Homemade Lasagna is a classic recipe that every cook should have in their rotation.

Tender sheets of pasta, a creamy ricotta cheese filling, and a rich meaty tomato sauce are all topped with more cheese and baked until browned and bubbly.

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

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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 best lasagna recipe is made with ingredients that 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!

Lasagna Ingredients

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  • Cheese Filling: For this classic lasagna recipe, the filling contains ricotta and parmesan with seasonings and a couple of tablespoons of parsley. No ricotta? No problem, cottage cheese works just fine in this recipe!
  • Meat: I use both Italian sausage and ground beef for great flavor. If using all beef, add a ¼ teaspoon of fennel seeds and some Italian seasoning to the meat mixture for flavor.
  • Sauce: To keep this sauce quick, I use pasta sauce or marinara sauce (it’s easy to make from scratch with crushed tomatoes and canned tomatoes if you’d prefer).

Spinach (variation): 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.

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! This is a really easy lasagna recipe.

  1. Boil pasta: Cook in a large pot of salted water per the recipe below.
  2. Prepare meat sauce: Cook sausage and beef with onion and garlic. Drain well, add the pasta sauce & simmer it for a few minutes to thicken.
  3. Combine cheese mixture: Stir the cheese mixture together in a bowl.
  4. Layer & bake: Layer the meat sauce and cheese mixture with lasagna noodles and bake until browned and bubbly.

How to Layer Lasagna

  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 ricotta cheese mixture. Repeat the layers, ending with a layer of noodles and sauce
  3. Cover with foil and bake. Remove foil, top with mozzarella and parmesan, and bake for another 15 minutes.

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

  • sauce – noodles – cheese
  • sauce – noodles – cheese
  • sauce – noodles – cheese
  • noodles – sauce (bake) – cheese
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How Long to Bake

Bake this lasagna recipe for a total of one hour. To get a perfect browned cheese topping, you’ll need to bake it in two stages.

  1. Layer and cover it tightly with aluminum foil to retain the moisture.
  2. Once cooked, and heated through, remove the foil, top with cheese, and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes, or until the top is browned and the lasagna is bubbling.

Important: Let the Lasagna Rest

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 with a big slice of Homemade Garlic Bread and garnish with fresh basil or a couple of tablespoons of parsley.

Finish the meal with a Caesar salad or Italian salad.

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Make Ahead

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

To Freeze Lasagna

Lasagna is one of the best meals to make ahead and freeze. Double or triple the recipe and store it tightly wrapped in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bake as directed. If the lasagna is cold from the fridge, it may need an extra 20 minutes or so of cooking time.

How 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
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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 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large pot of salted water, boil lasagna noodles until al dente according to package directions. Drain, rinse under cold water, and set aside.
  • In a large skillet or dutch oven, brown beef, sausage, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Stir in the pasta sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper. Simmer uncovered over medium heat for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  • In a separate bowl, combine 1 ½ cups mozzarella, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, ricotta, parsley, egg, and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • Spread 1 cup of the meat sauce in a 9×13 pan or casserole dish. Top it with 3 lasagna noodles. Layer with ⅓ of the ricotta cheese mixture and 1 cup of meat sauce. Repeat twice more. Finish with 3 noodles topped with remaining sauce.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. 
  • Remove the foil and sprinkle with the remaining 2 ½ cups mozzarella cheese and ¼ cup parmesan cheese. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Broil for 2-3 minutes if desired.
  • Rest for at least 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. Salt needed may vary based on the brand of pasta sauce used. Taste and season after simmering.
Cheese Layer The cheese layers are thin; if you’d prefer a thicker layer of cheese, divide the cheese in half and put on the first two layers, and add just meat sauce to the third layer. We did test this with extra ricotta cheese and found it overpowered the lasagna. 
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. If using all beef, add ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning to the meat (and ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds if desired).
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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 am not huge on Italian food, but my boyfriend is Italian and I really wanted to cook something for him. I am a beginner, so I had my mom help who is a really good cook. We even made sauce from scratch, which is something my mom has never done. It turned out absolutely delicious! I had my boyfriend over for dinner and he loved it. We brought some to his parents who also thought it was amazing. It was a lot of work but nothing too difficult. It really paid off! Thank you for this recipe, I’m sure it won’t be the only time I make it.5 stars

  2. made this lasagna and it was delicious! I love cooking but for some reason never made a lasagna before. this was a hit with my family. I’m wondering: could this same cheese mixture be used successfully I’m manicotti or stuffed shells? thank you!5 stars

  3. delicious!! I used 46-48 oz of pasta sauce and really liked it. I froze half of it unbaked. is there a way to cook it directly from freezer or does it have to thaw first?5 stars

  4. I have been making this recipe for years and it’s always a hit. I modify it a bit depending on my mood. I typically don’t need the extra salt and add more tomato than it calls for so it’s not too thick. There’s always extra sauce that I freeze and save for impromptu spaghetti. Although this isn’t a traditional lasagna it is delicious and my family and friends love it.5 stars

  5. I wanted to try a new and different meal for Easter instead of the traditional ham we always served and chose this recipe. My family absolutely loved this lasagna recipe. It was rich, full of flavor and down right delicious! It will be my go to lasagna recipe from now on.5 stars

  6. Hello-If I am making to take to a friend, do I just put it all together, including the cooked noodles, meat, etc., and then tell them to put in the fridge, till they bake? Also, how long to bake, if coming from fridge? Thanks so much!!5 stars

    1. Hi Shannon, I would make it all the way until it’s ready to bake. I would suggest removing it from the fridge at least 30 minutes before baking and it still may need a little extra time to bake. I hope this helps!

  7. This sounds easy and delicious and I want to make this for Easter but can I make it ahead of time without freezing. If so, do I bake it first or leave it unbaked and bake it before eating it. Thank you!

    1. Yes, this can be prepared two days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. You can cook it either before or after (I personally would prefer it to bake fresh to serve). If it’s chilled from the fridge, it will need extra time to cook and I would suggest removing it from the fridge at least 30 minutes before baking. Enjoy Dianna!

  8. Wonderful recipe! I know when making it fresh, you put the top layer of cheese on for the last bit of the bake time, however I have a question when freezing – do you put the top layer of cheese on before freezing?

    1. Hi Leah, I would freeze it without the cheese on top and add it towards the end as directed in the recipe.

    1. To find the ingredient amounts you can scroll to the bottom to the recipe or hit “jump to recipe” in the top bar. I hope this helps Jones!

  9. If you are taking to someone else to bake later, do you put all the cheese on top or have them bake and add the cheese as noted in the recipe? Trying to make sure I provide proper instructions for parents :)

  10. I’ve made a lot of lasagna in the past but this recipe tops them all. So easy and delicious. Directions were very easy to follow. I will make it again and again and again! Thank you Holly5 stars

  11. Have made this multiple times with oven ready noodles. I just add extra tomato sauce. Delicious! I make this to divide into containers for my trucker hubby to take on the road.5 stars

  12. lasagne recipe – So where does the egg come in
    I see it listed but don’t see where you incorporate it
    The cheese mixture ? ?

  13. Excellent. Followed every step, except used a little over a pound of spicy sausage from Costco.5 stars

  14. This recipe looks amazing! I usually use oven ready noodles. Could you tell me how to adjust the recipe to use oven ready noodles. My family loves lasagna. I look forward to making this recipe.5 stars

    1. Oven-ready noodles should work just fine. I would check the package to see if the sauce needs any adjustments.

    2. You need extra moisture for oven ready noodles. Add some extra tomato puree, juice, or water to the sauce.