Think making lasagna has to be difficult? Not with this super simple recipe. You don’t even need to purchase oven-ready lasagna noodles. This dish also makes a great freezer meal if you are doing a lot of cooking for the month. Ready for one of the easiest, most delicious pasta recipes ever? Here’s how to make easy lasagna!
Where This Awesome Easy Lasagna Recipe Originated
When I graduated from college and moved into an apartment, my mom did a very sweet thing. She put together a cookbook filled with easy favorite family recipes. It was such a blessing! I had no clue about cooking, and the recipes she chose to include were perfect for a beginning cook. One of the recipes was this easy lasagna. However, the original recipe was made in a 7 by 11-inch pan. Fast forward a number of years to when I became a mom to boys. These boys (and their dad) all loved to eat lasagna. One 7 by 11-inch pan of lasagna was not going to last very long around our house. I adapted the recipe to suit a larger, 9 by 13-inch pan, and that is the recipe I’m sharing with you today.
1/2 to 1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup water
1 32-ounce jar marinara sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 package lasagna noodles
1 16-ounce small curd cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
16 ounces mozzarella cheese (more if you slice cheese thickly)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Brown ground beef in a large skillet. If you wish, you may add chopped onions, celery or green pepper to make a ground meat mix, as I wrote about in my kitchen shortcuts post. Drain the ground beef, then add water, sauce, and salt. Mix together and bring to a boil.
While the sauce is coming to a boil, slice the mozzarella cheese. I like to place eight slices on each cheese layer. I usually like to have two layers, so you will need to slice 16 slices. When the cheese is sliced and the sauce has come to a boil, begin your layers.
Layer hot sauce, lasagna noodles, and cheese. Repeat layers and top with sauce.
To bake, cover lasagna pan tightly with foil. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour. Let the lasagna stand for ten minutes before cutting. Remove the foil and garnish with Parmesan cheese. The recipe serves eight.
As I noted previously, this easy lasagna may be made ahead of time and frozen. To do that, just follow all of the directions for assembling the dish and omit baking. On the day you want to bake it, remove the pan from the freezer and allow the lasagna to thaw in the refrigerator for a few hours. You will need to add 10-15 minutes on to the baking time. This is a great dish to make when you need to take a meal to someone. Just send along a loaf of crusty French or Italian bread and perhaps some green beans.
Perfect for Large Gatherings
This recipe lends itself well to feeding a crowd. Just double, triple, or quadruple the recipe and put all of the pans in the oven to bake at the same time. If you don’t have two ovens (I do not) you may want to switch the pans on the top rack with the pans on the bottom rack about halfway through the baking cycle so the pans bake evenly.
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Perhaps this easy lasagna recipe will earn a special place at your family dinners. We have many fond memories of gathering around a pan of this steamy, warm, savory goodness. It truly is comfort food at its best. I hope you have a fabulous week and have fun making easy lasagna!