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A lasagna recipe that is pure Italian taste with lean ground beef, flavorful spices, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, lasagna noodles, and topped off with more cheese. Delicious!

(Last Updated On: August 16, 2022)

With plenty of lean ground beef, onions, minced garlic, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and just the right amount of spices, this lasagna recipe is, for sure, the best around town!! And… we have the recipe right here for you. We will tell you how to make lasagna that everyone in your family will love. It’s also very simple to make too.

Lasagna

Key Ingredients For Lasagna

  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onions (1 medium-sized onion)
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley – chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 14 ½ ounces of whole tomatoes – undrained
  • 1 can of tomato sauce – 15 ounces
  • 1 container of Ricotta cheese – 15 ounces
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of dried oregano leaves
  • 8 lasagna noodles- oven ready
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese
Ingredients for lasagna.
Ingredients for Lasagna.

Step-By-Step Instructions With Photos

Preparing The Ground Beef Filling For Lasagna

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

To begin with, we need to chop up the onions! Depending on how big or small you like your onions to be, you can use your discretion whether to chop the onions or dice the onions. At least, in my opinion, it won’t make that much of a difference in the lasagna.

Onions in a bowl.
Chopped onions in a bowl.

In a frying pan, add 1 pound of lean ground beef together with 1 medium chopped onion and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.

Ground beef, onions, and minced garlic in frying pan to make lasagna.
Ground beef, chopped onions, and minced garlic in a frying pan.

Browning The Ground Beef Mixture

Then, brown the ground beef mixture on medium heat. As the ground beef is cooking, turn it over, mix it up, and chop it up as it cooks.

Frying ground beef, onions, and garlic.
The ground beef mixture is in a frying pan.

Keep browning the ground beef until there is no longer any pink showing. At this time, you can drain and discard any accumulated fat from the pan that you don’t want.

Ground beef, onions, and garlic done frying.
The ground beef is done browning with no pink showing.

Next, add 2 tablespoons (save 1 tablespoon for later) of the parsley together with 1 teaspoon of basil, and 1 teaspoon of sugar to the ground beef mixture.

Parsley added to the ground beef onion garlic mixture.
Parsley, basil, and sugar are added to the ground beef mixture.

Mix thoroughly while the ground beef mixture is still frying on the stove on medium heat.

Browning the ground beef and onions.
Ground beef mixture still frying on the stove on medium heat.

Then, add the 14 ½ ounce can of whole tomatoes – undrained, and 1 can of tomato sauce – 15 ounces – to the ground beef mixture. Break up the whole tomatoes into smaller pieces. Thoroughly mix all of the ingredients we have in the frying pan so far.

Whole tomatoes added to ground beef mixture.
Whole tomatoes and tomato sauce are added to the ground beef mixture.

Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Then reduce the heat to simmer. Let the ground beef mixture simmer, uncovered, for about 45 minutes, or until you can see it has slightly thickened.

Tomato sauce added to ground beef mixture.
The ground beef mixture is simmering.

Preparing The Cheese Filling

While the ground beef mixture is simmering on the stove, in a separate medium-sized bowl, put one 15 ounce size container of Ricotta cheese together with 1/4 cup  (save 1/4 cup for later) of parmesan cheese, 1 ½ teaspoon of dried oregano leaves, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of parsley we saved earlier.

Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, oregano, and basil in a bowl.
Ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, dried oregano leaves, and parsley in a bowl.

Mix all together until well blended.

Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, oregano, and basil in a bowl mixed together.
Ricotta cheese mixture.

In the meantime, the ground beef mixture has thickened so remove the frying pan from the burner. In the next step below, we are going to layer all of the ingredients in a baking dish.

Ground beef mixture has been simmering.
The ground beef mixture has thickened in the frying pan.

Making The Lasagna Layers

In a 9×13 inch baking dish, spread “half” of the ground beef mixture evenly in the dish. Note: You don’t need to spray the baking dish with cooking oil.

Baking pan with a layer of the ground beef mixture.
The first layer is ground beef in the baking dish.

Lay 4 (of the 8) oven-ready lasagna noodles over the top of the ground beef mixture.

A layer of lasagna noodles over the top of the ground beef mixture.
The second layer is lasagna noodles in the baking dish.

