Beef and Cheese Lasagna

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

4 servings (plus enough meat sauce for 2 more meals)

  • 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
Lasagna Filling*:


*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

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