Easy Lasagna Recipe (No Boil Noodles)

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Learn our easy lasagna recipe with no boil noodles! This classic recipe uses two meats and three cheeses for amazing flavor. Your favorite store-bought spaghetti sauce keeps it simple.

About two years ago we shared our family’s best lasagna recipe. It is 100% homemade (ok not the pasta, but the rest is homemade). It takes a little work, but it is so good and so worth it.

What happens if you’re short on time and still craving that classic homemade lasagna flavor? Lasagna shortcuts like ravioli lasagna bakelasagna roll ups or skillet lasagna are always options, but this easy oven ready lasagna recipe is an easy solution. By using your favorite spaghetti sauce our no boil noodle trick, you can make this quickly!

a spatula pulling out a piece of lasagna

What readers are saying about this easy lasagna recipe:

Jeff says, “I’m a guy that just does not like to cook! I love to eat but just don’t have an enough of an imagination to make something good. But after making this simple lasagna recipe, everybody loved it. The taste was awesome but also just to look at it after it was done in the oven looked amazing! Believe me I never talk about something I’ve made like this but it truly was perfect.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Pat says, “I made this homemade lasagna recipe today and it was a terrific hit! My mother-in-law said it was the best lasagna she has ever tasted! Thank you so much for this delicious recipe.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Lasagna with Ricotta or Cottage Cheese?

When I was growing up, I always had lasagna with cottage cheese. I didn’t love the texture of ricotta so my mom always put cottage cheese in lasagna instead.

These days I’m more tolerant of ricotta in lasagna. You can use either cottage cheese OR ricotta in this recipe. Use the same amount for either cheese you choose. You can even mix cottage cheese and ricotta cheese together. Both are delicious, but ricotta is more authentic.

Ingredients for Lasagna

This lasagna has simple ingredients, most of which are pantry staples. 

ingredients for easy lasagna on a table

A few notes:

  • Ground beef and Italian sausage. A combination of these two meats give the best flavor. You can season ground pork with our homemade Italian sausage seasoning if you prefer. 
  • Spaghetti sauce. This is excellent with a store-bought sauce such as Rao’s marinara or try our homemade spaghetti sauce
  • Lasagna noodles. We don’t specifically use oven-ready lasagna noodles. Just use regular lasagna noodles and they should cook just fine if you follow our instructions.

✨ See the recipe card for the full ingredient list. ✨

How to Make this Easy Lasagna

To prepare, preheat the oven to 350ºF and spray a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray.

  • In a large skillet over medium heat brown the ground beef and sausage together. Drain off and discard any fat. Add the minced garlic and spaghetti sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes.
browned meat with garlic and spaghetti sauce over the top
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the cheese mixture: ricotta, 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, eggs, ½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese, dried parsley, salt and ground black pepper. Mix well.
cheese mixture for lasagna in a bowl
  1. To assemble, spread ¾ cup of sauce on the bottom of the baking pan. Cover the bottom with 3 uncooked lasagna noodles. Top with ⅓ of the cheese mixture and ¼ of the sauce. Repeat layers (noodles, cheese, sauce, noodles, cheese, sauce).
  2. For the top layer, add 3 noodles, remaining sauce, remaining 1 cup of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
collage of how to layer lasagna
  1. Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Cover with the pan with aluminum foil (sprayed side down). This prevents the cheese from sticking. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. 
  2. Let the lasagna stand for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Pro tip

If your sauce is a thick, hearty sauce, add ½ cup water to the edges of the pan. If your sauce is runnier like Old World Style Ragu or even Rao’s marinara, you won’t need as much water.

overhead view of a spatula pulling out a piece of lasagna
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Make it a meal.

Try this easy lasagna recipe with our homemade garlic bread and an Italian salad.

Italian green beans and roasted potatoes are always great options, too!

How to Reheat Lasagna

If you are wanting to heat leftover lasagna that is in a pan, cover it with foil and bake it in an oven that you’ve preheated to 350º Fahrenheit. Bake it until the internal temperature reaches 165º F. This will take at least 30 minutes, but depending on how much is left, could take up to 50 minutes.

You can also reheat individual slices on a plate in the microwave.

a piece of lasagna on a plate with a fork

Can you freeze lasagna?

