My Ultimate Lasagna

Meat Sauce Ingredients:

1 T olive oil
1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 - 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 - 15 oz. cans tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
2 cups water
2 T Italian seasoning
kosher salt
black pepper
pinch salt
pinch red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves

In a large sauce or stock pot, add olive oil, ground beef, and sausage.  Use a potato masher to break up the meat.  Cook over medium high heat until meat is browned.  Add the onions and cook until translucent.  Add the garlic and cook another minute.  Add remaining ingredients (crushed tomatoes through bay leaves).  Stir and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Your meat sauce will be fairly thick after simmering.  Don't forget to remove the bay leaves at the end.  I lost one in my meat sauce...nobody found it at dinner, so it must have gone home with a special somebody in their leftovers.  Sorry!

Mushroom and Spinach Filling:

1 bag baby spinach, washed, stems removed
1 T olive oil
1 T butter
8 oz baby portobella mushrooms, sliced
8 oz button mushrooms, sliced
kosher salt
garlic powder

In a large saute pan, add the washed spinach and saute until wilted.  Remove cooked spinach to a strainer and squeeze remaining water out.  Set aside in a bowl.

In the same saute pan, add the olive oil, butter, and mushrooms.  Cook over medium heat until the mushrooms are done.  Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.  Pour cooked mushrooms into a strainer to drain, then add to the cooked spinach.  Set aside.

Ricotta Mixture:

1 C shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 T grated parmesan cheese
1 - 15 oz container ricotta cheese
1 egg
1 T Italian seasoning
kosher salt

In a medium bowl, add all the ingredients and stir well to combine.  Set aside until ready to assemble lasagna.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook lasagna noodles in salted water with oil until al dente.  Drain and lay out flat on a baking sheet. 

Spray a lasagna casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.  I wrote myself a layering list to make it easier.

Lasagna Assembly:

1.  Meat sauce
2.  Noodles
3.  1/3 ricotta mixture
4.  1/2 mushrooms/spinach
5.  Meat sauce
6.  Noodles
7.  1/3 ricotta mixture
8.  Remaining mushrooms/spinach
9.  Meat sauce
10.  Noodles
11.  Remaining ricotta mixture
12.  Meat sauce
13.  1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Cover tightly with non-stick foil.  Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour.  Uncover and continue to bake  for another 10-15 minutes until bubbly.  Enjoy!