A secret family recipe!

Michael Symon's Mom's Lasagna

  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 pound Pork Neck Bones (optional)
  • 1 pound Ground Pork
  • 1 pound Ground Veal
  • 1 pound Spicy Italian Sausage (loose or removed from casing)
  • 1/2 cup Dry White Wine
  • 2 28- ounce can San Marzano Tomatoes (with their juice)
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 pound Dried Lasagna Noodles
  • 2 pound Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Oregano Leaves
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 pound Fresh Mozzarella Cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
step-by-step directions
step-by-step directions
  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, garlic, and a three-finger pinch of salt and sweat them until they're translucent, 2 minutes.
  • Add the neck bones and brown them, about 5 minutes. Add the ground veal and beef and sausage, season with another healthy pinch of a salt, and continue cooking until the meat is browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the white wine, tomatoes, and their juice, and the bay leaves, scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon, making sure to get all of the browned bits into the sauce. Season the sauce with salt and simmer for 2 hours over medium heat. Remove the bay leaves and neck bones and let cool. Skim any fat that rises to the surface.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add enough salt so that it tastes seasoned and allow the water to return to a boil. Add the noodles and cook until al dente. Drain well and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl mix together the ricotta, parsley, basil, oregano and eggs with a pinch of salt.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • In a lasagna pan - 9 by 13 is optimal - drizzle olive on the bottom of the pan. Arrange a layer of noodles on this followed by a layer of sauce and then some of the ricotta mixture, smoothing it with a spatula to the edges. Repeat the process until the pan is full. Finish with a final layer of noodles, sauce, the mozzarella, and parmesan.
  • Cover the lasagna with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. Uncover and bake from 30 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes before cutting and serving.
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