Beef and Cheese Lasagna

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
1 hr 20 min

Yield:
4 servings (plus enough meat sauce for 2 more meals)
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • Lasagna Filling*:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 4 cups ricotta cheese (regular or part-skim)
  • 8 ounces grated mozzarella cheese (regular or part-skim), divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano
Directions
Lasagna Filling*:

Lasagna:

*Cooks note: this amount of filling makes enough for 3 recipes. If you are only making this recipe, the extra sauce can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

 

For the Lasagna Filling:

Heat the oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute 3 minutes, until soft. Add, beef and cook 5 to 7 minutes, until browned all over, breaking up the meat as it cooks. Stir in basil, oregano and red pepper flakes.

 

Add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

 

For the Lasagna:

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine ricotta, half of the mozzarella, egg, and black pepper. Mix well.

 

Pour 1 cup of the meat sauce in the bottom of a 13 by 9-inch lasagna pan. Arrange 4 UNCOOKED lasagna noodles on top of sauce, overlapping noodles slightly to cover the bottom. Spoon half of the cheese mixture over noodles. Top with 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce and 4 more noodles. Top second layer of noodles with remaining cheese mixture, 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce and 4 more noodles. Top noodles with 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese. Top with Parmesan cheese.

 

Refrigerate or freeze the remaining sauce.

 

Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes, until top is golden and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.


