The Very Best Lasagna Recipe

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You’ve got to try this Lasagna Recipe, layered with a flavorful tomato sauce, sweet Italian sausage, ground beef, tender pasta, and a melt-in-your-mouth cheese blend. Lasagna takes some time, but the end result is well worth it!

Steaming slice of Lasagna layered with cheese and sauce on a plate, ready to eat.

Our Favorite Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna tops my list when it comes to comfort food. It screams cozy, hearty food!

Surprisingly, in my decade of recipe sharing, I’ve never shared a traditional lasagna recipe until now. Through years of tweaking, I’ve finally landed on my version of the perfect Lasagna: it’s manageable to prepare yet brimming with rich flavors, varied textures, and loads of cheesy goodness. This is my favorite Lasagna Recipe ever!

What To Expect From This Lasagna Recipe

Admittedly, this Lasagna Recipe requires some time and effort, which is fairly typical for a homemade lasagna. But once you’ve had a slice of this, you might not be able to enjoy lasagna any other way! 

Browning meat and sautéing vegetables for Lasagna preparation.

My Secrets To The Best Lasagna Recipe

  1. Prep the meat sauce in advance: Whenever I whip up Lasagna, I always prepare the meat sauce a day prior. This not only makes the assembly process so much easier the next day, but also enriches the sauce – it becomes thicker, more tender, and the flavors intensify beautifully. It’s no old wive’s tale that reheating some foods enhances their flavor–and this is one of those foods!
  2. Blend of meats: Combining both sausage and beef in Lasagna ensures a balanced, savory meat layer.
  3. Kick it off with mirepoix: Mirepoix, the trio of onion, carrot, and celery, adds an incredible depth of flavor. Sautéing it in olive oil and the residual meat drippings provides the tomato sauce with a rich foundation.
  4. Embrace tomato paste: Don’t let the hefty dose of tomato paste deter you; it guarantees a rich sauce with a hearty tomato flavor.

Tomato sauce and seasoning simmering in a pot, followed by the addition of meat sauce.

How to Make Our Lasagna Recipe

  • Pasta: Make sure to cook the pasta al dente to avoid sogginess. Remember, the pasta will cook more as the Lasagna bakes.
  • Cheese quality: Grating your own mozzarella and Parmesan (from a block) ensures better melting in this Lasagna Recipe. Pre-shredded varieties often contain anti-caking agents that cause clumps.
  • Rest before serving: Letting the Lasagna rest for about 10 minutes after baking helps it set, making slicing easier and allowing flavors to meld further.

QUICK TIP

What does al dente mean? “Al dente” is an Italian term meaning “to the tooth,” used to describe pasta cooked firm, not soft, with a slight bite.

Easy Lasagna recipe step: Cooking and draining noodles, then preparing cheese sauce.

Lasagna Recipe Ingredients

  • Meat: This Lasagna Recipe is filled with both sweet Italian sausage and ground beef. This ensures a balanced, savory meat layer.
  • Garlic: Amplifying the dish’s depth, garlic infuses a burst of aromatic flavor.
  • Tomato products: The recipe harnesses the rich profiles of crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and a concentrated hit from tomato paste.
  • Spices and seasonings: Elevate your lasagna with a medley of our favorite handpicked spices and seasonings.
  • Lasagna: The pasta forms the essential layers! 
  • Cheeses: A trio of Parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta bestows a creamy, decadent richness.
  • Egg: Integral to structure, the egg ensures the cheese layer remains cohesive, avoiding any messy spills.

Demonstrating how to make Lasagna by layering ingredients in a 9x13 dish.

How Long to Cook Lasagna

  1. Bake covered with foil for 25 minutes.
  2. Uncover and bake an additional 25 minutes for a golden top.
  3. Rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Ensure the center reaches 165°F (74°C). Total bake time for this Lasagna Recipe is roughly 50 minutes, but can vary.

Completed Lasagna in a 9x13 dish, ready to be enjoyed.

STORAGE

How To Store Leftover Lasagna

  • Cool the Lasagna to room temperature, then refrigerate within two hours.
  • Wrap tightly; lasts 3-5 days in the fridge.

Can You Freeze Lasagna?

Yes, this Lasagna Recipe freezes beautifully! Here’s how:

  • Cool completely, slice for convenience.
  • Wrap tightly in plastic and foil, label with a date.
  • For best quality, serve within 3 months.

How to Reheat Lasagna

  • Let the frozen Lasagna thaw overnight in the fridge.  If you’re short on time and can’t thaw it, you can directly reheat the frozen lasagna, just allow for some extra baking time.
  • Oven: Preheat to 375°F (190°C). Thawed Lasagna takes 30-40 minutes; frozen takes 50-60 minutes.
  • Microwave: Heat individual portions on medium for 2-3 minutes, checking and adjusting as needed.

