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Lasagna with Meat Sauce

posted in Main Dishes by Kathy Maister
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When making Lasagna with meat sauce you can add cooked ground beef or cooked ground Italian sausage or cooked turkey-sausage to the sauce for a great tasting lasagna.

To make Lasagna with Meat Sauce, start by reviewing my Spinach Lasagna video below:

Skip adding the spinach!

You could leave it in but there are there are a lot of strong flavors competing with one another!

Mix together the cooked meat with the jar of spaghetti sauce and start assembling your lasagna – just like in the video!

Remember the meat must get cooked completely and the fat drained off before adding it to the sauce.

You can make your sauce from scratch by using my Pasta Sauce with Turkey Italian Sausage (shown below) and use it in place of the store bought jar of spaghetti sauce.

When you are assembling your lasagna, the layering of all the ingredients can get confusing.

Just remember to start with about ¾ cup of sauce on the bottom of the pan. Then the order is:

  1. Pasta, sauce, cheeses
  2. Pasta, sauce, cheeses and
  3. Pasta, sauce, cheeses!


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bev said:

i would like a spinach lasagna with meat sauce

Kathy Maister said:

Bev, I think you should give it a try and let me know how it turns out! :)

D. said:

This lasagna is fast and fantastic!! I made the meat and the spinach lasagna for Christmas and it was outstanding. Everyone loved it and even cutting corners w/ pre made ingredients did not cut out any of the flavor that is so loved in a lasagna. My personal favorite was the meat lasagna which I am making today w/ ground sausage, for another family gathering for more of an italian style. I just love this video receipe!

Kathy Maister said:

D. that’s great to hear! Thanks for sharing!

Lydia said:

Hey, I just like to say thanks SO MUCH for adding these recipies!!

I plan on cooking this tonight!

I’m sure it will turn out GREAT!!!!

THanks again!


Amanda said:

Hi Kathy! When you use meat sauce instead of the spinach sauce, do you skip adding the ricotta? .. and then just do pasta, meat sauce, mozzarella cheese? Thanks Amanda

Kathy Maister said:

Hi Amanda, I like the ricotta layer in addition to the meat sauce! Good luck!

Liliana said:

I got the recipe now!!! Let’s see what happen!!!!!!!!

aani said:

can i use conrned beef instead of ground beef in lasagna?if so, how do i use it?

startcooking said:

Corned beef is not appropriate for this recipe.

Here is a link to my post on How to Cook Corned Beef.

Gerry said:

Nice read!

Ken Leek said:

Looks like an awesome recipe…I’m going to give this lasagna a whirl tonight.

Ron Gerber said:

I cooked this lasagna last knight and…..WOW! Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper!

Ron Gerber said:

I made this lasagna for diner last night and….WOW! Amazing recipe. Thanks for bringing the heat when it comes to cooking.

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