My FIL’s favorite lasagna

We were lucky to have my father in law live with us for a few months before he went into a eldercare facility. One of the symptoms of his illness was an increased appetite. Living with my food-loving husband for nearly 20 years, I had been training for this-haha! And man my father in law loved lasagna!

Once baked, sprinkle with torn fresh basil and enjoy!

We recently lost him. So henceforth this recipe will be in his memory, and I made one for our family tonight. Enjoy it with your father in law or your favorite lasagna lover soon!


Red sauce:

Small chopped onion

1 clove garlic

Ground beef

Ground mild sausage (cuz it’s extra)

24 oz jar pasta sauce

Small can tomato sauce

Tbsp italian seasoning

1/2 Tbsp oregano

For the white cheese layer:

16 oz ricotta cheese (or half ricotta and half small curd cottage cheese if thats your thing)

1 egg

Palmful of grated parmesan cheese

1 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 tsp italian seasoning

1/2 tsp pepper

Other ingredients:

9 lasagna noodles, cooked (no bake noodles freak me out 🤷🏼‍♀️)

2 lbs shredded mozzarella, divided

Grated parmesan and lots of it!


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook the noodles.

Dice onion and saute with garlic in olive oil. Brown both meats. Rinse and drain. Add remaining red sauce ingredients and 1/2 Cup water. (I firmly believe in a saucy lasagna). Set aside.

Mix together white cheese layer ingredients and set aside.

Drain noodles. Build the lasagna.

Here are all the goodies. From left, red two-meat sauce, noodles, white cheese layer, shredded mozzarella cheese, and grated parmesan cheese.
Spray a large baking dish with nonstick spray. Cover bottom with sauce.
Add noodles and spread with white cheese mixture.
Add a good layer of mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with parm.
More red sauce.
Repeat until ya run outta layer ingredients.
Over the final noodle layer you will have a lot of sauce. This is good! The sauce soaks into the noodles and the dang thing can dry out if there’s not enough sauce. Top finally with the rest of the shredded cheese and sprinkle with parm. Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 30 mins. Uncover and bake 15 more.


Published by cmmeredith

Wife mommy daughter sister friend music-lover foodie

2 thoughts on “My FIL’s favorite lasagna

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss! Your recipe is exactly like mine! I do mix ricotta and cottage cheese. I hope you have great memories every time to make this dish. Hugs to you!

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