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Classic Lasagna Recipe

Layers of noodles, sauce, a ricotta mixture and lots of cheese - the perfect lasagna!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Total 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 583 kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

For the Ricotta Mixture:

  • cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Lasagna:

  • 6 cups your favorite meat sauce
  • 12 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 20 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded (5 cups)
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta, Parmesan, basil, eggs, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined.
  3. Spread ½ cup of the sauce over the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Top with 3 of the lasagna noodles, then dollop one-third of the ricotta mixture over the noodles. Sprinkle 1¼ cups of the mozzarella cheese over the ricotta, then spread 1½ cups of the sauce over the cheese. Repeat the layers of noodles, ricotta, mozzarella and sauce two more times. Place the last three noodles on top of the sauce and spread the remaining sauce on top, ensuring that the entire surface of the noodles is covered in sauce. Top with the remaining 1¼ cups mozzarella cheese and the ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.
  4. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil, then return the lasagna to the oven and bake until the cheese on top is browning and the lasagna is bubbling, about 25 additional minutes. Allow the lasagna to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Note: The assembled lasagna can be covered with plastic wrap and foil and frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw the lasagna for one day in the refrigerator, then allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour before baking. Remove the plastic wrap, replace the foil and increase the baking time to 30 minutes covered, then 25 to 30 minutes uncovered.

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Classic Lasagna Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 583 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 134mg45%
Sodium 1793mg78%
Potassium 838mg24%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 1735IU35%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 695mg70%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.