: For Kids

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