Yes! You can freeze this easy lasagna both before and/or after you cook it. Here are a few tips:

  • Use a disposable aluminum pan to make your lasagna in. Then you can easily wrap the unbaked lasagna and freeze it.
  • If you are baking the lasagna before freezing it, allow the lasagna to cool completely before wrapping it.
  • Wrap the lasagna twice in plastic wrap and once in foil.
  • Remove the frozen lasagna from the freezer the day before you want to bake it. This will help it bake more quickly in the oven.
  • Freeze for 2-3 months.

How to Cook Frozen Lasagna

Lasagna will cook the most evenly and have the best results if you remove the lasagna from the freezer the day before you want to cook it. This will help it to mostly defrost and bake more easily.

  • Remove the wrappings, then cover with just one layer of foil.
  • Bake in a 350º F oven covered for about 50 minutes, then uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  • **If the lasagna was previously baked, you won’t need to bake it as long. Start at 30 minutes covered, then uncover and bake until heated through and bubbly on the edges.
easy lasagna recipe with one piece on a spatula
easy lasagna recipe with one piece on a spatula

Easy Lasagna Recipe (No Boil Noodles)

4.70 from 2049 votes
Learn our easy lasagna recipe with no boil noodles! This classic recipe uses two meats and three cheeses for amazing flavor. Your favorite store-bought spaghetti sauce keeps it simple.
Servings 15
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 10 minutes

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Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 48 ounces spaghetti sauce (your favorite sauce)
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese (or cottage cheese)
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley or 4 tablespoons freshly snipped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • ¼ cup water**

Instructions
 

  • To prepare, preheat the oven to 350ºF and spray a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat brown the ground beef and sausage together. Drain off and discard any fat. Add the minced garlic and spaghetti sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes. 1 pound ground beef, ½ pound sweet Italian sausage, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 48 ounces spaghetti sauce
  • In a large bowl, mix together the ricotta, 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, eggs, ½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese, dried parsley, salt and ground black pepper. Mix well. 15 ounces ricotta cheese, 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, 2 large eggs, ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 teaspoons dried parsley, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • To assemble, spread ¾ cup of sauce on the bottom of the baking pan. Cover the bottom with 3 uncooked lasagna noodles. Top with ⅓ of the cheese mixture and ¼ of the sauce. 12 lasagna noodles
  • Repeat layers (noodles, cheese, sauce, noodles, cheese, sauce).
  • Top with 3 noodles, remaining sauce, remaining 1 cup of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. If your sauce is a thick, hearty sauce, add ½ cup water to the edges of the pan. If your sauce is runnier like Old World Style Ragu or even Rao’s marinara, you won’t need as much water. ¼ cup water**
  • Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Cover with the baking dish with aluminum foil (sprayed side down). This prevents the cheese from sticking. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  • Let the lasagna stand for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Video

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Notes

  • The liquids from the spaghetti sauce should be enough that the noodles will cook beautifully in the oven as the lasagna bakes.
  • You don’t need oven-ready lasagna noodles. Regular lasagna noodles should cook just fine.
  • If you prefer, you can boil lasagna noodles as the box instructions suggest and then make the lasagna as described. Don’t add any extra water if you choose this method.
  • Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
  • The calories shown are based on the lasagna being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 piece of lasagna. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. **

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 862mg | Potassium: 522mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 244mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Calories 358
Keyword best lasagna, easy lasagna recipe, how to make lasagna, lasagna recipe, no boil noodles
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Alyssa
18 days ago

5 stars
Made this and it was absolutely delicious! Just realized I forgot to add the eggs entirely though but I can’t imagine it turning out any more perfect, so I guess I’ll skip them next time too. So simple. So good!!!

Jan
19 days ago

5 stars
I love this recipe! I have made twice. Each time I cook covered 1 hour and uncovered 30. Then I let cool/sit for 15 minutes. I also make my own sauce the day before in the crockpot!

Jazmine
1 month ago

Think it needed more ricotta and more cheese!

Cindy
1 month ago

Just prepared this tonight going to cook it tomorrow and have my daughter and her husband over tomorrow. I’m also glad you put the ingredients at the bottom. I did add some fresh basil. Thanks.

Kristyn Boumal
2 months ago

5 stars
AMAZING recipe. Super easy to follow (this was my first ever attempt at lasagna). The taste of this is going to all depend on the ingredients you use it’s more of a how-to guide for building a lasagna. Would highly recommend this to anyone who is intimidated by the thought of lasagna

wendy
2 months ago

Can I just tell you..I LOVE that in the direction part at the end of the step you list the amt of ingredients..I hate scrolling back up to see how much of each thing I have to add.. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS. thank you! Making tonight I’m sure it will be amazing <3

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