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Made it for Thanksgiving Dinner. Everybody loved it. Made it with half ground turkey and half beef. I know it called for uncooked Lasagna noodles but since we didn't have the no - boil kind, we put them in hot water for a bit just to make them softer and easier to arrange in the dish. Again, great recipe. As for the extra sauce, maybe we'll do tacos? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't cooked lasagna in years so to make it tonight was a pleasure. For the 3lbs of beef or turkey I used 2 lbs of beef and 1 lb of the mild sausage. Used 1 tsp of red pepper flakes and added lots more cheese over the top. I don't add much salt to anything and noticing that the recipe didn't call for salt I thought I would try it. I believe a tad of salt would add more flavor but other than that it was very tasty.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
So I decided to "halve" the recipe since I had only 9 lasagna noodles and did not want a bunch of extra sauce. I halved everything except I used 1 lb of ground beef, 1 can of tomatoes, 1 whole 14oz jar of sauce, a little extra mozz (maybe 5 or 6 oz, and almost a whole egg. I just eye-balled the sauce when I was putting it on the noodles. I had some leftover for later use (probably 1.5 cups. It turned out perfect and saucy. However, I would agree on added extra spices next time, but it was still delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved the tip of not having to cook the noodles ahead of time: and the noodles came out perfectly tender. The meat sauce was a little runnier that I liked though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for the first time.MY children loved it item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making lasagna. It will definetly be a dish we do againg. I used half hamburger half italian sausage. It made enough for 10 adults in a 9x13 pan. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is fantastic! Easy to do and great tasting! My wife, who is not a huge fan of Lasagna, loved it. I'll make it again. Great comfort food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cooked the noodles and added some extra spice to the sauce (salt, parsley, garlic powder, seasoned salt, more oregano) and it really improved the taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this dish and loved it. It's a keeper item not reviewed by moderator and published
well i havent made this meal yet but the way i saw it made was yummy and i plan on trying tonite five stars cuz u made me feel like i can do this i was tired of looking at other shows and it seem hard thanks alot for making easy meals item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm new at cooking and this was my first time making Lasagna, after going through many recipes I found this one. I first read all the reviews and did what everyone else said was needed. Took out one cup of ricotta, and added a sprinkle more seasoning, used one giant onion, and added one extra clove of garlic. I also didn't need so much extra sauce so I took out one can of diced tomato.. I also double it so got x2 amount of stuff needed under the lasagna part. Didn't have any extra sauce, although the lasagna did drip a little when cooking in the oven. I thought it came out great!! It wasn't to saucy, and I'm a giant garlic fan so I could of even added one more little bit of garlic. There was a little something missing which is why I gave it 4 stars. But it was really easy to make and everyone did love it! I'm glad I added the extra seasoning and REALLY glad I read everyone's comments on this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made all the meals from this show. The lasagna was good, but my familly loved the sloppy joes the best. Easy to make. I used about 1/2 the ricotta. Also froze 1/2 and when I thawed it, it still turned out good. I used cooked lasagna noodles. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I Love this recipe. Although I agree that it could use a little more flavor, I was never one to follow spice directions to a T. I baked a yummy lasagna that fed me for a few days and then I took the left overs and used all the ingredients from PAT'S FAMOUS BEEF AND PORK CHILI. Substitute the fulling for the following ingredients: 1 lb. ground beef* 1 lb ground pork* 1 (24 oz) can diced tomatoes* *REMINDER(this means you do not need to buy these ingredients!!!!!:) - Follow the rest of the ingredients on the list, including the spices.( add corn or carrots if you choose) - Mix the left over lasanga sause with the rest of the ingredients and put in slow cooker. -Go RELAX, do whatever you want!!! By dinner time you will have a new different, yummy and easy chili!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is agreat and easy lasagna recipe. i always read the reviews so i do what they said, i used some prego instead the tomatos and it comes out great. Also, i wasnt able to find ricota, so i was at the market wondering what should i do, when some guy who was cheesse shopping too told me that use some cottage cheesse ant mix it with 2 egges and oregano, i was like "i dont think so" when he told me "im italian, trust me" so i did it that way ant it turns out great for me, since in my town was difficult to find ricota cheesse! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so easy to make and a definite crowd-pleaser. My kids helped make this and everyone loved it! I never knew how easy lasagna was to make until we tried this. I saw Robin make this on her show and it was brilliant how she made a large amount of ground beef and tomato sauce and make three things to eat all week long: lasagna, sloppy joes, and tacos. Only by just adding a few ingredients to the meat/tomato sauce. Thank you, from a very busy mommy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This 3 way is an all time saver of your time. As you divide the large recipe you can spice it up to fit your family's tastes. I'm so sorry they don't seem to be using new shows with Robin in them. I love her time saving recipes, and fun way she presents them. Her recipies seem to be allot healther than some of the Food Networks Stars. One note on the lasagna if you use a dryer sauce, pour once cup of boiling water over the lasagna, once it is totally layered, not adding the last layer of cheese til you take the Heavy Duty Foil off in the last 15 minutes of baking. I've done this for years. I bake mine at 400. Enjoy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very basic base, very bland, maybe if you added a jar of Prego for the Lasagna it would help. I will add some flavor to the sauce that I have extra. This just has no zing or zip! