This recipe is the one I grew up with. My mom made it for me every year on my birthday, and occasionally when requested in the Fall and Winter time. It's so delicious and very simple to make!
1 lb ground beef or turkey (optional) - browned/cooked in a pan on stovetop.
1 lb lasagne noodles (cooked and drained according to instructions on box)
2 lbs spaghetti sauce (I prefer Ragu)
1 lb ricotta cheese
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 lb mozzarella cheese - sliced
Beat together ricotta cheese, egg and 2 TLB of grated cheese in small bowl. Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 glass baking dish. Arrange a layer of noodles, spread some ricotta mixture on noodles. Add a third of the ground meat if desired. Top with a layer of mozzarella, then sauce, then sprinkle on grated parmesan cheese. Repeat layers (as many as you want) ending with sauce and grated cheese (and Italian herbs of choice) on top. If you use 3/4 a pound or more of noodles, bake for 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees until hot. If you use 1/2 a pound of noodles, bake for about 30 minutes.