Easy Lasagna Recipe

This easy no boil lasagna recipe uses two meats and three cheeses for amazing flavor. Your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce keeps it simple!

Table of Contents
  1. Lasagna with Ricotta or Cottage Cheese
  2. How to Make Lasagna
  3. Watch us Make It
  4. Easy Lasagna Recipe Recipe
  5. How to Reheat Lasagna
  6. Can you freeze lasagna?
  7. How to Cook Frozen Lasagna
  8. Other Lasagna Recipes

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.

But what happens if you’re short on time and still craving that classic homemade lasagna flavor? This easy oven ready lasagna recipe comes to our rescue often. By using your favorite spaghetti sauce you can make this quickly and easily!

Easy Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna with Ricotta or Cottage Cheese

When I was growing up, I always had lasagna with cottage cheese. I didn’t really eat any ricotta because I didn’t love the texture. We always put cottage cheese in lasagna in place of ricotta.

Now that I’m older, I can handle ricotta in lasagna. You can use either cottage cheese OR ricotta in this recipe. Use the same for either cheese you choose. Both are delicious, but ricotta is more authentic.

How to Make Lasagna

There are two steps you must start with in order to make the lasagna:

  • prepare the meat sauce
  • prepare the cheese filling

Here’s the details of each:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Do you have to cook noodles for lasagna?

In this recipe, we don’t boil lasagna noodles before we assemble the lasagna. The liquids from the spaghetti sauce should be enough that the noodles will cook beautifully in the oven as the lasagna bakes.

We don’t specifically use oven-ready lasagna sheets. Just use regular lasagna noodles and they should cook just fine.

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, you won’t need as much water

How to Layer Lasagna

Make sure you spray your baking dish with cooking spray so that the lasagna doesn’t stick. If you have a pan that is a little bigger than 9×13 or has deep sides, use that pan so that the lasagna doesn’t overflow.

  • 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 then ¼ of the sauce.
  • Repeat layers (noodles, cheese, sauce, noodles, cheese, sauce).
  • Top with 3 noodles, remaining sauce, remaining 1 cup of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Do you cover lasagna when you bake it?

Some recipes may not require that you cover the lasagna while it bakes. However, it is important with our recipe to cover it so the sauce can get hot and soften the pasta. Cover the pan with a single layer of aluminum foil and bake covered for all but 10 minutes of the baking time.

**Pro Tip: Spray one side of the foil with cooking spray, then lay that side down on top of the lasagna and press the edges to seal. The spray helps the cheese not stick to the foil!**

How long do you bake lasagna?

Bake in a preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 50 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. The top should get slightly golden brown and the edges should be bubbling.

Allow lasagna to sit for about 10 minutes before you cut into it. This will help you get clean slices.

Watch us Make It

Try our lasagna roll-ups, which takes our favorite lasagna recipe and makes it easy to serve. I suggest garlic bread to serve along side no matter which you choose.

Easy Lasagna Recipe
Easy Lasagna Recipe

Easy Lasagna Recipe

4.72 from 202 votes
This easy no boil lasagna recipe uses two meats and three cheeses for amazing flavor. Your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce keeps it simple!
Servings 15
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 10 minutes

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
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To assemble, spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  • 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).
  • 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, you won’t need as much water).
  • Spray a sheet of aluminium foil with cooking spray. Cover with the pan with aluminum foil (sprayed side down). This spray prevents the cheese from sticking.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 50 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  • Let the lasagna stand for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 15, with 1 serving being 1 slice 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: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 898mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 754IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 256mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Calories 383
Keyword best lasagna, how to make lasagna, lasagna recipe

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. You should 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.

Can you freeze lasagna?

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

  • Use a disposable aluminum pan to make your lasagna in. Then you can easily wrap it and freeze it.
  • If you are baking the lasagna before freezing it, make sure you allow the lasagna to cool completely before wrapping it.
  • Wrap the lasagna twice in plastic wrap and once in foil.
  • Remove it 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.
lasagna on a plate

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.
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What to Serve with Lasagna

Looking to bring the family together around the dinner table? Lasagna is almost an all-in-one casserole with lots of protein, so just a veggie or two on the side is all you need to make a complete meal. Here are a few favorite sides:

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Lauren Johnson
8 days ago

5 stars
Amazing recipe! I used gluten free noodles and my family couldn’t tell a difference, we loved it.

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