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The Best Classic Lasagna

Classic Homemade Lasagna

The best homemade lasagna with all of the classic tastes: cheesy, full of pasta with a delicious homemade meat sauce! It's sure to please your family and friends!
Prep Time 1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting Time 15 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American


  • 9x13 baking dish
  • large sauce pan
  • large pot
  • noodle strainer
  • small bowl


  • 1 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 32 oz. crushed tomatoes, canned
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. italian seasoning or use 1 Tbsp. dried basil, 1 tsp. dried oregano, 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 6 oz. lasagna noodles (8 noodles)
  • 12 oz. cottage or ricotta cheese I prefer ricotta after eating cottage cheese my whole life. Ha!
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1/4 c. parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 c. mozzarella cheese, grated


  • Brown meat in with onion and garlic powder until cooked thoroughly, then drain.
  • Add canned tomatoes, italian seasoning, salt and pepper to the meat sauce and simmer until thickened (approximately 1 hour, but can be shortened if needed).
  • Fill a large pot with water and add a pinch of salt on high heat. Once boiling, add the lasagna noodles and cook according to package.
  • Drain noodles and rinse in cold water when they are finished cooking.
  • In a small bowl, combine ricotta or cottage cheese, parsley and parmesan chese. Stir until combined.
  • Once the tomato sauce is thickened, spread a little sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. It's OK if the sauce doesn't completely cover the bottom of the dish.
  • Layer half the noodles, half the cheese mixture, half the mozzarella cheese and half the meat mixture in the dish. Repeat layers.
  • Bake at 375ยบ for 30 minutes. Let stand for an additional 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Keyword ground beef dinner, main dish