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One Step Lasagna with Sausage and Basil
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
1 (26-ounce) jar thick spaghetti or marinara sauce
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1 (1-pound) box lasagna noodles
1 (15-ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese
1 pound mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute beef and sausage in heavy large skillet over
medium-high heat until cooked through, breaking up meats with back of spoon,
about 4 minutes. Transfer meats to bowl.
Combine spaghetti sauce, water and basil in large bowl. Spread 1 1/2 cups sauce
mixture in bottom of 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Arrange 1/3 noodles,
slightly overlapping if necessary, atop sauce. Spread half of ricotta over
noodles. Sprinkle with half of mozzarella cheese, half of meat mixture and 1/4
cup Parmesan cheese. Top with 1 1/2 cups sauce. Repeat layering with noodles,
ricotta, mozzarella, meats and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Arrange remaining
noodles over. Spoon remaining sauce over, covering completely. Sprinkle with
remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan. Cover tightly with heavy-duty foil. Place on baking
Bake until noodles are tender and lasagna is heated through, about 1 hour.
Uncover; let stand 15 minutes. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Rewarm covered in
350 degrees oven about 45 minutes.) Cut lasagna into squares and serve.
Serves 6 to 8.
Source: Bon Appetit, September 1997