Meaty Lasagna with Whole Wheat Noodles

Whole Wheat Noodles? Why the heck would anyone want to eat those things? Well, turns out they are not that bad. Dare I say that you can’t really even tell the difference. Seriously. My dad said it was the best lasagna he has ever had. EVER.

It doesn’t really even matter what kind of noodles you use. It is all about this meat sauce and cheese. My husband ate two helpings and raved about it. The next time you are craving lasagna, you should totally make this. Trust me.

Meaty Lasagna with Whole Wheat Noodles

Ingredients

1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 pound ground sirloin
3/4 pound ground Italian pork
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup red wine
1 cup beef stock
2 CUPS or more of shredded Italian cheese (I used a large bag from Publix on sale)
1 log mozzarella
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Salt and pepper your meat. Brown all your meat about half way. Then add in the onions and garlic. Continue to brown.
Add in your Italian seasoning and stir well. Add in your tomato paste and cook for a few minutes.
Add in your wine. Reduce a bit, then add in your Worcestershire sauce, sugar, and beef stock. Mix well.
Then add all your tomatoes. Mix well and simmer for at least 30 more minutes (the longer the better).
Meanwhile, Cook your noodles so they are still under done, about 4 minutes less than the box says.
Cool your noodles just a tad so you don’t burn your fingers.
Spray a large casserole dish. Add a layer of sauce to the bottom. Then start layering your ingredients…pasta, sauce, shredded cheese, about 3 layers. On top, I added the mozzarella slices.
Serve with some crusty bread!

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Just enough for leftovers!

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