A classic homemade lasagna recipe doesn’t get any easier! The pasta sheets get soaked while the meat sauce cooks with the cheese filling! A delicious dinner with minimal steps in making homemade lasagna, which may be the world’s easiest lasagna recipe yet! It’s a family favorite meal!

top view of lasagna casserole with cheese and meat sauce
easy lasagna recipe

There is nothing more complete than serving Homemade Italian breadsticks with a garlic topping or a side of a vinegarette salad to a homemade lasagna dinner! It is just a complete meal when you have the right sides to accompany the main dish!

Easy Lasagna

This will probably be the only way I make classic lasagna now. It’s seriously the EASIEST LASAGNA EVER! And tastes like a freezer Stouffer’s lasagna casserole or something from a Restaurant! It’s simple because you don’t cook the pasta noodles but just toss them in hot water while you prep the quick meat filling. Then comes assembling and you don’t even need to spread the ricotta cheese, it goes right into the meat sauce! So everything comes together very quickly and easily!

slice of classic lasagna on white plate garnished with parsley

Lasagna Layers

Since, lasagna is a layered dish, all the ingredients will bake into the noodles when cooking so, it will not matter how the cheese mixture looks before it goes into the oven. Besides, why take the extra steps when they’re really not necessary? This is the classic Meat Sauce Lasagna you’ve been missing out on if you haven’t tried it yet! It’s seriously so easy and we’re not the only ones who think so! Check out all the rave reviews from Pinterest on this Lasagna Recipe!

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How To Make Lasagna:

Easy Lasagna Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Alyona's Cooking
A classic homemade lasagna recipe doesn't get any easier! The pasta sheets get soaked while the meat sauce cooks with the cheese filling! A delicious dinner with minimal steps in making homemade lasagna, which may be the world's easiest lasagna recipe yet! It's a family favorite meal!  

Ingredients

Lasagna:

  • 8 oz lasagna noodles
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 32 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 1/4 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cups grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

How to Make Lasagna:

  • lasagna noodle sheets
    Soak 9 sheets of lasagna noodles in VERY hot water. 
  • meat sauce mixture in a pan
    Meanwhile, brown beef. Drain fat and add onion then sauté additional 2 minutes.
  • Add the sauce and ricotta cheese and heat thoroughly. 
  • layered lasagna sheets in 9x13 dish
    In a 13 by 9-inch pan, ladle enough sauce to thinly cover the bottom. Layer with 3 lasagna noodles, 2 cups of sauce, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. Repeat twice.
  • layered lasagna casserole in white baking dish
    Bake covered at 350° F for 45-55 minutes. 

Notes

NOTES: Since most jarred sauces come in 24 oz bottles you can substitute 1 (24 oz jar of sauce) plus 1 cup of water for 32 oz of spaghetti sauce.
  • Cottage cheese can be used in place of ricotta cheese.
  • TO FREEZE: Assemble the lasagna per recipe instructions into a disposable foil pan. DO NOT BAKE. Once meat sauce has cooled, cover with foil. Place into a grocery bag to protect from any frost and tie, then place into the freezer. When ready to bake, thaw completely and bake 45 minutes to 1 hour.  
  • Boiling water will soak the noodles faster than using hot tap water. The noodles are ready to be used when they are flexible to bend without snapping.  

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingCalories: 440kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 28gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 707mgPotassium: 573mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 692IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 283mgIron: 3mg

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Here are a few highlights to why I love this recipe so much!

  • No Boil Noodles

  • No oiling up noodles (because we’re not boiling)

  • Well structured lasagna

  • Not Mushy

  • Aldente

  • No eggs

  • No bowls

  • Freezer Friendly!

Tips:

  1. Don’t overcook your noodles! Maintain the structure and prevent mush by working with undercooked pasta and finishing off in the oven!
  2. Whip up a double batch and freeze half inside a disposable foiled pan for a future dinner!
  3. Mix and match the cheeses!
  4. Make-ahead and serve dinner on a whim later!

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10 comments

    • DeAnn

    How long do you soak the “no boil” noodles in hot water?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi DeAnne, It’s probably around 20 minutes. I do have a Japanese kettle that stays hot all the time so I just pour boiling water from it to soak my noodles. Hot tap water may need a refill of Hot water again to get it soft.

    • Loni

    Do you cover with foil?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Loni, yes covering lasagna is recommended for the cheese not to dry out.

    • Nush

    This recipe looks yummy…can we go ahead and actually cook the noodles instead of soaking them?
    Thanks…

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Nush, sure thing!

    • Shaunell

    Changed a couple of things but still came out great just added Romero cheese and used deer and pork ground meat. Added tomato paste to my sauce along with other spices. Also added basil pesto to the ricotta cheese

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Shaunell, glad it worked out great! Thanks for sharing!

    • Stephanie Truitt

    I made a couple of adjustments. It called for 32 ounce sauce. I used 24 ounce jar of sauce plus a 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes with basil. Also I used Italian sausage instead of beef and I used gluten free noodles. It was delicious!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Stephanie, good to know it was still delicious with the changes!

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