Absolute Best Ever Lasagna


1 1⁄2 lbs lean ground beef
1⁄2 lb Italian sausage
1 large onion, chopped
2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1⁄2-2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper (or to taste)
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped (or canned chopped tomatoes)
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
24 ounces cottage cheese or 24 ounces ricotta cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons parsley
1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 lb mozzarella cheese, divided
12 -15 lasagna noodles

Brown ground beef, Italian sausage, onion and garlic.
Add salt, pepper, parsley, oregano, basil, chopped tomatoes with juice, and tomato paste; stirring until well mixed.
Cover and simmer 1 hour (or longer,but watch for getting too dry).
Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
Spray a 13 x 9″ baking pan with cooking spray.
Combine cottage cheese, eggs, pepper, 2 tablespoons parsley, Parmesan cheese and 1/2 1lb of mozzarella cheese; In a lasagna pan, layer noodles, meat sauce, and cheese mixture; repeat.
Top off with layer of noodles; sprinkle evenly with remaining mozzarella cheese; make sure to cover noodles completely.
Bake at 375F for 40-60 minutes, or until cheese mixture is thoroughly melted. (I cover w/ foil for about 40 minutes, then uncover for 15-20 minutes.
Let sit for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving.

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