Friday, October 12, 2012

Grandma Ruth's Homemade Lasagna

October 12, 2012

My husband graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 2005, so needless to say, he is a great cook! I, on the other hand, am not that good at cooking or even like to cook. I am a sucker for take-out, pizza, something quick and easy. My mother never taught me how to cook or had me cook meals in the kitchen. 

Culinary Institute of America
 Hyde Park, NY

Going out to eat can be costly and not always great for our health. Now that I am almost 30 years old, with a third child on the way, I have finally decided that it is time to teach myself how to cook! If you find yourself in the same boat I welcome you to join me on my quest to finding simple recipes that taste great and are healthy for the whole family.

Grandma Ruth's Homemade Lasagna

All of our ingredients, spread out on
the table and ready to go!

Harper was super excited
about helping mommy!

Here are the layers from all the good
scrumptious ingredients put together.

This is the no boil lasagna noodles
and organic sauce we used from meijers. 

Freshly grated mozzarella cheese is in
the background 
and in the front is
the cottage cheese mixed with 1 egg. 

More Layers!

All ready to go in the oven! 

All Finished!
Grandma Ruth’s Homemade Lasagna
Prep time: 60 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour 45 mins
Serves: 12

  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 batch of Grandma Ruth’s Spaghetti Sauce (or you can use 2 jars of pre-made)
  • 16 oz of Ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 packages (9 oz each) of no boil Lasagna noodles (flat, not wavy)
  • Parsley and garlic powder for dusting the top.


  1. Make sauce early in the morning and let simmer all day.
  2. Cook the combination of Italian sausage and ground beef in a large pan. Drain and set aside.
  3. Place Ricotta cheese in a large bowl and add egg. Beat well. Set aside.
  4. Shred mozzarella cheese and place in a large bowl. Set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 now.
  6. Lay out all of these ingredients and a 9×13 lasagna pan in an assembly line on your counter.
  7. Ladle 2 cups of sauce into your pan and coat.
  8. Take your uncooked lasagna noodles and lay them out over sauce. About 5-6 horizontally and 2 vertically. You do not need to be perfect-I promise you won’t mess up.
  9. Take about a cup of ricotta cheese and with a butter knife spread it on top of your noodles.
  10. Sprinkle Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses on top of Ricotta cheese.
  11. Sprinkle Italian sausage on top of cheeses.
  12. Ladle more sauce on top.
  13. Repeat process until pan is filled.
  14. Top with Mozzarella cheese, a sprinkle of garlic powder and a garnish of parsley on top.
  15. Bake covered for 30 mins, uncover and bake an additional 15 mins until bubbly and lightly browned on top

It was so good! Both my girls ate it, even my picky 1 year old eater. This will definitely become a staple in our house. I can't wait to make it again! :)


If you are in need of some fresh new recipes please visit Janelle’s blog at Comfy In the Kitchen ! She also has a Feasting In Fellowship Friday Link-Up Party.

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