This easy no-boil delicious lasagna recipe uses two types of meat and three kinds of cheese for amazing flavor. Your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce keeps it simple!
But what happens if you’re short on time and still craving that classic lasagna flavor? This easy lasagna recipe comes to our rescue often. By using your favorite spaghetti sauce you can make this quickly and easily!
Lasagna with Ricotta or Cottage Cheese
When I was growing up, I always had lasagna with cottage cheese. I didn’t really eat any ricotta because I didn’t love the texture. We always put cottage cheese in lasagna in place of ricotta.
Now that I’m older, I can handle ricotta in lasagna. You can use either cottage cheese OR ricotta in this recipe. Use the same for either cheese you choose. Both are delicious, but ricotta is more authentic.
Delicious lasagna recipe
There are two steps you must start with in order to make the lasagna:
- prepare the meat sauce
- prepare the cheese filling
Here are the details of each:
In a large skillet over medium heat brown the ground beef and sausage together. Drain off and discard any fat.
Add the minced garlic and spaghetti sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix together the ricotta, 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, eggs, ½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese, dried parsley, salt and ground black pepper. Mix well.
Do you have to cook noodles for lasagna?
In delicious lasagna recipe, we don’t cook the noodles before we assemble the lasagna. The liquids from the spaghetti sauce should be enough that the noodles will cook beautifully in the oven as the lasagna bakes.
*If your sauce is a thick, hearty sauce, add ½ cup water to the edges of the pan. If your sauce is runnier like Old World Style Ragu, you won’t need as much water).
How to Layer Lasagna
Make sure you spray your baking pan with cooking spray so that the lasagna doesn’t stick. If you have a pan that is a little bigger than 9×13 or has deep sides, use that pan so that the lasagna doesn’t overflow.
Spread ¾ cup of sauce on the bottom of the baking pan.
Cover the bottom with 3 uncooked lasagna noodles.
Top with ⅓ of the cheese mixture and then ¼ of the sauce.
Repeat layers (noodles, cheese, sauce, noodles, cheese, sauce).
Top with 3 noodles, remaining sauce, remaining 1 cup of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
Do you cover lasagna when you bake it?
Some recipes may not require that you cover the lasagna while it bakes. However, it is important with our recipe to cover it so the sauce can get hot and soften the pasta. Cover the pan with a single layer of aluminum foil and bake covered for all but 10 minutes of the baking time.
**Pro Tip: Spray one side of the foil with cooking spray, then lay that side down on top of the lasagna and press the edges to seal. The spray helps the cheese not stick to the foil!**
How long do you bake lasagna?
Bake in a preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 50 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. The top should get slightly golden brown and the edges should be bubbling.
Allow lasagna to sit for about 10 minutes before you cut into it. This will help you get clean slices.
How to Reheat Lasagna
If you are wanting to heat leftover lasagna that is in a pan, cover it with foil and bake it in an oven that you’ve preheated to 350º Fahrenheit. You should bake it until the internal temperature reaches 165º F. This will take at least 30 minutes, but depending on how much is left, could take up to 50 minutes.
Can you freeze lasagna?
Yes! You can freeze lasagna both before and/or after you cook it. Either way works! Here are a few tips:
Use a disposable aluminum pan to make your lasagna in. Then you can easily wrap it and freeze it.
If you are baking the lasagna before freezing it, make sure you allow the lasagna to cool completely before wrapping it.
Wrap the lasagna twice in plastic wrap and once in foil.
Remove it from the freezer the day before you want to bake it. This will help it bake more quickly in the oven.
Freeze for 2-3 months.
How to Cook Frozen Lasagna
Lasagna will cook the most evenly and have the best results if you remove the lasagna from the freezer the day before you want to cook it. This will help it to mostly defrost and bake more easily.
Remove the wrappings, then cover with just one layer of foil.
Bake in a 350º F oven covered for about 50 minutes, then uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.
**If the lasagna was previously baked, you won’t need to bake it as long. Start at 30 minutes covered, then uncover and bake until heated through and bubbly on the edges.
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