How to Make My Ultimate Meat Lovers Lasagna in 11 Easy Steps
Wow, thanks to everyone who read my previous post, People this IS the Best Ever French Onion Soup Recipe. With over 5000 views in a couple of days all I could think was, “Oh No, how do I follow THAT !” I have the answer, and we had it for dinner last night with guests. Last night I promised 22-year-old Andrew I would post it for him so he can make my Ultimate Meat Lovers Lasagna while away at college.
Life is Weird, Right!
A funny little back story on our guests. My brother Sam worked for American Airlines 17 years ago when you could fly your friends for free. It was December when he took my husband and our friend Tom to Chicago for the day to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Chicago Bears. All Buc’d Up in their best Buccaneer gear they headed out planning to return that evening. I warned my husband as he went out the door if a bar or a woman became involved with my brother they would not make it home that night. Forwarned, off they went on their adventure.
When the game ended my brother called his airline to see what the first flight home to Tampa looked like, it was full so they decided rather than wait at the airport on standby they’d wait in a bar on Rush Street and phone in. I think you can see where this is going; the last flight left while they were still in the bar!
I got a phone call from Bill explaining how they’d met some random ‘guy’ from Sheboygan, Wisconsin who growing up in Green Bay country became a HUGE Bucs fan. Sound unbelievable to you too?
This ‘guy’ noticing their fan gear struck up a conversation at the game! They then followed him to this bar! He told them he was a cop and staying with a buddy in Chicago. The ‘guy’, invited them to spend the night at his buddy’s place. As Bill was reassuring me that he had seen this ‘guys’ badge I pointed out his responsibilities as a father to a little boy, I think AJ was maybe 4 years old at the time.
My EXACT words were, “Sorry, you are not allowed to spend the night with Jeffrey Dahmer and his little friend! PUT my brother on the phone!” To sum it up, my brother paid for a very expensive hotel room, they got home safely and Bill and that ‘guy’ have been good friends ever since!
The guy is named Jeff, funny right, he was a Jeffrey, and he really IS a Buc fan in GB country! Jeff stays with us in Tampa when he comes for Bucs games and we met his family years ago in Green Bay. It was that ‘guy’ who came to dinner last night with his family. It was fun, we laughed till we cried while enjoying my Meat Lovers Lasagna with that ‘guy’ Jeff, his beautiful wife, his girl’s and son.
Try it, You’ll Like It! (printable recipe at the bottom)
I hope you will try this recipe; when Bill and I cooked for the families at Palma Ceia Little League I made Meat Lovers Lasagna on Tuesdays. Families who were not playing that night called to order dinners ‘To Go’. Everyone who tries it seems to like it!
So here you go Andrew, this is for you and your buddies at school. I have never published it or shared this recipe with anyone before today:
Note: I like to use an aluminum Lasagna pan because you toss it afterward; you can make this recipe in a 13 x 9 glass casserole.
(Preheat oven to 350 degrees)
Step 1 – Cook lasagna noodles following package directions, drain and set aside to cool and dry a little. I always cook 10 in case one gets mangled while cooking, if not, I eat it!
Step 2 – Cook the ground meats (chuck and sausage) together in a large pot breaking up the meat with your spatula as it cooks so it is small and crumbly – drain and set aside.
Step 3 – Mix together the ricotta cheese, egg, oregano, salt, pepper and a 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese.
Step 4 – Pour a small amount of Ragu into the bottom of your pan tipping to coat the entire bottom of the pan.
Step 5 – Take 3 drained and cooled lasagna noodles and lay them side by side in the bottom of your pan on top of the Ragu.
Step 6 – Drop approx 2 tablespoons of Ricotta mixture onto the center of each noodle and spread it out covering the length of each of the noodles.
Step 7 – Sprinkle a 1/3 of the meat mixture on top of the ricotta spreading it evenly in the pan.
Step 8 – Place 4-6 slices of provolone over the meat, if money is tight and I bought 1 package I cut them in half and place half-pieces. If I bought 2 packages I use whole rounds.
Step 9 – Sprinkle 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese evenly over the provolone.
Step 10 – Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the mozzarella.
Step 11 – Sprinkle some of the Ragu, about 1 cup, in blobs here and there over the cheeses. Repeat with two more layers of noodles, ricotta, meat, cheese, ending with dribbled sauce.
Hint: Once you have dribbled your sauce onto the top layer, I save a little mozzarella to sprinkle randomly on top of the blobs of sauce, it looks prettier when baked.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees in the center of your oven, uncovered
Remove from oven and let stand for 30 minutes on top of the warm stove top before cutting and enjoying with a side of spaghetti, extra sauce, and parmesan.
Nothing Beats a night spent with Family, Good Friends, and Good Food!
Sorry for the blurry photo above – we should have taken pics at the beginning of the night BWAB.
Let me know Andrew if you make it how it came out! We enjoyed having everyone here last night! Go Bucs!!
With a smile, Carlyn 🙂
- Ragu Pasta sauce
- 10 lasagna noodles cooked according to package directions
- 2 cups good Ricotta Cheese
- 1 Large egg
- 2 teaspoons Oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 pound ground chuck
- 1 pound loose ground mild Italian sausage
- 16 ounces grated mozzarella cheese
- 1-2 packages sliced provolone cheese ( I use one when money is tight)
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- (Preheat oven to 350 degrees)
- Cook lasagna noodles following package directions, drain and set aside to cool and dry a little. I always cook 10 in case one gets mangled while cooking, if not, I eat it!
- Cook the ground meats (chuck and sausage) together in a large pot breaking up the meat with your spatula as it cooks so it is small and crumbly - drain and set aside.
- Mix together the ricotta cheese, egg, oregano, salt, pepper and a ½ cup of the parmesan cheese.
- Pour a small amount of Ragu into the bottom of your pan tipping to coat the entire bottom of the pan.
- Take 3 drained and cooled lasagna noodles and lay them side by side in the bottom of your pan on top of theRagu
- Drop approx 2-3 tablespoons of Ricotta mixture on the center of each noodle and spread out covering the length of each of the noodles.
- Sprinkle a ⅓ of the meat mixture on top of the ricotta spreading it evenly in the pan.
- Place 3-6 slices of provolone over the meat, if money is tight and I bought 1 package I cut them in half and use half-pieces, if I bought 2 packages I use whole rounds.
- Sprinkle ⅓ of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese evenly over the provolone.
- Sprinkle some of the Ragu in blobs here and there over the cheeses and repeat with two more layers of noodles, ricotta, meat, cheese, ending with dribbled sauce.
- Bake for 30 minutes in the center of a 350 degree oven.
- Let rest for a minumum of 15 minutes before serving.