The home cook has found a wonderful partnership with the internet. Recipes can be found from cooking channel websites, to YouTube, to blogs and partnerships with grocery sponsors. You can easily search the internet just by adding a list of what ingredients you have on hand and see what amazing results will follow. Have you wondered with all these websites what the most popular internet recipe there is? According to both Google and Bing search engines the number one recipe download is “World’s Best Lasagna” by a 43 year old Texan John Chandler. According to AllRecipes.com has been viewed over 5 million times in the last 12 years. This recipe has been “pinned” to Pinterest more than 25,000 times. Now the recipe is not an easy one, No, No. It is a long list of ingredients and takes a good bit of time to prepare. So if you’re looking for a shortcut this isn’t the recipe for you. If you are looking for a shortcut in the following days, a quicker easier recipe will appear.
John Chandler’s recipe takes 21 / 2 hours to cook, excluding prep time, and has 20 ingredients. His recipe has been tweaked by many but it is still the most popular. What is odd about the lasagna recipe is how large the ingredient list is and the time involved. Most downloaded recipes are for the harried cook looking to get it on the table for a hungry gang home from whatever their day brought them. Other top recipes are usually for slow cookers, 5 or 7 ingredient meals. So this is really different. As a cook, are you up for the challenge? Do you think you will agree, is this the world’s best lasagna recipe or do you have your own that you would put up against it. Give it a shot and make your own decision.
Here it is the most popular recipe on the internet (Allrecipe.com), the World’s Best Lasagna recipe
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
12 lasagna noodles
16 ounces ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.