Absolute Best Ever Lasagna

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef

1/2 lb Italian sausage

1 large onion, chopped

2 -3 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2-2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried basil

2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped

2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

24 ounces cottage cheese

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons parsley

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 lb mozzarella cheese, divided

12 -15 lasagna noodles

Directions:

1. Brown ground beef, Italian sausage, onion and garlic.

2. Add salt, pepper, parsley, oregano, basil, chopped tomatoes with juice, and tomato paste; stirring until well mixed.

3. Cover and simmer 1 hour (or longer, but watch for getting too dry).

4. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.

5. Spray a 13 x 9" baking pan with cooking spray.

6. Combine cottage cheese, eggs, pepper, 2 tablespoons parsley, Parmesan cheese and 1/2 1lb of mozzarella cheese; In a lasagna pan, layer noodles, meat sauce, and cheese mixture; repeat.

7. Top off with layer of noodles; sprinkle evenly with remaining mozzarella cheese; make sure to cover noodles completely.

8. Bake at 375F for 40-60 minutes, or until cheese mixture is thoroughly melted.

9. Let sit for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving.

Bon Appetit!

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