Authentic Italian Lasagna

An authentic Italian lasagna recipe straight from my wife's Italian family in Sardegna. 

Real, authentic, Italian lasagna recipe straight from Italy

My Mother-in-law is from Sardegna, Italy. After graduating from college we were able to visit my wife's Italian family and the food was out of this world! I've never had so much pizza and gelato and was never so glad to it. All food is on another level there and I'm not sure why.

During dinner meals there are several courses, if I remember correctly there are near five courses. I did not know this when first eating with her family and went heavy on the pasta because it was so stinking good! It ended up only being the third course and with my wife's Grandma insisting I eat more, and more, and more. I obliged because I thought the meal was wrapping up with the pasta being the main dish. This is not the case, and I was only half way through the meal but completely filled. I pushed through though and made it happen. 

Real, authentic, Italian lasagna recipe straight from Italy

One of the dishes from my wife's Italian family that is tried and true and well known is their lasagna. It is my Mother-in-law's recipe and without question is the best lasagna I've ever had. Put it to the test and try it out yourself!


Yield: 12
Author: Keaton Epps

Authentic Italian Lasagna

prep time: 2 H & 30 Mcook time: 40 Mtotal time: 2 H & 70 M


Red Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 package spicy Italian sausage (16 oz.)
  • 1 onion
  • 4 -5 cans tomato sauce (15 oz. cans)
  • 1 can tomato paste (4 oz. can
  • 6-8 leaves fresh basil
  • 3-4 baby carrots (grated using smallest fitting on grater)
  • salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
Besciamella (White) Sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • a pinch or two of nutmeg
  • oven ready lasagna noodles (9 oz.)
  • parmesan cheese
  • mozzarella cheese


How to cook Authentic Italian Lasagna

Red Sauce
  1. Put a deep pot over medium heat
  2. Dice onion and if you have cased Italian sausages, remove from casing
  3. Add olive oil to pot and then add diced onion and ground sausage
  4. Cook until sausage is browned and then add tomato paste and mix well
  5. After letting pot mixture simmer for a few minutes add tomato sauce, carrot, and basil leaves
  6. Let simmer on low heat for AT LEAST 2 HOURS
  7. Add salt to taste, and then add sugar to balance the acidity
Besciamella (White) Sauce
  1. Put a sauce pan over medium heat 
  2. Melt the butter, add flour and stir together
  3. Add milk and the nutmeg stirring constantly until sauce as thickened nicely. DON'T ALLOW TO BOIL!
  4. Remove from heat once thickened and uniform
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a 13 x 9 glass pan thinly layer the bottom of the pan with the red sauce
  3. Then layer the (layer A) noodles and then add another layer of red sauce on top of noodles followed by a layer of parmesan and mozzarella cheese
  4.  (layer B) Add another layer of noodle, then layer the white sauce followed by a parmesan layer
  5. Repeat "layer A"
  6. Repeat "layer B"
  7. Repeat "layer A"
  8. This should leave you with 3 layer A's and two layer B's
  9. Cover pan with aluminum foil and place in oven for 30-40 minutes and cheese is melted on top
  10. Serve and enjoy!
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