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really like the idea of making this much sauce @ a time & freeze for two more meals. I actually used about an extra half pound of beef but was too heavy handed, I tend to be, w/the Extra Virgin Olive Oil & should have known better w/the several cans of diced tomatoes and one can of whole tomatoes. I think it should have had a can of tomato paste but I didn't have any on hand! Hello! But, the lasagna came out delicious & my husband loved it. I did too & I don't usually like it but because it's got more Ricotta, I really like it. We have plenty left over & frozen for another two meals. Because of my heavy handedness w/the olive oil I put the pot of sauce in the fridge overnight & just slipped the oil off the top while it was chilled. I then broke it up into the two other sizes & froze for the other two recipes that I'm going to try & I'm going to take others advice w/them & will leave a review afterwards. ***One note regarding this sauce for lasagna. I think it should have had more (?) oregano. I lost the recipe my parents used to use for lasagna but it was delicious. I think it had much more oregano but am not sure and am going to look around for that. If anyone knows the answer to that let me know @ dolsgirl@gmail.com & please put lasagna in the subject line so I'll know it isn't a spam. *** Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great lasagna. made it for some people I am a chef fore and they raved about it chef mike item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used my own preferred sauce and turned out delicious..Even better the next day!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipes was easy to prepare and my family of 3 love it item not reviewed by moderator and published
not enough flaver,it needs something robin item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe tonight and me and my family were a bit disappointed. It wasn't terrible but I think there was way too much ricotta cheese and it was pretty dry. The uncooked noodles did cook perfectly though. The meat sauce tasted bland to me as I was cooking it so I added some more onion, basil and oregano than asked for in the recipe. I also added salt, pepper, garlic salt and onion powder to taste. That made the mixture a bit more tastier but it didn't make up for the lack of sauce versus meat ratio. I plan on making it again but next time I will add a lot more sauce and less diced tomatoes and ricotta. Hopefully that will make it less dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Today, I made the sauce and let it simmer while I made the tacos and ate them with my family. Later, after everyone went to bed, I made the sloppy joes and prepared and baked the lasagna. <br /> So, my sauce was not that soupy - I also used about half the ricotta, but I wish I used a little bit more. Came out great!<br /> I also used regular noodles (not the oven ready) and my noodles came out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
my husband loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a good/easy recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy to make and was enough for 2 meals. Cuts out the level of difficulty that you usually get with this dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ingredients were very easy to find, and the directions were easy to follow! My lasagna turned out great, and all my friends loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My whole family loved it and thanked me for making it. That's a hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the first time that I actually attempted to make lasagna. The family and I loved it! Very simple and scrumpcious! I can't wait to try the sloppy joes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is nasty,...its bland and there is too much ricotta cheese....I would never make this again... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have to agree with some of the other reviewers about the Ricotta. I like Ricotta, but it's a little too much and makes the lasagna a little dry. Maybe that?s just my preference. I also used the "no boil" noodles; they were excellent. Next time I'll use about half and brown some Italian Sausage to add to it. I did add some fresh parsley to the ricotta I thought gave it a little more flavor. I also used whole canned tomatoes; I like the texture of hand crushed tomatoes. I have to give credit to the basic sauce. I worked well for all the subsequent recipes. Spice those to your liking a go. This is the first time I have used Robin's plan and I thought it worked very well. Thanks a lot Robin! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The beef lasagna was so easy to prepare and tasted great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great with salad and red wine. Serves up to 8. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this but doubled it to serve my large family. The lasagna was good. It was a very mildly flavored lasagna so if your family likes more flavor add more seasonings, maybe some sausage or pepperoni or extra veggies too. Please see my review of the other recipes made from this sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is the 1st time i didn't pre-boil the pasta and it turned out as good as if I boiled it first. It really a great time saving! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't think the recipe calls for them specifically, but Ronzoni makes oven ready lasagna noodles which come out just as regular cooked noodles do. I haven't bothered cooking noodles since I discovered the oven ready. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I prepared this the day before a dinner party and it came out amazing. Everyone loved it and couldn't even detect that the meat was turkey instead of beef. I used "oven-ready" lasagna noodles and the dish practically melted in your mouth. I'll definitely be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an easy quick version of lasagna and my family liked it but it didn't come close to the Stouffer's that they are use to. Seemed like there was a little too much ricotta (and I reduced it by 1/2 cup) and would be better with sauce instead of so much diced tomatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the sauce, it alone was great. I have three meals out of that one batch. I truly love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We enjoy more tomato sauce in our lasagna so I will add more next time. Other than that, it is still a good recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My boys ages 9 and 6 request this lasagna often! It is great that you can get more than one meal out of the sauce and it freezes very well. I have shared this recipe with several co-workers and friends. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome lasagna, little difficult to make if you only want to make this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am in the process of the 3 day meal plan. The first night was a success. This lasagna was very easy to make and turned out great. I used "no boil" lasagna noodles for the first time and they cooked beautifully. The peas that go along with this recipe were also simple and tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Maybe I am wrong but Lasagna is not supposed to be crunchy. I followed these directions exactly and my lasagna turned out crunchy. In the future I would cook the lasagna noodles 1/2 way before layering them in the dish to be baked. The flavor was good except for the crunch. ML item not reviewed by moderator and published
