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?
    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....
    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.
    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.
    I made this recipe for the first time.MY children loved it
    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.
    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.
    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.
    I made this dish and loved it. It's a keeper
    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
    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.
    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.
    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!!!!!
    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!
    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!
    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!!
    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!
    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 @ & please put lasagna in the subject line so I'll know it isn't a spam. *** Thanks!
    This is a great lasagna. made it for some people I am a chef fore and they raved about it

    chef mike
    I used my own preferred sauce and turned out delicious..Even better the next day!!
    this recipes was easy to prepare and my family of 3 love it
    not enough flaver,it needs something robin
    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.
    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.

    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!

    I also used regular noodles (not the oven ready) and my noodles came out great!
    my husband loved it.
    This is a good/easy recipe!
    This was easy to make and was enough for 2 meals. Cuts out the level of difficulty that you usually get with this dish.
    Ingredients were very easy to find, and the directions were easy to follow! My lasagna turned out great, and all my friends loved it!
    My whole family loved it and thanked me for making it. That's a hit!
    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.
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