Shopping List

1 bunch basil
1 large sweet onion
1 head garlic

1 pound sweet Italian sausage links

1 1/2 lb mozzarella
2  lb ricotta cheese
Wedge parmigiano reggiano cheese

1  lb uncooked lasagna noodles
2  28 oz cans peeled plum tomatoes
2  8 oz cans tomato sauce
Extra virgin olive oil


  • STOP!  I am always going to remind you to check your pantry against your shopping list before you leave for the grocery store so you don't buy something you already have.
  • Organize your shopping list.  Add up the total amount of a single ingredient you will need for all dishes. List items to correspond with the layout of your supermarket.
  • You should find a good butcher and buy authentic Italian sausage with fennel.  Don't try to substitute mass produced Italian sausage.  I guarantee you will be disappointed if you use anything but the best.
  • The same goes for the cheese.  If you can find fresh mozzarella and ricotta it really makes a difference.
  • Do not use oven ready noodles
  • I like to use a couple of different brands of canned tomatoes.  I like Rienzi and Tuttorosa -- you don't have to worry about buying San Marzano which are very costly.  Never cut corners and buy crushed tomatoes or tomato purée.  The whole peeled plum tomatoes make the tastiest sauce.

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