best from scratch lasagna i've had item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this. I found that it was easy to prepare and had a great flavor. It is now a family favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great taste and fast and easy! Thanks alot!!! gary zito item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family voted this recipe as a keeper. They all loved it and fought over the leftovers! I wouldn't change a thing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and tasty lasagna recipe. Great for a first time lasagna maker! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My lasagna came out a little runny. Next time I might use crushed tomatoes. I DID like that this made enough sauce for two more meals, and it makes a huge amount of lasagna. I halved the recipe, used cottage cheese in place of ricotta. I think it might need to sit for longer than 5 minutes to set up better. Overall, pretty good, but not my favorite lasagna. item not reviewed by moderator and published
MY family &amp; I thought that there were way to many diced tomatoes in this. Next time I will use sause instead. My daughter thought that there was way to much ricotta &amp; asked, next time can we use more mozzaralla. We did eat the leftovers. We thought it was better the second time around. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did not like the gummy texture of the lasagna noodles. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is definitely lacking flavor. I gave this recipe four stars because it's not bad. Next time, I will definitely add more onions,garlic and spices for added taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The meat sauce is wonderful. I even add beans, chili powder and macroni and it make a chili mac item not reviewed by moderator and published
superb item not reviewed by moderator and published
I come from a family of Italians, and this was the best receipe I have ever made, quick and easy and taste outstanding!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this lasagna one night for a dinner party of 6 people and everyone RAVED about it being the best lasagna they had ever had! Plus, I froze the leftover meat sauce and a month later I made the other two meals she suggests! They were all fabulous! I love this new show concept!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I made up the ground meat mixture, I doubled the amt. of onion and garlic - it needed it, IMO. Lasagna was very good and easy. I made it up, covered and chilled overnight. item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS WAS AN EASY AND TIME SAVING MEAL, THAT WAS ALSO VERY GOOD. HAVE BEEN ASKED BY SEVERAL FOR A COPY. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The noodles were tough and chewy. I've always cooked them in the past, and now will continue to do that in the future. Cooking the noodles also cuts the oven time down to about 25 minutes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought it was ok, however, my family really enjoyed it. I accidentally put the whole thing of mozz. cheese in and had to top with a little bit of cheddar. It tastes just ok after being frozen. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted turkey and the lasagna was great.There is enough for three meals and the leftovers tasted even better.I loved the idea of three different types of meals from one prep. Tried them all and they were great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very quick and easy to follow recipe, great for dinner meal for the family! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this recipe becasue I didn't have to cook the noodles before hand..The recipe tasted great and my husband loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe I find is nothing more that a bland pasta dish. Her idea of not cooking the noodles is something that my family has done through generations and IMO the best way to make Lasagna. This "burger" sauce isn't really a sauce but something more like a soup to me. All the elements of flavor are there, I just think that next time I will stick with a tomato sauce and skip the burger soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very excited by the three-meal concept of the show this recipe came from. However, the lasgna is not very good at all. Everyone in my family agreed it has way too much ricotta and I even reduced it by a cup. All that ricotta made for a very grainy and unpleasant mouthfeel. It got 2 stars because it was edible - but the leftovers (which were considerable) went down the garbage disposal. What a waste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was such a wonderful recipe. I fixed it for a small dinner party for 6 people and they all just raved about how good it was. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've never made a lasagna until now, but this one isn't daunting at all. And you really do end up with plenty of meat filling for 2 other recipes, which is great for a busy schedule. I would add more tomato sauce &amp; seasonings (basil &amp; oregano.) More sauce would act as a glue for the cheese &amp; meat to stick to the noodles. As is, it's a bit dry for my taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just tried the recipe, substituting 2 of the diced cans of tomato with 1-28oz of puree, 1-6oz can Italiam herb paste, &amp; 1-26oz jar of meat flavored spaghetti sauce(my family doesn't like diced tomatoes). I drained the meat after it cooked &amp; mashed the diced tomotes. Simmer sauce for one hour. When done, I made the family-size lasagna, made a smaller one to feed two people, and still had plenty of sauce to portion out for other meals. Quite delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So simple, so easy, so good! I thought you had to get special lasagna noodles if you didn't want to cook them first. If you make the full recipe for the beef, you can make the chili, the sloppy joes, spaghetti or more of this terrific lasagna at a moments notice. Also loved the Adobo rice. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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