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A dish of freshly baked lasagna, cut into slices with a spoon

Classic Lasagna

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 75 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 8 people 1x


A classic and delicious recipe for lasagna!  Made with layers of rich tomato sauce and ground beef, noodles, ricotta cheese and loads of shredded mozzarella and parmesan. So good.



Ground Beef:

  • 1 1/22 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper

Tomato Sauce:

  • 114 oz can tomato sauce (plain, no spices)
  • 119 oz can diced tomatoes (plain, no spices)
  • 15.5 oz can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine (or beef broth)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • salt & pepper

The Lasagna:

  • 6 lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups grated cheese (mozzarella, or a 4 cheese blend is super yummy!)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese


Making the meat sauce:

  1. Brown the ground beef with onions and garlic (season with salt and pepper as it browns). Drain.
  2. Add the tomatoes (and the juices), tomato sauce, tomato paste, wine, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, oregano, basil and salt and pepper.
  3. Simmer for about 1 hour, covered.


  1. While the sauce is simmering boil the noodles according to package directions.  I like to boil mine until they are al dente.  They will soften up more as they bake in the tomato sauce.

Putting together the lasagna:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Layer the ingredients as follows:  1/2 of the meat sauce, 1/2 of the noodles, all of the ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cup grated cheese, the remaining noodles, the remaining meat sauce, the remaining grated cheese, then sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until the cheese is golden brown and bubbling.
  5. Let sit for 10 minutes, then serve!
  • Category: Pasta

Keywords: lasagna