Meat Lasagna

Part Two of Dustin’s birthday meal extravaganza: Meat Lasagna.

Meat Lasagna recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

And, when I say “Lasagna,” I mean Dustin’s style of lasagna — with plenty of Italian sausage, ground beef and, of course, cheese.

Not that I’m complaining.

This particular lasagna recipe has actually been passed down over several generations in Dustin’s family, starting first with his great grandmother on his mother’s side.

Meat Lasagna

Don’t you just love family recipes passed down through the generations?

Now, you know me…I have made my fair share of amendments to the recipe to make it my own.  But, overall, it makes a delicious meat lasagna.

As for Dustin’s birthday request(s), he was very happy to have his Part Two (of Three) and looks forward to having his Sweet Potato Casserole for dessert.

Meat Lasagna

*As a side note, I actually made a gluten-free version of this lasagna for my mother-in-law who is following a gluten-free diet.  I made everything the same, except I substituted Rice Lasagna for the regular lasagna noodles in Dustin’s version.  As for how it turned out, she said it was good.  Success!

My first intentionally gluten-free pasta dish!  Woohoo!


Meat Lasagna

makes 6-8 servings

1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb. sweet Italian sausage
1/2 lb. ground beef
1 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped plus extra for garnish, if desired
1 can (12 oz.) diced tomatoes
6-9 lasagna noodles (or rice noodles if going gluten-free)
15 oz. ricotta cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
12-16 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add Italian sausage and ground beef and cook until well-browned. Once well-browned, add basil and diced tomatoes. Once heated through, set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, parsley, eggs, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. This will constitute the cheese filling for the lasagna.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook lasagna noodles until tender, but not completely cooked through. Remove from water and drain.

Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce over the bottom of a 13-inch by 9-inch baking dish. Arrange noodles, slightly overlapping, over the sauce and across the bottom of the dish. Spread another thin layer of tomato sauce over the noodles. Spread a layer, using about half the cheese filling, over the sauce. Spread a layer, using about half the meat, over the cheese sauce. Spread a thin layer of mozzarella cheese over the meat layer. Repeat these steps, starting with the noodles, sauce, cheese filling and meat. Top the final layer with a generous portion of mozzarella.

Bake in oven for 30 minutes, or until the cheese starts to become golden brown around the edges and the lasagna is bubbling.

Let stand about 10 minutes prior to cutting into square for serving. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese or julienned basil, if desired.


As always, I want to thank you for visiting. I welcome your comments, questions, recipe suggestions and food stories. Here’s to doing what you love!


  1. says

    Just found you via tasty kitchen. I’m planning a lasagna dinner this weekend with the family & your recipe looks to be the best I’ve seen. I’ll be making the tomato sauce as well… as it looks like I can use it with stuffed shells (the veggie dish!) as well.

    Thanks! If I blog about it, I’ll give you props!

  2. says

    That looks absolutely amazing! I will try it for sure. My kids love lasagna, too and we all enjoy experimenting on different lasagna recipes. Just last week we tried zucchini and the kids gave it two thumbs up! Imagine that! :)

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