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Classic Homemade Lasagna

This classic homemade lasagna recipe is all-out comfort food! It has three kinds of cheese and an irresistible tomato and meat sauce for an Italian-American favorite at home.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian American
Keyword lasagna recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Resting time: 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 654kcal

Ingredients

Meat Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (28 fluid ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste

Cheese layer:

  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 15 ounces ricotta see note
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped

Other:

  • 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella for topping the lasagna
  • For serving: fresh basil, chopped parsley optional, to taste

Instructions

  • In a pot/Dutch oven, sauté the onion in the olive oil for 4 minutes, then stir in the ground beef and sausage meat, breaking it up with your spoon as you go along, and cook until meat is browned (about 8-10 min.). Spoon out most of the fat, but leave a few tablespoons in for flavor. Add in the remaining meat sauce ingredients. When it starts to bubble, reduce the heat (medium-low to low), cover the pot with the lid slightly open, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sauce should be quite thick.
  • While the sauce is cooking, gather the remaining ingredients. Add the egg to a fairly large prep bowl and beat it with a fork. Add in the rest of the cheese layer ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Preheat your oven to 375F and move the rack to the top third of the oven.
  • When the meat sauce is about 15-20 minutes from being done, boil a large, salted pot of water for the lasagna noodles. Cook the noodles al dente (about 7-8 minutes) - be careful not to overcook. Stir them occasionally to prevent sticking. Once they're done, drain them (do not rinse). When they're cool enough to handle after a couple of minutes, lay them out individually on a sheet of parchment paper so they don't stick together.
  • To assemble the lasagna: spread about 1 cup of the meat sauce evenly on the bottom of a deep 9x13 casserole dish. Add 4 noodles to the bottom of the casserole dish (they will overlap a bit). Spread half of the cheese mixture over top, and then spoon about 1/3 of the meat sauce on top of that. Add another 4 noodles, the rest of the cheese mixture, another 1/3 of the meat sauce, and then the final layer of 4 noodles. Spoon on the rest of the meat sauce, then top with the remaining 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover with foil and then bake for 30 minutes. Take the foil off and continue baking for another 20 minutes. Optional: broil for a few minutes to make the cheese extra browned (watch it closely so it doesn't burn!).
  • Let the lasagna sit for 15 minutes. This is important as it helps it set. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and basil if using. Cut into squares (I use my chef's knife and then a spatula to scoop it out) and enjoy! Season with extra salt & pepper if needed.

Notes

  • Some of the prep time is counted within the cook time for this recipe as some prep steps are completed while the meat sauce is cooking.
  • For the ricotta, I strongly recommend using the highest fat % you can find. It'll be more creamy and less watery. You may find it labeled as "whole milk" ricotta. I used one with 15% fat.
  • I caution against making substitutions on any of the major components (type of canned tomatoes, other liquid quantities, cheeses, meats, etc.) as it may change how the lasagna works out (texture, flavor, etc.). Small changes like adding more garlic are fine.
  • Serves 8-12 depending on portion size and what else it's served with.
  • See blog post for more tips including process photos, storage info, etc.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
     

Nutrition

Calories: 654kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 1291mg | Potassium: 732mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 912IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 467mg | Iron: 4mg