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Classic Lasagna

This is an amazing lasagna recipe featuring the classic beef, ricotta, and pasta flavors made with homemade marinara sauce. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword lasagna
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 4 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 24 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 741 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups marinara sauce (homemade or store-bought) divided
  • 8 oz oven ready lasagna sheets
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Italian cheese mix topping
  • 1/2 tsp dry oregano topping

Beef layer:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (85/15 or 90/10 meat to fat ratio)
  • 1/2 tsp dry oregano
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Italian cheese mix

Ricotta layer:

  • 20 oz whole milk ricotta
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese mix
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh Italian parsley (or regular parsley)
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh basil
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 egg
  • salt
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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease 9x13 casserole dish.

Beef:

  1. Preheat a medium cooking pan over medium heat. 

  2. Add oil and saute diced onion until transparent. 

  3. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up all the lumps, until just done. Season with salt, pepper, and oregano. 

  4. Once the meat is just done. Mix in 1 1/2 cups of marinara sauce and 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Set aside.

Ricotta:

  1. Combine all ingredients for the ricotta layer in a mixing bowl and mix very well. Set aside. 

Lasagna:

  1. Spread 1 cup of marinara sauce over the bottom of the casserole dish. Make sure it's spread evenly. 

  2. Layer lasagna noodles in one even layer. I like to overlap the pasta sheets just a little bit, 1/2 to 1/4 inch or so.

  3. Spread beef mixture over the pasta sheets evenly. Spread 1 1/2 cups of shredded Italian cheese mix.

  4. Layer lasagna noodles in one even layer. Again, you can overlap the pasta sheets just a little bit, 1/2 to 1/4 inch or so. 

  5. Spread 1 cup of marinara sauce over pasta sheets evenly. 

  6. Spread ricotta mixture evenly. Drop spoonfuls of ricotta mixture all over and use your hands to spread it in one even layer. (Of course, make sure your hands are clean.)

  7. Layer lasagna noodles in one even layer. Overlap the pasta sheets just a little bit, 1/2 to 1/4 inch or so. 

  8. Spread 1 cup of marinara sauce over pasta sheets, evenly. 

  9. Spread 1 1/2 cups of shredded Italian cheese mix over the sauce evenly. 

  10. Sprinkle some oregano over the top. 

  11. Spray one side of aluminum foil sheet with cooking spray and cover the casserole dish with foil, oiled side down. 

  12. Bake covered for about 35 minutes. 

  13. Take off the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Classic Lasagna
Amount Per Serving
Calories 741 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 166mg55%
Sodium 1311mg57%
Potassium 815mg23%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 1370IU27%
Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
Calcium 654mg65%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.