Easy Homemade Lasagna

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

This Lasagna recipe is super easy to make with layers of cheese, noodles, beef, and sauce. It is a classic homemade lasagna that is better than any restaurant version for a fraction of the cost.

It’s absolute perfection and possibly the best lasagna you can get! Once you try it, you won’t need another recipe ever again. You can enjoy it as is, or mix it up with some veggies on the side, such as roasted asparagus, roasted Brussel sprouts, and broccoli salad.

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Easy Homemade Lasagna

Lasagna is the perfect meal because it is budget friendly, easy to make, feeds a large crowd, and reheats and freezes really well. You can make it in the weekend and refrigerate it to enjoy throughout the week. This is our favorite lasagna recipe, and we have adjusted it through the years to make it perfect.

It is layered with ground beef, rich and creamy tomato sauce, and finished off with mozzarella cheese. Also, it has a delicious layer of ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella cheese mix.

This recipe is the quintessential classic Italian dish that’s cheesy, hearty, saucy, and comforting that everyone loves. Also, it is one of the best ways to feed a crown and a perfect dish to bring to a potluck. It freezes well, and leftovers will keep you happy for days.

DO I HAVE TO COOK LASAGNA NOODLES?

There are a couple of ways to use the noodles, and they are all good based on personal preference. You can not boil them, boil them or simply soak the noodles in hot water.

If you like your noodles to be super soft, then boil them in advance. It tasted very traditional and will have a softer texture when you bite into them. However, if you like them more al dente, then soak the noodles in hot water for about 30 minutes. It is best to soak them as you start preparing the ingredients, so it soaks while the other preparations are going on. The hot water softens the noodles slightly and they finish cooking while the lasagna is cooking.

Similarly, some people use regular lasagna noodles without boiling them first. This will work as long as they get extra moisture during cooking just like the no-boil noodles. Just make sure to use enough sauce so they can absorb it and cook properly.

What is “Al Dente”?

In cooking, al dente describes pasta as being cooked firm to the bite. Usually, the package instructions will provide the cook time for the pasta to reach the “al-dente” state.

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WHAT KIND OF CHEESE SHOULD I USE FOR LASAGNA?

There are three sources of cheese in this recipe. First, ricotta cheese is used for the filling. For best results, we recommend using whole milk ricotta cheese in this recipe. Then, mozzarella cheese and parmesan is added. It is the perfect combination which makes this dish super flavorful and delicious!

how to make lasagna meat sauce?

The sauce is the central piece of any good lasagna. Therefore, you want to use good quality products for the best results and a rich texture.

  • Start with good quality ground beef. Usually, 80/20 lean ratio works best.
  • Use crushed tomatoes as a base with a mixture of tomato sauce and some minced garlic and herbs.
  • Using tomato paste results in a thick and rich sauce. Don’t skip this ingredient!

How to make lasagna in the Instant Pot?

Alternatively, you can make this dish easily and conveniently in the Instant Pot. Also, doing so, you don’t need to boil the noodles. Layer everything and let the Instant Pot work its magic. Check out the Instant Pot version of it by clicking this link.

HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT Lasagna LEFTOVERS?

This is the perfect dish to have leftovers because they will keep in the fridge for at least 5 days. Simply, transfer it to an airtight container and store in the fridge. Reheat individual slices in the microwave, or warm the whole casserole (covered with foil) in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes, or until bubbly again.

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HOW TO FREEZE LASAGNA?

You can also freeze the lasagna either baked or unbaked.

  • To freeze an unbaked lasagna: Line the pan with foil before assembling, then assemble the dish. Let it cool completely, and then freeze until solid. Once frozen, lift the frozen lasagna block from the casserole dish, wrap it in more foil, then freeze for up to a month.
  • To freeze baked lasagna: Once it has been cooked, let it cool completely prior to freezing. Then, transfer to an aluminum dish and tightly wrap with foil and. To freeze individual slices, transfer to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
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Homemade Lasagna Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Total time: 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 12-16  lasagna sheets  (cooked per package directions)
  • 2 cups  marinara sauce 

Beef Mixture:

  • 1 lb  ground beef 
  • 1/2 lb  ground sausage  (mild)
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil 
  • 1  medium onion  (diced)
  • 4 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 28oz can  crushed tomatoes 
  • 1 cup  tomato sauce 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper  (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon  Italian seasoning dried herbs 
  • 2 cups  spinach  (fresh)

