This homemade classic lasagna recipe is absolutely delicious and one that will be requested over and over. A delicious comfort food that satisfies those pasta cravings, those cheese cravings and it’s an easy lasagna recipe to prepare. And, the leftovers are to die for! This meat lasagna recipe is even better the second day. Loaded with gobs of cheese, from the mozzarella cheese, to the cottage cheese (can substitute Ricotta cheese for a more traditional lasagna recipe), to the Parmesan cheese, this is one extra cheesy lasagna recipe everyone will love. You can also add more mozzarella cheese if you’d like it even more cheesy. Like I’ve said many times, you can never have enough cheese.
Easy Meat Lasagna Recipe
Do you have a family favorite meal that you have been making for ages and ages? Well, this Classic Lasagna recipe is one that I have been making since my son was little. As a young mom, I can remember heading to the grocery store and usually buying the stuff to make this and another family favorite, Farfalle with Sausage. At least once a month I made this simple lasagna recipe. Being a stay at home mom, I loved to cook and did a lot of it, always making different meals and this easy meat lasagna recipe was one of our favorites that is still being requested often.
Simple Lasagna Recipe
The last time I made this classic lasagna was probably about a month ago. My daughter, Halie, did not even know I made this homemade lasagna recipe with cottage cheese. While she was helping me, she was surprised when I asked her to get the cottage cheese out of the fridge. Halie had no clue that I have used this all these years. That’s funny to me because she doesn’t even like cottage cheese, but she loves this classic lasagna! Classic lasagna recipe with ricotta cheese is just as delicious. Substituting ricotta cheese for cottage cheese is a more authentic Italian lasagna recipe.
Favorite Go-To Lasagna Recipe
Totally a delicious comfort food that the whole family will enjoy and a favorite go-to lasagna recipe that will be gobbled up in no time. Everyone loves this classic lasagna and we hope that it will become a family favorite lasagna in your house too. And to make things even easier, the oven ready lasagna noodles are perfect to use as well and makes preparing this meal even quicker. So if you are craving good Italian food, and a delicious Italian lasagna recipe, try this classic lasagna. I promise, you will absolutely love this homemade lasagna recipe.
How To Make Classic Lasagna
Start out by cooking onions and garlic for a few minutes then adding ground beef. Brown, drain fat, then return to pan. Next, add tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, seasonings and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low flame for 20-25 minutes. While the meat mixture is cooking, cook pasta according to package directions for al dente, rinse and set aside. Spray a large baking dish with a non stick spray then spread a small amount of meat sauce to the bottom of the dish.
How To Layer Classic Lasagna
After adding a layer of meat sauce to the bottom of the baking dish, add a layer of lasagna noodles. Spread cottage cheese or ricotta cheese on top of pasta, add a layer of meat sauce and then sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Next add mozzarella cheese and then repeat layering process ending with the meat mixture then topped with mozzarella cheese.
How To Bake Classic Lasagna
Spray a piece of foil with a non stick spray then cover lasagna. Spraying the foil will help keep the cheese from sticking. Bake in a 350° oven for approximately 50-60 minutes. Remove foil and cook for an additional 10 minutes. That’s it! Easy and so delicious.
Classic Lasagna – Today It Today
Here are just a few more delicious casserole recipes you can find on the blog: Italian Sausage Penne Casserole, Spicy Tater Tot Casserole, Broccoli Cheddar Tater Tot Casserole and how about this delicious Farfalle with Sausage, plus many more.
The Best Meat Lasagna Recipe
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
- 1 15 oz can water, use the tomato sauce can
- 1 12 oz can tomato paste
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 24 oz mozzarella cheese, grated (can use more)
- 16 oz cottage cheese, or ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 16 oz box lasagna pasta, you will only need about 15 noodles
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large pan, add olive oil, chopped onions and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes.
Add ground beef and cook until completely browned, drain fat. Return to pan.
Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, oregano, basil, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for approximately 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente, rinse and set aside.
Lightly spray a 14 x 11 1/2 x 2 1/4 baking dish (or two smaller size baking dishes) with a non stick spray then add a small amount of meat mixture in the bottom of dish. Spread around.
Add lasagna noodles (approximately 5, they will overlap onto each other).
Next, spread 1/2 of the cottage cheese on top of pasta.
Spoon 1/3 meat mixture on top of cottage cheese.
Sprinkle with 1/2 the Parmesan cheese.
Next add 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese.
Repeat with another layer of pasta, cottage cheese, meat mixture, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese.
Final layer is pasta, remaining meat mixture and remaining cheese.
Cover with foil, cook for approximately 50-60 minutes. Remove foil and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
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