Homemade Lasagna is a classic that every cook should have in their rotation. Tender sheets of pasta, a cheese filling, and a rich meaty tomato sauce make the perfect dish!

While there are a few steps to this recipe, it’s easy to make and has huge flavor. This dish can be made ahead of time and freezes well either before or after baking!

Easy Homemade Lasagna on a plate

How to Make Lasagna

Homemade lasagna may have a few steps, but each step is easy – and I assure you it’s worth the time; the perfect Italian meal!

The ingredients in this recipe are all things you know and it’s not difficult at all! All you’ll need for this easy lasagna recipe is one pan, one bowl, and a 9×13 baking dish!

A quick overview of the layers:

  • Cheese Filling Mix the ricotta and cheeses (per recipe below) with an egg in a bowl, and set aside. No ricotta? No problem, cottage cheese works just fine in this recipe!
  • Meat Sauce Brown the onion, garlic, and meat in a pot on the stovetop. Add the pasta sauce and tomato paste & simmer a few minutes.
  • Layer Together Layer the meat sauce and cheese mixture with noodles and bake until bubbling

SPINACH LASAGNA To make a spinach lasagna, squeeze out most of the moisture of defrosted frozen spinach and add it along with the cheese layer. Lasagna ingredients don’t have to be limited to the ones you see here.

Substitute meats or different cheeses, or try different meat sauce variations.

Easy Homemade Lasagna before assembly

How to Layer Lasagna

Once you have prepared the meat sauce and cheeses, you’re ready to layer. This is the order of layers:

  • sauce – noodles – cheese
  • sauce – noodles – cheese
  • sauce – noodles – cheese
  • noodles – sauce (bake) – cheese
  1. Spread about a cup of meat sauce into a 9×13 pan. Add a layer of noodles.
  2. Top the noodles with some of the cheese mixture.
  3. Repeat the layers, ending with a layer of noodles and sauce
  4. Cover with foil and bake.
  5. Remove foil, top with mozzarella and parmesan and bake another 15 minutes.

Easy Homemade Lasagna in a serving dish

How Long to Bake

Baking time lasagna for this recipe is about one hour total. To get that perfect browned cheese topping, you’ll need to bake it in two stages.

  1. Layer, cover it tightly in foil to retain the moisture.
  2. Once cooked, remove the foil, top with cheese, and return to the oven for another 15 minutes, or until the top is browned and your easy lasagna is bubbling.

Important Tip: Let the lasagna sit/rest for at least 15 minutes once removed from the oven (even 30-45 minutes is fine). This will keep it from becoming runny and help it to keep its shape when cut.

Resting is not required when reheating.

Serve this easy lasagna with a chunk of Homemade Garlic Bread.

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We love serving a classic lasagna dinner, complete with a caesar salad or Italian salad and dinner rolls slathered in Homemade Garlic Butter. It’s the world’s best meal!

Make Ahead

Lasagna can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated up to 2 days before baking. It can also be frozen before or after baking.

To Freeze

Lasagna is one of the best meals to make ahead and freeze. Double or triple the recipe and freeze some for another day. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and bake as directed.

To Reheat Lasagna

If you’ve frozen leftovers, pop them in the oven at 350°F covered, until reheated. This should take about 30 minutes! Of course, leftovers are perfectly heated in the microwave too!

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Easy Homemade Lasagna

Homemade lasagna is a classic, delicious dinner that every family should have in their recipe rotation. 
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients  

  • 12 lasagna noodles uncooked
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese shredded and divided
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded and divided

Tomato Sauce

  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound Italian sausage
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 36 ounces pasta sauce *see note
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Cheese Mixture

  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 egg beaten

Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Rinse under cold water and set aside.
  • Brown beef, sausage, onion and garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Stir in pasta sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning. Simmer 5 minutes.
  • Make Cheese Mixture by combining 1 ½ cups mozzarella, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, ricotta, parsley, and egg.
  • Add 1 cup meat sauce to a 9x13 pan.
    Top with 3 lasagna noodles. Layer with ⅓ of the Cheese Mixture and 1 cup of meat sauce.
    Repeat twice more.
    Finish with 3 noodles topped with remaining sauce.
  • Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes. 
  • Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese (2 ½ cups mozzarella cheese and ¼ cup parmesan), and bake an additional 15 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Broil 2-3 minutes if desired.
  • Rest 10-15 minutes before cutting.

