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Melissa Jo’s Family Lasagna

This is how I was taught to make lasagna from my Grandma Jo. Usually for holidays we start with an Italian first course. And on Christmas it’s lasagna! Then we transition into a more traditional meal with prime rib, potatoes, and vegetables! But, guess what? This is our favorite and there’s never even a slice left. All the other courses are great, but no comparison! I hope you love my recipe! Here’s my family lasagna recipe!

Melissa Jo's Family Lasagna Recipe



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Melissa Jo's Family Lasagna Recipe

Melissa Jo’s Family Lasagna Recipe

Melissa Jo


  • 3 lbs. of ricotta
  • 1/2 cup of meat sauce
  • a large bunch of Italian Fresh chopped reserve some for the garnish at the top
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • about 6 tbsp. of freshly grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • 1-2 tbsp. of cracked black pepper & add about 1 tsp. of salt
  • 3-4 tbsp. of milk
  • 3-4 cups of freshly grated mozzarella
  • about 2 lbs. of lasagna maybe a little less, but make both boxes in case some break
  • 1 cup of freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • about 2 qts. of meat sauce
  • Ricotta mixture see above
  • freshly chopped Italian parsley and cracked black pepper


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and heavily salt the water. Then, add the lasagna and boil about 1 minute before aldente according to the back of the box or package.
  • Mix together all of the ingredients for the ricotta mixture listed above. Mix it all together until it’s a light pink color.
  • Shred the fresh mozzarella
  • Now we layer in a large Lasagna Baking Dish
  • Layer 1: meat sauce: cover the bottom of the pan with a think layer
  • Layer 2: Lasagna
  • Layer 3: Ricotta Mixture
  • Layer 4: fresh mozzarella
  • Layer 5: Meat sauce again! and repeat and repeat and layer it up!
  • Last Layer: Sauce, mozzarella, pecorino romano, fresh parsley, and black pepper
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit covered with foil for about 45 minutes on the middle rack of the oven.
  • Remove the cover and bake at same temperature or until it’s browned and bubbly.
  • Let the lasagna rest at least 30 minutes before cutting and serving! ENJOY!


  • I make lasagna with meat sauce. here’s a video tutorial:
  • Add about 1/2 cup of the meat sauce to the ricotta mixture. Keep adding until the mixture becomes pink.
  • Boil the lasagna 1 minute before it reaches aldente according to the back of the package of lasagna you are using.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Let the lasagna rest at least 30 minutes before serving so it sets up!
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