There are quite a few steps in the prep of this but none too hard.
First, (usually the early morning of or day before) Make the gravy. YES, GRAVY. lol Gravy has meat in it.
1 filet ( or beef of your choosing, stew beef, any steak you wish)
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb pork cubes cut in bite size pieces
1/4 each of sweet and hot sausage of your liking
2 tbsp garlic paste or chopped garlic
2 tbsp basil paste or a heavy dose of dry Italian seasoning
2 tbsp oregano paste (unless u are using Dry seasoning)
salt and pepper to taste
1 medium red onion
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce ( I prefer tuttorosso :))
(I also add in meatballs that I had in the freezer)
In a large pot, add olive oil and brown pork cubes and filet( or beef cubes)
Move cubes to crock pot and brown ground beef
Move ground beef to crock and brown sausages
Move sausage to crock and put in meatballs if you are adding them
Add onions, garlic, basil and oregano pastes and salt and pepper to pot
saute until tender crisp
add onions mix into crock
add all tomatoes and stir
Allow to cook in crock for 4-6 hours, adjust flavor as time goes on. TASTE and add any seasoning you think needs to be added.
1 lb ricotta cheese
1/2 cup chopped spinach
1/2 cup broccoli florets
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 thin julienned red onion
2 tbsp garlic, basil and oregano paste or good dose of dry seasoning
(any other Veg you wish to add)
salt and pepper
1 bag shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup fresh grated Locatelli parm
but two turns of olive oil in the saute pan
add onions, garlic, basil, oregano, salt pepper,and saute for about a minute then:
saute all veg until tender crisp
remove veg and put into a large bowl to cool.
When cooled, add ricotta and eggs
I would also add dry garlic and Italian seasonings at this point too--that's just my preference, decide for you.
Begin building lasagna
Put a layer of gravy on the bottom minus any meat
put in layer of oven ready noodles (WHAT A GOD SEND)
put a layer of cheese and veg mix
put meat and gravy on top or mix but go easy on the sauce part so its not too watery.
Put a layer of Mozzarella cheese
Put a layer of Parm cheese
continue building layers BUT make sure to end the top layer with parm cheese THEN Mozzarella
Bake in oven for one hour on 375. I like crispy edges so i dont cover mine in foil but if you DONT like crispy edges, cover the pan in foil
Remove from oven and let sit a good five mins before cutting