Lasagna Recipe {Classic Italian Taste}

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Lasagna Recipe
Here's a classic lasagna recipe that layers rich meat sauce, creamy ricotta, and plenty of cheese between sheets of lasagna noodles. This recipe is designed to be straightforward, but you can adapt it to suit your taste.

Hey there, it’s Jacob Allen from Beyond the Bayou Blog. I’m really excited to share a dish that brings me back to my college days—lasagna. It’s more than just a recipe for me; it’s a snapshot of late-night dinners and long conversations with friends.

Back in college, my buddies and I would try all sorts of recipes to avoid cafeteria food. One night, we decided to make lasagna from scratch after finding an old Italian cookbook in a second-hand shop. The idea seemed a bit ambitious, but we were all up for the challenge.

Our tiny kitchen became our gathering spot, and each of us took on a different task. Someone worked on the sauce, someone else prepared the cheese filling, and the rest of us handled the noodles. The whole experience was a fun mess of laughter and sauce-splattered counters. Adding garlic bread to the mix was the best decision we made.

Now, every time I make lasagna, it’s like I’m back in that tiny kitchen with my college friends, joking around and sharing stories. It’s not just about the food; it’s about those unforgettable moments. So, join me in reliving those memories with this classic lasagna recipe!

Overview: How to Make Easiest Lasagna?

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Lasagna is one of those dishes that instantly makes you think of comfort food and cozy dinners with family or friends. It’s like the ultimate way to bring people together over a hearty, home-cooked meal. Just picture layers of savory meat sauce, creamy ricotta, and melted mozzarella cheese, all wrapped up in sheets of pasta. Delicious, right?

The first thing you need is a good meat sauce. You start with ground beef and Italian sausage, and add in some onions and garlic to build a solid base. Throw in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and a bunch of Italian spices, then let it all simmer. Trust me, your kitchen will smell amazing in no time.

While that’s cooking, you can get the cheese filling ready. It’s a simple mix of ricotta, egg, and Parmesan. Spread that over the lasagna noodles, then layer it with the meat sauce. Top it all off with shredded mozzarella, and pop it in the oven. As it bakes, the cheese melts and gets all bubbly and golden. It’s the kind of dish that has everyone hovering around the kitchen, waiting for it to be done.

Sure, lasagna takes a little time to put together, but it’s totally worth it. You can even relax while it’s baking, knowing you’re about to have an awesome meal. It’s perfect for family dinners, get-togethers with friends, or even just when you want a hearty meal that will give you leftovers for days. If you haven’t made lasagna in a while, give it a try—you’ll be glad you did.

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Lasagna Recipe

Here’s a classic lasagna recipe that layers rich meat sauce, creamy ricotta, and plenty of cheese between sheets of lasagna noodles. This recipe is designed to be straightforward, but you can adapt it to suit your taste.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Calories: 350kcal
Author: Jacob Allen
Servings: 12

Equipment

  • Large skillet or Dutch oven
  • Large Pot
  • 9×13-inch baking dish
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Wooden Spoon or Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Aluminum foil
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients

For the Meat Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil

For the Cheese Filling

  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Lasagna

  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

Instructions

Make the Meat Sauce

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion and sauté until translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef and Italian sausage, breaking it up with a spoon. Cook until browned, about 7-10 minutes. Drain any excess fat.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and oregano. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Optionally, add chopped fresh basil just before assembling the lasagna.

Make the Cheese Filling

  • In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of shredded mozzarella, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

Assemble the Lasagna

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C)
  • .If using regular lasagna noodles, cook them according to package instructions, then drain and rinse with cold water.Spread a thin layer of meat sauce at the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Arrange a layer of lasagna noodles on top of the sauce.
  • Spread half of the ricotta mixture over the noodles, then top with another layer of meat sauce.Add a second layer of noodles, the rest of the ricotta mixture, and more meat sauce.Top with a final layer of noodles and the remaining meat sauce.Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of shredded mozzarella on top.

Bake the Lasagna

  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
  • Let the lasagna rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves if desired.

Notes

Prep All Ingredients in Advance: To make the cooking process smoother, have all your ingredients ready before you start. This includes pre-cooking the lasagna noodles (if you’re not using no-boil), chopping onions, and mixing the cheese filling. It’ll help you stay organized and keep the cooking flow going.
 
Layer with Care: When assembling the lasagna, make sure to evenly distribute the meat sauce and cheese filling. Start with a thin layer of sauce on the bottom to prevent sticking, then add a layer of noodles, followed by the cheese filling, then more sauce. Repeat until you have at least three layers of noodles, finishing with a generous topping of sauce and shredded mozzarella for that golden, bubbly crust.
 
Let It Rest Before Serving: Once the lasagna is baked, resist the urge to cut into it immediately. Let it rest for about 10-15 minutes. This allows the layers to set and makes it easier to cut clean slices without everything falling apart. Plus, it helps to bring out the flavors even more.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Piece | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 600mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g

Here are some dishes you can serve with lasagna:

Can I make Lasagna Ahead of Time?

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Absolutely! Lasagna is a great dish to prepare in advance. You can assemble it up to a day ahead and keep it covered in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to bake, just take it out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before putting it in the oven. It might need a little extra baking time since it’s cold, but it’s a perfect way to save time when you’re hosting or just busy.

What Kind of Cheese Should I Use?

Mozzarella and ricotta are the usual suspects in lasagna, but you can also add a few extras to give it a unique twist. Parmesan is a classic choice for adding a bit of sharpness, and some people like to sprinkle a little cheddar for a different flavor. If you want to make it even cheesier, consider adding provolone or asiago for extra depth.

Here are Three Tips and Tricks for Making Lasagna, Explained in a Conversational Tone:

Tip 1: Don’t Skimp on the Sauce

I can’t stress this enough: make sure you have plenty of sauce when you’re making lasagna. A dry lasagna is no fun, right? I always make a bit extra, so I have a generous layer at the bottom of the dish to keep everything from sticking, and a hearty topping to keep it moist. If you find you don’t need it all, you can always freeze the leftover sauce for later.

Tip 2: Let It Rest Before Slicing

Once the lasagna comes out of the oven, the smell makes you want to dig right in. But here’s the trick: let it rest for about 10-15 minutes. This helps the layers set, so when you cut into it, everything stays in place. Trust me, this makes serving so much easier, and you get those neat, Instagram-worthy slices.

Tip 3: Experiment with Fillings

If you’re like me and enjoy trying new things, don’t be afraid to play around with the fillings. You can add sautéed mushrooms or spinach for extra flavor, or even mix in some pesto with the cheese filling for a little twist. Just keep in mind that if you add veggies with high water content, like zucchini, you might want to cook them first to avoid a watery lasagna. It’s all about making it your own!

How do I Store and Reheat Leftover Lasagna?

Leftover lasagna is a gift that keeps on giving. To store it, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. When you want to reheat it, you can use the microwave for a quick fix, but the best way to keep it from drying out is to reheat it in the oven. Cover it with foil and warm it at 350°F (175°C) for about 20-30 minutes, or until it’s heated through. Add a splash of water or sauce before reheating to keep it moist.

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