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Grandma Caruso's Famous Lasagna Recipe

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This recipe for Grandma Caruso's Famous Lasagna, by , is from Family Favorites from the Albis and Caruso Homes, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Lisa Albis
Added: Thursday, November 15, 2007


Lasagna noodles (approximately 2 lbs.) – Mama Del’s or Ronzoni - no boil work best
3 lbs. whole milk (or part skim) Ricotta
2 cups shredded Mozzarella (whole milk, not reduced fat)
˝ cup Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 lb. cooked and drained, seasoned ground beef (seasoned with garlic powder, salt and pepper)
1 lb. cooked and drained, seasoned ground veal (or pork)

Connie’s Tomato Sauce or Helen Albis’s Award Winning Sauce (never ever use jar sauce, someone always has some homemade frozen).

*Please note, don't try to make this recipe healthy, it is lasagna, it really should be made with whole milk ricotta and mozzarella.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ricotta, Parmesan cheese and eggs together; mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine cooked ground beef and ground veal (or pork). Be sure to drain oil.

Using a large (13x9 or larger), deep casserole pan, coat the bottom of the pan with sauce. Layer the bottom of the pan with lasagna noodles. Place a thin layer of meat on top of the lasagna noodles.
Place a thin layer of the ricotta mixture on top of the meat layer (Grandma liked to drop small spoonfuls and spread them along) – note: this layer does not need to be neat and evenly spread, baking will even the cheeses out). Sprinkle with shredded Mozzarella. Cover with sauce (not too much … with many layers, too much sauce will make the lasagna too loose). Continue layering until you reach the top of the pan. The last layer will be lasagna noodles. Cover last layer of noodles with sauce and sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese. Be sure to cover all of the noodles to avoid burning.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes or until Mozzarella is melted and golden brown. Let sit on counter for 15 – 20 minutes before serving.

Note – the meat and the cheese mixtures can be combined in one bowl for ease of layering (takes the fun out of it though).

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
We all loved Grandma Caruso's lasagna on Sundays or during the Holidays. Thank you Barbara for typing up this special recipe!




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