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Recipe by
Judy Garcia
Gunnison, UT

I have used this recipe for my spaghetti since I got married 52 years ago. I have made it so many times that the recipe card is ragged and barely readable. My family loves it. The cook time I have given includes the time necessary to make the sauce from scratch; however, if you use bottled marinara sauce along with the meats and vegetables, you can cut about 3 hours out of the time.

yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 4 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For lasagna

  • 1 can
    (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 3 can
    (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 can
    (16 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2-3 c
    hot water
  • 1 Tbsp
    italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried basil
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 1/2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground italian sausage
  • 1 lg
    onion, diced
  • 2-3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 lg
    green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 pkg
    oven-ready lasagna noodles
  • 24 oz
    cottage cheese
  • 1 lb
    mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried parsley

How To Make lasagna

  • 1
    In large pan, combine first 10 ingredients. Allow to simmer for at least an hour.
  • 2
    In frying pan, brown ground beef and sausage; add meat to tomato mixture. Allow to simmer an additional 1-2 hours.
  • 3
    OPTIONAL: You may use the spaghetti sauce of your choice if you don't want to make it from scratch.
  • 4
    Mix the cottage cheese and mozzarella cheese together; stir in parsley.
  • 5
    Lightly grease a large baking dish (13 x 9 pan works well). Spoon in a layer of sauce to cover the bottom of the pan (about 1/3 of it). Top with strips of oven-ready lasagna noodles. Spread with half of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers, ending with meat sauce. NOTE: You may not need the full recipe of homemade sauce.
  • 6
    Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes until bubbly. Remove from oven and allow to stand 10-15 minutes to set layers. Cut into 3" squares and serve with a side salad and garlic bread.