Denise's Meat & Cheese Lover's Lasagna

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 45m
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"Our family lasagna recipe. I've been working on this one for close to 20 years and we think it's perfect. This is very meaty, very cheesy. As my husband Dave tells me every time I make this, "This is the best one yet!" Note - Don't forget to remove the bay leaf."

Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (286.3 g)
  • Calories 555
  • Total Fat - 30.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 79.6 mg
  • Sodium - 749.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 45.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.3 g
  • Sugars - 13.9 g
  • Protein - 27 g
  • Calcium - 245 mg
  • Iron - 8.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 5.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

In a large skillet or dutch oven, combine ground round and italian sausage and begin to brown over medium high heat. As the meats are browning, add the yellow onion, green pepper, salt, basil, oregano, bay leaf, onion powder, black pepper, red pepper flakes, parsley and garlic; continue to brown. You want to get a nice crust on the meats, it adds so much more flavor to the sauce.

Step 2

Once you have nice browning on your meats, add the red wine. Stir well and let simmer 3-4 minutes to burn off a bit of the alcohol.

Step 3

Add tomato sauce, tomao puree and tomato paste. Stir well, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes to two hours.

Step 4

While sauce is simmering, cook lasagna noodles in a very large pot of water that has been seasoned with one tablespoon salt. Do not completely cook the noodles, they need to be a bit less than al dente or "chewy". Drain in a large colander, run under cool water and rinse.

Step 5

To assemble - Place about a ladle full of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Top with 4 lasagna noodles, cover with meat sauce and sprinkle with a cup of mozzarella cheese and about 1/4 cup parmesan. Repeat this layer and add 1/2 cup cheddar.

Step 6

For the third layer, place four lasagna noodles, completely cover with the ricotta cheese and top with the six slices of provolone. For the final layer - four lasagna noodles, cover with meat sauce, top with the remaining cheeses.

Step 7

Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



This makes a large pan of lasagna but it is very good. We only had one can of tomato paste but otherwise made as directed for a wonderful and very filling lasagna. Thanks for sharing!

review by:
(25 Dec 2020)


We were having a crowd over and I needed to make something that would fill everyone up. This is a really flavorful lasagna and we loved it! I got lots of requests for the recipe that I had to print out for everyone. Now they can make it too! I will be making it again for sure!

review by:
(14 Aug 2018)


The ingredient list and directions do make this recipe seem a bit labour intensive, but it is not! This is quite easy to put together and the end result is divine!!! Made for the Alphabet Soup Recipe Tag Game.

review by:
(6 May 2012)