Deep Dish Meat Lasagna

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This deep dish meat lasagna is perfection – not only is it layers of soft noodles, hearty meat sauce and melted cheese, but it’a also a crowd-pleasing comfort food that’s both quick and easy to make.

Ingredients

Meat Sauce

2 lbs lean ground beef
1 (28oz/796ml) can diced tomatoes
1 cup tomato paste
3 tbsp packed brown sugar
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp dried oregano

Cheese Filling

2 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups ricotta cheese
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 tsp kosher salt

12 oven-ready lasagna noodles
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided in half
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for topping

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 13×9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

2) For the sauce, in a large skillet, brown beef over medium-high heat. Drain and return to pan, adding diced tomatoes with their juice, tomato paste, brown sugar, basil, salt and oregano. Bring to a boil and then turn down to low, simmering for 30 minutes.

3) For the cheese filling, in a medium bowl, whisk eggs, ricotta, Parmesan, basil and salt.

4) To assemble, spread 1 cup of meat sauce in the prepared dish. Top with 4 noodles, 1/2 of the ricotta mixture, 11/2 cups mozzarella and 1 cup meat sauce. Top with 4 more noodles, remaining ricotta and remaining mozzarella. Place 4 remaining noodles on top, cover with remaining meat sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes.

Serves 8

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