Cheese Mixture:

  • 2 cups  ricotta cheese 
  • 1 cup  Parmesan  (grated)
  • 12 oz  mozzarella cheese  (about 3 cups, shredded and divided)
  • 1  large egg  (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon  Italian seasoning 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  black pepper  (or to taste)

Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups  Mozzarella cheese  (shredded)
  • 1 cup  marinara sauce 

Instructions

Cooking the Beef Mixture:

  1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil.
  2. Once the oil is simmering, add the onion and garlic, using a wooden spoon, stir and cook for one minute. Add the beef and the ground sausage.
  3. Let the beef brown a bit and start breaking it with a wooden spoon. Cook until no longer pink. Drain any accumulated grease.
  4. Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Stir and let simmer on low for about 30 minutes.
  5. Add the spinach, stir and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare Cheese Mixture:

  1. In a large bowl combine: ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, beaten egg, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Stir until fully combined.

Assemble Lasagna:

  1. Lightly grease a 9×13 casserole dish with olive oil.
  2. Spread about 1/2 cup of the meat mixture on the bottom and add one layer of cooked lasagna noodles to cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Spread 1/2 of the cheese mixture, then top with 1/2 of the meat mixture. Spread about 1 cup of marinara sauce and sprinkle about 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese (from the remaining cup of mozzarella cheese).
  4. Add another layer of lasagna noodles, top with the all remaining cheese mixture, followed by the beef mixture, a cup of marinara sauce and remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  5. Add the final layer of lasagna noodles, top with 1 cup of marinara sauce and 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 40 minutes.

  2. If needed, broil at the end to make the cheese golden-brown.
  3. Serve:
  4. Remove from oven and let the lasagna rest for 15-30 minutes before slicing.
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Calories: 497 Carbohydrates: 34 Protein: 36 Fat: 23 Saturated Fat: 9 Cholesterol: 88 Sodium: 1352 Potassium: 824 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 8 Vitamin A: 1455 Vitamin C: 14.3 Calcium: 654 Iron: 3.7
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candy

Making lasagna is so easy and will feed a bunch of people.  Your recipe sounds good so will have to give it a try.

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Alli Smith

Lasagna is a classic dish and your version looks amazing. I haven't made it in a while and I'm going to try your recipe the next time I'm craving lasagna.

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cait

this is SUCH a great dish to make esp when its super cold out like it is right now- your recipe looks easy and delicious so i may need to try your version! YUM!

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Melissa Chapman

This is a great way to make lasagna. I generally make mine meatless but I have to try cooking the noodles in the oven as a new twist without boiling them first.

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Karen

This is cool! I just made lasagna the other night, and, while it did taste good, I felt that maybe I'd look for a homemade recipe. I love your recipe! Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to making it.

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN

This is ideal as a comfort food. I do love lasagne as it combines some great flavours. I love the fact that it can also be frozen.

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Amber Myers

It's been ages since I've made a homemade lasagna. I'll have to try this out for dinner one night. My family is a big fan of Italian food. Yum!

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Sarah Bailey

There is nothing like a good lasagna is there, this recipe sounds great. I could 100% do with making one soon and I'm going to try yours out!

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Denay DeGuzman

Lasagna is the ultimate family meal. It's also perfect for potlucks, and the traditional dish to drop off at neighbors' homes when they need a helping hand.

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Heather

Lasagna is one of the dishes that makes an appearance regularly in our home. There are a few ways that I make it, but the easy version is always my favorite.

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Pam

I love homemade lasagna! This easy homemade lasagna looks absolutely delicious.

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Ruth I

This is one of my fave! I like that it's easy to make it I am sure it is so tasty!

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Lynndee

Yum! We love lasagna over here. That being said, I am actually making a lasagna on Friday. Can't wait to indulge. :)

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Beth

This looks delicious and easy to make. We sometimes buy a premade one so we can stick in the freezer for a night we don't feel like cooking. I have never tried making one and freezing it for later, but that seems like the smarter move.

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Swathi

This looks delicious I can eat this for weeknight dinner. I love to make for family they love lasagna.

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Jenn Mitchell

Lasagna is one of my favorite meals! This looks like it would be so very good.

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Jona Shares

I love lasagna but I must confess, I have never actually tried making one on my own since I am not that fond of cooking nor baking. But this time, since I got married, I am trying.

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