Never really make it the same way twice, but here is the basics.
2 lbs meat (ground beef and Italian sausage or just ground beef)
1/2 pound pepperoni
2 boxes of noodles
2 2 lb bags of mozzarella and cheddar cheese
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
2 4 lbs jars Prego Sauce ( I get it from BJ’s)
I also toss in some oregano, parsley and basil.
Even some hot sauce.
Brown the ground beef/sausage and then dump everything in to a big pot. I let it cook on med low for about 30 to 40 minutes.
In 2 9×13 pans. Ladle some sauce on to the bottom, then a layer of noodles. Add more sauce, a layer of cheese and then pepperoni (15 or so slices). Then repeat noodles, sauce, cheese and pepperoni. I push down on the noodles before adding the sauce. I get 3 to 4 layers. Save some of the cheese for the top after is cooks. On the last layer just do sauce and if you want pepperoni. After making the 2 pans pour in the rest of the sauce. Extra sauce is good.
If you can make it the day before you don’t have to cook the noodles. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night. Don’t cover with tinfoil because the acid in the sauce will eat the tinfoil. The next day remove plastic wrap and cover with tin foil and cook for 2 hours at 350. Uncover for the 15 to 20 minutes. Turn off the oven and spread the rest of the cheese and let is set in the over till the cheese is nice and melted.