Craving Italian? Whip up my easy lasagna for dinner tonight. Loaded with ground beef, pasta sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, and of course pasta! A simple staple recipe we keep in constant rotation!
Best of all, you can make a double batch and freeze one lasagna uncooked for a freezer meal. Pair with some garlic bread and salad, and you have a family-friendly dinner.
There is something about lasagna that is comfort! Plus with my recipe, you don’t fuss over cooking for hours like a traditional lasagna. A lasagna with ricotta for a cheesy and meaty dinner.
Why Is This Lasagna Easy
- I used a store-bought sauce. If you prefer to use homemade. The jarred sauce makes it super simple on prep.
- Oven ready noodles allow you to skip boiling the noodles before assembling. Just toss in dry noodles and they bake perfectly.
Can I Make This Lasagna Meatless
You are more than welcome to make a meatless lasagna. Just skip the meat or consider sautéing mushrooms in replace or spinach.
How to Make This Easy Lasagna Recipe
Meat Mixture | Start by cooking your meat in a pan. Cook until crumbled and fully cooked. You can use ground beef, Italian sausage, or a mix of both!
Cheese Mixture | Add your cheese mixture in a bowl and mix until it is fully combined!
Assemble Lasagna | Grab your casserole pan and begin assembling your lasagna. The biggest key is to start with sauce in the pan. Otherwise, your pasta will stick to bottom of the casserole dish.
Full directions and measurements are in the printable recipe card below.
Storage and Freezer Directions
You can store your leftover lasagna in the fridge for around 3 days. Reheat in the microwave for a quick heat.
Or you can reheat the lasagna in the oven. Simply cover it and bake till warmed through.
Also, you can freeze your lasagna cooked or uncooked. I love making a double batch and freezing a pan for a meal down the line.
Assemble the lasagna then instead of baking toss right in the freezer sealed up properly.
Then you can toss in the oven covered with aluminum foil for 45 minutes. Remove foil and finish cooking until the lasagna is cooked through.
What to Serve With Lasagna
- Caesar salad or Italian salad
- Garlic bread or breadsticks
- Side of vegetables
Can I Use Cottage Cheese for Lasagna
If you are not a fan of ricotta you are more than welcome to use cottage cheese. No need of mix in eggs with cottage cheese.
Ricotta is the classic cheesy filling it can easily be swapped.
How Many Layers Is Lasagna
There is no specific number of pasta layers to do. Generally, lasagna is 3-5 layers. You need enough layers for dimension and flavoring but feel free to adjust to your preference.
Why Do You Need to Allow Lasagna To Sit Before Cutting
Once your pasta dish is done remove it from the oven and allows it to sit for 10-15 minutes. You do this to allow it to cool down a bit.
Then when you slice into the layered pasta, it holds the shape better. Otherwise, you might find it falls apart on the plate.
More Recipe Ideas
- 12 oz Barilla Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles
- 2 – 24 oz Jars of Pasta Sauce
- 1 lb Ground Beef or Italian Sausage
- 16 oz Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 1 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
- 2 Eggs slightly beaten
- 1 Cup Water
- In a bowl combine the Eggs, Ricotta Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, 8 oz of Mozzarella and mix well.
- In a separate bowl combine the Sauce and 1 Cup of Water and mix well.
- In a 9×13 Pan Layer Sauce, Noodles, Cheese Mixture, Meat, Sauce, Noodles, etc. It’s important to start with sauce!
- Top with the remaining sauce and the remaining 1/2 bag of Mozzarella Cheese.
- Bake at 375 for 50 Minutes to 1 Hour.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 669Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 1671mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 12gProtein: 47g
Let me know how you enjoy this easy lasagna recipe.