The next layer is the ricotta cheese mixture. Spread “half” of the ricotta cheese mixture over the top of the 4 lasagna noodles.

A layer of the parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, oregano, and basil  over the top of the lasagna noodles.
The third layer is ricotta cheese in the baking dish.

The last layer, before we repeat the layers, is the mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle “half” of the mozzarella cheese over the top of the ricotta cheese mixture.

A layer of mozzarella cheese over the top of the parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, oregano, and basil.
The fourth layer is mozzarella cheese in the baking dish.

Repeat The Layers Again

We are now going to repeat all of the layers, starting with the ground beef mixture. Spread the remaining ground beef mixture over the top of the mozzarella cheese.

Another layer of ground beef over the mozzarella cheese.
Another layer of ground beef in the baking dish.

Place the last 4 lasagna noodles over the top of the ground beef mixture.

Another layer of lasagna noodles over the top of the ground beef mixture.
Another layer of lasagna noodles in the baking dish.

Spread the last of the ricotta cheese mixture over the top of the lasagna noodles.

Another layer of the parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, oregano, and basil  over the top of the lasagna noodles.
Another layer of the ricotta cheese mixture is put in the baking dish.

Then, sprinkle the last remaining mozzarella cheese over the top of the ricotta cheese mixture.

A layer of mozzarella cheese over the top of the parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, oregano, and basil.
Another layer of mozzarella cheese is put in the baking dish.

The final layer is to sprinkle the rest of the 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese (that we saved earlier) over the top of the mozzarella cheese.

A layer of mozzarella cheese over the top of the parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, oregano, and basil.
The last layer of parmesan cheese is added to the baking dish.

Getting Lasagna Oven Ready

Place a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the baking dish to cover the lasagna. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Aluminum foil over baking dish.
Aluminum foil covers the top of the baking dish.

After baking for 30 minutes, take the aluminum foil off of the baking dish and bake the lasagna for another 15 minutes.

Lasagna done baking in the oven.
Lasagna was baked for 15 more minutes.

The lasagna has finished baking in the oven and is now ready to serve.

Lasagna done baking in the oven.
Lasagna is done baking and ready to serve.

Lasagna – hot out of the oven and it looks fantastic and tastes so yummy! Garlic bread and a salad or veggies are our side dishes. Enjoy! Try some homemade ice cream for dessert. Yum!

A slice of lasagna on a plate.

How To Make Lasagna

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A lasagna recipe that is pure Italian taste with lean ground beef, flavorful spices, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, lasagna noodles, and topped off with more cheese. Delicious!
5 from 2 votes
Cost $15
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings 8

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium-sized onion – chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 can whole tomatoes – undrained (14 ½ ounces)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 container of Ricotta cheese (15 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 8 lasagna noodles (oven-ready)
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Preparing the Ground Beef Mixture

  • Start browning the ground beef, chopped onions, and garlic over medium heat. Stir occasionally.
  • Add 2 tablespoons (save 1 tablespoon for later) of chopped parsley to the ground beef mixture. Keep browning the ground beef until it is no longer pink.
  • Drain to remove any accumulated fat.
  • Add basil, sugar, whole tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Break up the whole tomatoes with a fork.
  • Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes until slightly thickened.

Preparing the Cheese Mixture

  • Mix the ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup (save 1/4 cup for later) of the parmesan cheese, oregano, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of parsley.

Layering the Lasagna

  • Use an ungreased 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • First layer – half of the ground beef mixture.
  • Second layer – 4 lasagna noodles.
  • Third layer – half of the cheese mixture.
  • Fourth layer – half of the mozzarella cheese.
  • Repeat the four layers ending with mozzarella cheese and the remaining 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes.

Recipe Notes

  • Hot “out of the oven” garlic bread and buttered green beans with lots of pepper are great side dishes with lasagna.
  • This lasagna recipe uses oven-ready lasagna noodles. If you prefer, you can use the lasagna noodles that are boiled in water. There is no difference in taste, just more work in the kitchen using the lasagna noodles that need to be boiled.
  • Unbaked lasagna, covered with aluminum foil, can be put into the freezer for up to two months.
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