Ingredients1 pound sweet Italian sausage (optional)¾ pound lean ground beef½ cup minced onion2 cloves garlic, crushed1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce½ cup water1 ½ teaspoons dried basil leaves ½ teaspoon nutmeg1 teaspoon Italian seasoning1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided, or to taste¼ teaspoon ground black pepper4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley12 lasagna noodles (dry or fresh)16 ounces ricotta cheese¾ pound mozzarella cheese, sliced ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheeseDirections Step 1In a large frying pan 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 basil, nutmeg, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1/2 hours (up to 2hrs), stirring occasionally.Step 2 Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook dry lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.Step 3Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).Step 4To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-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.Step 5Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 15 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.