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Joy Behar
Servings: 4
1 to 2 hr

Comedienne/talk show host Joy Behar shares her ultimate lasagna recipe.

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
  • 1/2 box Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 cup Chopped Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 1/2 lbs Sweet Italian Sausage (removed from casings)
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 28 oz can Crushed Italian Tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can Tomato Paste
  • 1 16 oz jar Marinara Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Oregano
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons Pepper
  • 1 lb Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese (freshly grated)
  • 1 extra large Egg
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Parsley
  • 1 lb Whole Milk Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (freshly grated for garnish)
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and position the oven rack in the middle.
  • To make the meat sauce, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan.
  • Add the onion and cook over medium-low heat until translucent (about 5 minutes).
  • Add the garlic and stir for one more minute. 
  • Then add the sausage and cook over medium-low heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until fully cooked and no longer pink.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, marinara sauce, tomato paste, oregano, basil, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
  • Soak lasagna noodles in hot tap water.
  • While the sauce is simmering, make the cheese filling. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, 1 cup of Parmesan, the beaten egg, chopped parsley, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
  • Ladle one third of the meat sauce into a 9”x 12”x 2” casserole or baking pan. Spread the sauce over the bottom of the dish.
  • Then add approximately half the pasta (in one layer, cover the sauce with the noodles), half the sliced mozzarella, half the cheese mixture, and one third of the sauce.
  • Add another single layer of noodles, mozzarella, ricotta, and the remaining sauce.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan.
  • Bake uncovered for 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling.
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