Friday, February 24, 2023

Easy Lasagna Recipe

lasagna just out of the oven
This is the easiest lasagna recipe I have ever tried that yields a delicious lasagna that everyone loves. I am happy to review and share it with you today.

We have several family members who do not like pieces or chunks of tomato in any recipe. We also have family members who do not like cottage cheese and won't get within 10 feet of anything that is made with cottage cheese. Therefore traditional lasagna recipes are not something my family will eat.

Decades ago, I started trying to develop a lasagna recipe for my family and their preferences.  After a few trials, I finally came up with a recipe that works for us.  The ingredients are basic enough that anyone, including children, will enjoy eating this lasagna. I have served it to dozens (or more) of people over the years with nothing but praise.

Hope your family and friends love it too! 

My Easy Lasagna Recipe

  • 1 Jar of Paul Newman Marinara Sauce 
  • 1 1/2 lbs. Ground Chuck 
  • 1 Ricotta Cheese (15 oz) 
  • 1 Box Lasagna Noodles (8 - 10 noodles will be used)
  • 4 Cups Mozzarella Cheese - shredded 

Lasagna Recipe

  1. Brown ground chuck & drain grease off of the meat. Season meat to taste.  I use salt, pepper & chili powder
  2. Add Marinara sauce, cover with lid and simmer about 10 minutes 
  3. Cook lasagna noodles as instructed on the box & drain 
  4. In a 9 x 13 baking dish, spread just enough sauce to cover bottom of pan (this prevents sticking) 
  5. Put in a layer of noodles 
  6. Cover noodles with approximately 1/2 of the sauce 
  7. With a spoon, drop spoonfuls of Ricotta Cheese onto the sauce and spread carefully
  8. Sprinkle top evenly with 2 cups of Mozzarella Cheese 
  9. Repeat noodles, the rest of sauce, more Ricotta cheese and top with remaining mozzarella cheese. 
  10. Bake in the over on 325 for 30 min.


Note: For those of you who love tomato slices, feel free to add a layer of tomato slices. If you prefer cottage cheese, simply use it instead of the ricotta cheese.


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Easy Lasagna Recipe Written by:
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© 2023 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

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  1. What a nifty recipe for lasagna for us who are not fans of cottage cheese. It looks delicious and I will have to give it a try. BTW, that video about the proper way to brown ground beef was really interesting.

    1. I found the video interesting too, Elf! I have obviously been browning meat the "wrong" way for decades. I never wanted it to stick to a pan or look burned :) Will I change, I doubt it. Old dogs, new tricks - not likely.

  2. Perfect recipe and meal for the family. A traditional lasagna for our family is minus the ground meat. We use just the ricotta and mozzarella cheese with plenty of sauce. I 100% agree with the video on how to brown ground beef. Those bits and pieces from the bottom of the pan add so much flavor to the meat. Thanks Cynthia for a perfect family meal.

  3. What an easy, delicious recipe that’s quick to throw together on weeknights! I’m have always used ricotta rather than cottage cheese in my lasagna, too. The video on how to brown ground beef to cause the Maillard reaction (caramelizing the natural sugar in the protein to get those delicious browned bits) was spot on. i agree with the video and with Sam — those browned bits add a ton of flavor! Thanis so much for sharing your yummy recipe.

  4. Thank you for sharing your family recipe for this lovely lasagna, it sounds delicious! We are eating a lot less meat these days and I think you could easily make this a vegetarian option as well. I do love tomatoes so would include those. Now I want to make lasagna!! :)

  5. Sounds very easy as you said, and looks delicious; Always love to get a new recipe idea for lasagna especially when they're easy!

  6. This sounds like a great recipe. It is going on my list of things to try. Thanks.


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