World’s Best Lasagna: A Classic Italian Favorite

This recipe for the “World’s Best Lasagna” is a timeless classic that combines layers of rich tomato sauce, creamy ricotta cheese, savory ground beef, and tender lasagna noodles. With a perfect balance of flavors and textures, this lasagna is sure to become a family favorite.

Preparation Time:

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total time: 2 hours


For the Meat Sauce:

  • 1 pound (450g) lean ground beef
  • 1 pound (450g) Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces/800g) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 ounces/170g each) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Ricotta Mixture:

  • 1 container (15 ounces/425g) ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup (100g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup (15g) chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 box (16 ounces/450g) lasagna noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 4 cups (400g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Additional grated Parmesan cheese, for topping
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)


1. Prepare the Meat Sauce:

  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and cook until softened and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef and Italian sausage to the skillet, breaking it up with a spoon, and cook until browned and cooked through.
  • Drain any excess grease from the skillet.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water, dried basil, dried oregano, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Prepare the Ricotta Mixture:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.

3. Assemble the Lasagna:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Spread a thin layer of the meat sauce on the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Place a layer of cooked lasagna noodles on top of the sauce, slightly overlapping them.
  • Spread half of the ricotta mixture evenly over the noodles.
  • Sprinkle with one-third of the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Repeat the layers, starting with the meat sauce, followed by noodles, ricotta mixture, and shredded mozzarella cheese, until all ingredients are used, ending with a layer of meat sauce on top.

4. Bake the Lasagna:

  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and sprinkle the top of the lasagna with additional grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Return the lasagna to the oven and bake, uncovered, for an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Let the lasagna cool for a few minutes before slicing.

5. Serve:

  • Garnish the lasagna with fresh basil leaves, if desired, and serve hot.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve the “World’s Best Lasagna” with garlic bread and a simple green salad for a complete meal.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for longer storage.

Cooking Tips:

  • Be sure to cook the lasagna noodles until al dente, as they will continue to cook in the oven.
  • You can customize this lasagna recipe by adding your favorite vegetables, such as spinach or mushrooms, to the meat sauce.
  • Letting the lasagna rest for a few minutes before slicing allows it to set and makes for easier serving.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Classic Flavor: This recipe stays true to the classic flavors of lasagna, with layers of rich meat sauce, creamy ricotta cheese, and melted mozzarella.
  • Crowd Pleaser: Perfect for feeding a crowd or as a comforting family meal, this lasagna is sure to satisfy everyone’s appetite.
  • Make-Ahead Option: You can assemble the lasagna ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to bake, making it a convenient option for busy weeknights or entertaining.


Indulge in the comforting flavors of the “World’s Best Lasagna” with this classic recipe that’s perfect for any occasion. With layers of savory meat sauce, creamy ricotta cheese, and gooey melted mozzarella, this lasagna is sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy the delicious aroma and hearty taste of homemade lasagna straight from your oven!

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