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Notes

*Note on the sauce: In this recipe each layer has about 1 cup of meat sauce. If you prefer more sauce in your lasagna, increase the pasta sauce to 48 oz.
Time Saving Tip:  Use fresh lasagna sheets found in the deli area and skip the boiling step! Fresh lasagna doesn't need to be boiled first.
Let the lasagna sit/rest for at least 15 minutes once removed from the oven (even 30-45 minutes is fine). This will keep it from becoming runny and help it to keep its shape when cut.
Resting is not required when reheating.
Substitutions:
Ricotta cheese can be replaced with cottage cheese.
Use all beef (or even ground turkey) in place of sausage if needed.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 377 | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 857mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 805IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 526mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Casserole, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian

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  1. I made it. I found the cheese mixture skimpy, personal preference. It would help if all cheeses were listed in ingredients instead of in the recipe steps. Meat sauce amounts was perfect!

  2. Will it taste ok if I make it the night before? Having company over and would love to just reheat it in the oven5 stars

  3. Hi Holly! I am a Latin and Latin Fusion food blogger. Super picky about recipes, as you can imagine. I cook a lot of Italian dishes for my family and always change the recipe up. I must to tell you that this is THE BEST LASAGNA I have ever had!!!! I don’t make any changes to the recipe because of how perfect it is. Thank you for this delicious culinary gift!

  4. My first time making lasagna and my family enjoyed it. I added mushrooms to the meat sauce and spinach to the cheese mixture.5 stars

    1. Which part did you find difficult Curt? Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy it. What was the issue with it? This lasagna is well loved by my family and readers too. It’s always turned out well for us, so perhaps I can offer some suggestions.

  5. As half Italian and making everything from scratch I have to say this is pretty much how authentic Lasagna is made. I make my own sauce but use ground beef and Italian sausage for the meat sauce. Ricotta is a must with the egg and parmesan cheese, and mozzarella. Most people don’t realize you really need to put some sauce down first before starting the assembly. I do noodles, sauce, some parmesan, ricotta, mozzarella, Repeat. Great recipe for a quick and really good lasagna! You must be Italian! Thanks, DaveF5 stars

    1. I do put the meat sauce first then start layering the rest. I use ricotta which is also a must. I melt the Mozzarella and Parmesan on top after I uncover it then bake a little longer.5 stars

    1. Hi Lynn, other readers have made this recipe with ground chicken and had great results. You will have to let us know what you think!

  6. This looks super delicious and I’m tempted to put on the menu at our house. My only hold out is I can’t do ricotta cheese. I got sick off of it and haven’t been able to eat it since. Are there any alternatives for it? I had read maybe cottage cheese, but I can’t do that either.

    Your recipes are fabulous and I thank you for sharing your gift with us!

    1. Sorry to hear that, Elaine! Cottage cheese definitely would have been the closest substitute but you can use any soft cheese that you are able to eat. I haven’t tried using either of these but possibly cream cheese or goat cheese. You will have to let us know which one you use and how it turns out!

  7. I have never made meat lasagne before only butternut squash lasagne. This was a wonderful recipe and very easy to follow. I probably used closer to 3/4 lb of both ground beef and Italian sausage because that’s how they were packaged, so, I added a little more tomato sauce. It was perfect. Thanks for so many great recipes.5 stars

  8. Absolutely Awesome !!! I’m a 65 year old man who has never made Lasagna before and I gotta tell ya, it was fantastic (if I don’t say so myself) !! Everyone at the family dinner loved it !!! Thank you !!!5 stars

  9. Easy + wonderful + simple recipe! I had made about 30 meatballs intending to use them in lasagna. I just sliced them and put sauce over them in the sauce step. I used fresh mozzarella on top, after baking for 40 minutes… I served additional meatballs on the side with sauce and garlic bread. Thank you for a great recipe! :)5 stars

  10. I have made this several times and everyone loves it. I only use ground beef or bison and Rao’s marinara sauce in mine. Delicious!!5 stars

  11. I made this for my nan’s birthday dinner! I followed the exact recipe and it turned out amazing! everyone kept saying how great it was! Thank you for sharing this recipe :)5 stars

  12. I found the recipe very easy to follow. And had just the right amount of cheese mixture and meat sauce. It was a big hit with my family! My son even had seconds! Will definitely be making it again!5 stars

  13. 1 Star for directions. The first time I made it, I used 2 C ricotta cheese, parsley and one egg. Thinking “Boy! this cheese doesn’t spread at all well.”
    The second time I made it: 2 C Ricotta, parsley, egg and 1 1/2 C mozzarella cheese- as found in the recipe.
    The third time I made it I added more meat.
    I used oven ready lasagna, so I added 1.5 C water per the box directions.
    This is a hard recipe to follow for an easy dish! Be careful.1 star

    1. Oh no, sorry to hear that, LeiAloha. You will want to make the meat sauce and the cheese mixture then layer as follows: 1 cup meat sauce, 3 noodles, 1/3 cheese mixture, and repeat on that order until out of the cheese mixture. To finish off the lasagna, top with 3 noodles and the remaining sauce, then sprinkle with cheese. I hope that helps!