Easy Lasagna Recipe

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Need a doable dish that will impress? This Classic Lasagna is your answer.

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Lasagna, in various forms, has been around for centuries. The ancient Romans enjoyed their version of it, Medieval cooks churned it out for royal banquets, and in more recent times, American cooks have made it one of the most popular homemade meals in this day and age. The version most of us know and love is closest to the lasagna made in southern Italy near Naples.

For such a storied and popular dish, you would think there is a lot of fuss and fanfare to getting it just right. But classic lasagna is really just about layers of food that are good on their own and how those parts bake up into a satisfying, cheesy whole that is impressive and filling. Not rocket science!

Even if you don’t consider yourself a seasoned cook, this Easy Lasagna recipe is one that you can pull off. Three different layers, but the final result is a pan full of delicious pasta, meat, and cheese. The final presentation is almost foolproof, because everything bakes up in the pan and you just dish it up.

The taste is classic Italian: the soft pasta, the creamy cheese layer which is offset by the zesty, meaty tomato sauce.

Ingredients

For the Meat Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 24 oz marinara sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian herbs
  • Salt and pepper

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 8 oz Ricotta
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 ½ cup Cheddar shredded
  • Salt and pepper

For assembling the Lasagna:

  • 9 no-boil lasagna sheets
  • 1 ½ cups Mozzarella shredded
  • Small bunch of fresh basil
Easy Lasagna Recipe ingredients

How To Make an Easy Lasagna

Step 1: Heat olive oil in a large skillet, then add onion, garlic and ground beef. Cook till beef is browned.

Easy Lasagna Recipe steps

Step 2: Add marinara sauce, Italian herbs, and seasoning to the meat. Stir, cover and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Easy Lasagna Recipe steps

Step 3: Preheat oven to 350F. Combine ricotta, egg, milk, cheddar, and seasoning in a bowl.

Easy Lasagna Recipe steps

Step 4: Assemble lasagna in a 9×13 dish starting with meat sauce, lasagna sheets, and ricotta mix.

Easy Lasagna Recipe steps

Step 5: Top with mozzarella cheese, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for additional 15 minutes. Garnish with basil and serve.

Easy Lasagna Recipe steps

FAQs

What other meats can you use in the meat sauce?

If you don’t eat beef, you can substitute (in equal measure) either ground turkey or bulk Italian sausage – mild or spicy.

Why do you start the layering with the meat sauce?

The meat sauce is the bottom layer helps the bottom layer of the pasta to cook and keeps things saucy so the lasagna doesn’t dry out and stick to the bottom of the pan.

Do you have to cover lasagna to bake it?

Yes, for most of the cooking time. Covering with foil allows steam to build up, which helps soften the pasta and for the layers to come together. Uncovering toward the end allows the top layer of cheese to melt.

How do I get a golden lasagna top?

For a picture-perfect top, stick your finished lasagna (uncovered) under the broiler for a few minutes.

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Serving Suggestions

Break open a bottle of chianti or other red wine, a loaf of crusty bread, and it’s a meal. If you want a fresh, crisp side dish, Baked Bree’s Cucumber and Tomato salad is a perfect contrast to the warm, hearty Easy Lasagna.

How to Store the Lasagna

Easy Lasagna is perfect for meal prep or just making ahead for a big evening. Assemble, cover, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Let set on the counter while you preheat the oven and bake as directed. It can also be frozen after baking (I like to freeze in small portions for easy thawing). After enjoying at your meal, store any leftovers in an airtight container and reheat in the microwave.

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Easy Lasagna Recipe

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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 10
Calories 391 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Meat Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 pound ground Beef
  • 24 oz Marinara Sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian Herbs
  • Salt and Pepper

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 8 oz Ricotta
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1 ½ cup Cheddar shredded
  • Salt and Pepper

For assembling the lasagna:

  • 9 Lasagna sheets
  • 1 ½ cups Mozzarella shredded
  • Small bunch of Fresh Basil

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet or pot drizzle in the olive oil and heat the pan to medium high. Toss in the onion, garlic, and ground beef. Brown the beef for 5 – 8 minutes until the liquid has cooked away and the meat is browned.
  • Pour the marinara sauce, Italian herbs, and a pinch of salt and pepper into the pan with the meat sauce. Stir it together then cover and bring to a boil, turn down the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you feel like you need more liquid just add in a little water.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Then in a bowl use a whisk to mix the ricotta, egg, whole milk, cheddar, and salt and pepper.
  • To assemble the lasagna, spoon a layer of meat sauce onto the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch lasagna dish. Then arrange a single layer of lasagna sheets over the meat sauce. You can break up the sheets if you need to. Then a layer of ricotta mix and repeat the process.
  • For the top just cover the top with all the mozzarella, cover it with aluminum foil, and bake in the oven for 45 minutes then uncover and bake for another 15 minutes until top is golden brown. Sprinkle with the fresh basil and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 20gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 661mgPotassium: 472mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 543IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 204mgIron: 2mg
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