Lasagna in a 9x13 with one piece sliced and ready to be removed

What To Serve With Lasagna

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Lasagna Recipe

5 from 2 votes
You've got to try this Lasagna Recipe, layered with a flavorful tomato sauce, sweet Italian sausage, ground beef, tender pasta, and a melt-in-your-mouth cheese blend
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Lasagna Recipe

5 from 2 votes
You've got to try this Lasagna Recipe, layered with a flavorful tomato sauce, sweet Italian sausage, ground beef, tender pasta, and a melt-in-your-mouth cheese blend
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword lasagna, lasagna recipe
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 50 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 12 servings
Chelsea Lords
Calories 410kcal
Cost $24.98

Equipment

  • 9x13-inch pan plus cooking spray

Ingredients

Meat Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 1 lb each: ground beef & Italian sausage (Note 1)
  • Fine sea salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 cups finely chopped mirepoix (onion, celery, carrot -- Note 2)
  • 12 oz tomato paste (2, 6 oz cans)
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon each: Italian seasoning, dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: dried thyme, dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons each: beef bouillon powder, Worcestershire sauce (Note 3)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Optional: 1-2 tsp white sugar (if needed)

Cheese

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley, optional
  • 15-16 oz. ricotta cheese (full-fat)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (Note 4)

Lasagna:

  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 3 cups (12 oz) freshly grated mozzarella cheese, separated
  • Optional: 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • COOK MEAT: In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat 1.5 tbsp of oil over high heat. Add beef and sausage in a single layer. Allow to sear, then break it up as it browns. Season (I add 1/2 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper) while browning. Remove browned meat with a slotted spoon and set aside.
    We do not drain off the grease in this recipe, but you can if you'd like leaving 1-2 tbsp for sautéing the veggies.
    Browning meat and sautéing vegetables for lasagna preparation.
  • VEGGIES: In the same pot, heat the remaining 1.5 tbsp of oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic, onion, carrot, & celery. Season (I add 1/2 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper). Sauté for 8-10 minutes until onion is translucent. Add garlic and sauté for an additional 1 minute.
  • MEAT SAUCE: To the pot, add the remaining "meat sauce" ingredients along with 1/2 cup water. Stir to combine. Return the browned meat to the pot. Increase the heat to bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce to the lowest setting. Cover and let it simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Ensure the lid is replaced promptly after stirring. (See Note 5 for make-ahead option).
    Tomato sauce and seasoning simmering in a pot, followed by the addition of meat sauce.
  • PREP OVEN: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and generously grease a 9x13-inch ceramic or glass baking dish.
  • CHEESE & PASTA: In a separate bowl, mix together the ingredients listed under "Cheese Mixture". Season to taste (I add 1/2 tsp salt) and mix well. Boil the pasta according to package directions. Drain noodles and lay out on parchment paper.
    Easy lasagna recipe step: Cooking and draining noodles, then preparing cheese sauce.
  • ASSEMBLE: Spread 1 cup of the meat sauce in prepared dish. Top with 3 lasagna noodles. Spread with 1/3 of the cheese mixture. Sprinkle 1 cup mozzarella cheese on top and one more cup of meat sauce. Repeat these layers twice more. Finish with 3 noodles topped with any remaining sauce and the optional 1/4 cup Parmesan.
    Demonstrating how to make lasagna by layering ingredients in a 9x13 dish.
  • BAKING: Cover the lasagna with aluminum foil. To prevent the cheese from sticking, spray the inner side of the foil with cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 25 minutes. Allow the lasagna to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: Meats: We use 93/7 lean ground beef and a good sweet Italian sausage -- delicious combo! If you'd like some heat use spicy Italian sausage.
Note 2: Mirepoix: Use a food processor to quickly chop equal amounts of onion, carrot, and celery or you can buy this mix labeled "mirepoix" (already prepped onion, celery, carrots) at a lot of stores in the produce section or frozen vegetable section of the store.
Note 3: Beef Bouillon Powder & Worcestershire Sauce: These are the "secret" ingredients to unlocking loads of flavor. 
Note 4: Parmesan: Don't use Parmesan from the can, it doesn't melt well and will be too salty. Use fresh finely grated Parmesan instead!
Note 5: Make Ahead: I like making this meat sauce the night before then refrigerating and reheating on the stovetop the next day--wonderful flavor and breaks up work!

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 36.1g | Fat: 12.4g | Cholesterol: 82.3mg | Sodium: 540.4mg | Fiber: 6.8g | Sugar: 10.1g

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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Lasagna is a labor of love but this recipe is well worth the time spent. I am pregnant and was looking for some meals to freeze for after the baby comes, but this smelled so good while cooking that I decided to serve it for dinner and just freeze the leftovers! Perfect with a side of garlic bread.

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