Mama Joy's Lasagna

Mama Joy's Lasagna

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 239.6
  • Total Fat: 13.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 39.9 mg
  • Sodium: 524.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 17.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 16.7 g

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My mom taught me how to make this, and I altered the recipe to my family's liking! My mom taught me how to make this, and I altered the recipe to my family's liking!
Number of Servings: 12


    Hunts Spaghetti Sauce (2 cans)
    Italian Sausage (ground - 1 lb)
    Lasagna Noodles (12 noodles)
    Fat-Free Ricotta Cheese (15 oz)
    Mozzarella Cheese (16 oz)
    Garlic (1 clove, chopped)
    Onion Powder (1 tsp)
    Basil Leaves (1 Tbsp, ground)
    Oregano (ground, 1 tsp)


Slow-Cooker Sauce:
Pour two cans of Hunts spaghetti sauce into crockpot/slow cooker
Add Garlic, Onion Powder, Basil, and Oregano
Put slow-cooker on low and let sauce cook for about 4 hours
In last hour add browned italian sausage to sauce

Regular Sauce:
Mix sauce and spices in pot on stove on medium-high heat for about 15 minutes
Brown italian sausage, then add to sauce

Bring large pot of water to rolling boil, then add lasagna noodles one at a time
Let noodles boil for about 10-15 minutes
Strain noodles and rinse under cold water until they don't burn fingers when touched

Put a thin layer of sauce in bottom of glass lasagna pan
Layer 3 noodles, spread approx. 1/2 cup sauce over noodles, put total of 9 Tbsp Ricotta cheese on each layer, top each layer with mozzarella cheese, sparing more cheese for final layer
Cover with aluminum foil, and bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes
Uncover lasagna and continue baking for another 10 minutes
Remove lasagna from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving
Best with a green vegetable and garlic bread!

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user JOYBEE81.


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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was so good. My two year old daughter even loved it! Both my husband and I went back for seconds. We even had it for lunch the next day. I probably would use more ricotta next time. - 4/16/10

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  • My family loved this recipe! Will definitely make again! - 10/16/13

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  • Great recipe. I used to load my lasagna with lots of pasta but this is so much better. My son loved it. I will be making this version from now on. - 5/26/13

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  • This recipe was awesome! I added some spinach to the sauce and used no boil lasagna noodles so it was even faster. I will definitely make this again! - 7/14/12

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  • Incredible! I felt so proud to have made a lasagna that was not in a box and tasted amazing! Family loved it as well choosing to eat leftovers for dinner the next night. I used the honey idea mainly because I did not have the corn syrup. - 4/26/12

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  • Love it - 3/3/12

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  • My first time making lasagna, even my picky husband luved it. Added ground turkey and ketchup to it. Will make it again next week, there were hardly any leftovers:(!!!! Thank you for sharing, hopefully you have more to share:) - 2/23/12

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  • used gluten free pasta and the rest according to your recipe - very good!! - 12/15/11

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  • This was my first lasagna ever and it was SO easy and delicious!! I let the sauce simmer in the crock pot as instructed (used 2 cloves garlic instead) and it was just incredible. I would use a little more ricotta. Tried the 9 tbsp idea and ended up short on the last layer. Otherwise fantastic!! - 7/9/11

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  • Made for celebration dinner at work. Cut down on the ricotta and used low mozzarella. Otherwise followed recipe for one pan. Added diced bell pepper and 1/4 onion to the top layer of the second one. Both were well received and I am planning to make it again for the next family gathering. - 3/4/11

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  • I made this without the meat, with whole grain noodles, and not all the sauce. Used it as a side dish with baked chicken. - 2/26/11

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  • VERY Good-- used the no boil noodles and cooked longer. EASY and yummy - 12/3/10

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  • Very Yummy!! :) Easy to make! - 10/15/10

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  • Great recipe!! Made this last night and substituted ground turkey for italian sausage. I also used 15 oz cans of sauce and it turned out amazing! I will definitely be making again, very easy too! - 7/28/10

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  • This is soooooo good. My husband and I both love it. I have made it for my parents, and another day for my cousin and his wife. Everyone loves it. Even my 2 and a half year old! - 7/24/10

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  • TOO good! I ate two whole servings! (+two servings of texas toast, haha!)
    for anyone wondering what size cans to use, use two 26oz cans of the sauce - 6/24/10

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  • By far the best lasagna ever! I actually forgot the mozzarella cheese on each layer and just put 2 cups worth of 2% low fat cheese on top, and it was *delicious* the family loved it! - 6/5/10

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  • I was going to make lasagna tomorrow evening for dinner. I will use this recipe with the exception of the ricotta cheese. This sounds good with a nice green salad!! - 5/3/10

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  • We just finished eating this lasagna and man was it good! I told my husband it was healthy too and he said it tasted as good as any regular lasagna he has had. He is the cook of the house so coming from him, that is saying a lot! I added a little more garlic but other than that, no changes! - 2/21/10

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  • THIS WAS DELICIOUS! I couldn't even tell that it was the "healthier" version. The whole family loved it! - 2/7/10

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  • this was very good! - 2/1/10

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  • Delicious! Made it for dinner last night w/2 pounds of Italian sausage and part skim ricotta which bumped up calories per piece to 314. Will definitely make this again. My family LOVED it. Also used 2 -26 oz cans of Hunts zesty spicy sauce. Highly recommend. - 1/29/10

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  • sounds great! making it tonight.... - 1/15/10

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  • Made this today in upstate NY..cold with lots of snow here! This warmed us right up! I followed the ingrediants but varied on the amounts put in each layer...had tons left over! Delicious! - 1/3/10

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  • I made it for some friends and they loved it!! I though it was great too will make again. - 11/27/09

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