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Over 10 best lasagna recipes including comforting meat lasagna, white chicken lasagna, vegetarian lasagna, lazy day lasagna (pasta bakes), and lasagna soup. | aheadofthyme.com

10 Best Lasagna Recipes


  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 9-12 servings

Description

Over 10 best lasagna recipes including comforting meat lasagna, white chicken lasagna, vegetarian lasagna, lazy day lasagna (pasta bakes), and lasagna soup. One of my favorite lasagna recipes is this classic meat lasagna.


Ingredients

For the lasagna noodles:

  • 9 dry lasagna noodles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the meat sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup onionfinely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlicminced
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsleyfinely chopped 

For the cheese mixture:

  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 + 1/2 cups mozzarella cheeseshredded and divided
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheesegrated and divided
  • 1 eggbeaten
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Cook the lasagna noodles: Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium high heat. Add lasagna noodles, olive oil and salt and cook until al dente (fully cooked but still firm), or according to package directions, about 10 minutes. Rinse the noodles under cold water to stop the cooking process and set aside in the pot.
  3. Prepare the meat sauce: Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven for 2 minutes over medium-high heat until the oil is sizzling hot. Add ground beef and cook for 5-7 minutes until browned. Add onion and garlic. Stir well to combine and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes until tender. Pour tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt and parsley. Stir well to mix and bring the meat sauce to a simmer. Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes uncovered. Set aside.
  4. Prepare the cheese mixture: In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, 1/4 cup Parmesan, beaten egg, and parsley. Stir well to combine together.
  5. Assemble the lasagna:
    1. Sauce: Evenly spread 1 cup of the meat sauce in a 9x13 baking pan.
    2. Noodles: Place 3 lasagna noodles evenly apart over the meat sauce.
    3. Cheese: Spread 1/2 of the cheese mixture evenly over the noodles.
    4. Sauce: Spread 1/2 the remaining meat sauce on top.
    5. Noodles: Top with another layer of 3 lasagna noodles.
    6. Cheese: Spread remaining half of cheese mixture.
    7. Noodles: Top with last 3 pieces of lasagna noodles.
    8. Sauce: Add remaining meat sauce on top.
    9. Shredded cheese: Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake the lasagna: Lightly grease a large piece of aluminum foil and cover the pan with the greased side inside. Greasing the foil prevents the melted cheese from sticking to the foil while baking. Bake the lasagna covered for 45 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake uncovered for another 20 minutes or until the melted cheese turns golden brown and bubbly. Optionally, turn on broiler on high and broil for 3-4 minutes to get a crispy and brown cheesy crust. But keep a close eye on the broiler as things can burn quickly.
  7. Cool down: Let the lasagna cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

How to store lasagna before baking: Store assembled uncooked lasagna in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, covered with aluminum foil.

How to store and reheat lasagna after baking: Store in the pan, sealed with aluminum foil, or transfer to an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, cover with aluminum foil and place in the oven at 350 F for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through. You can also reheat a single roll up in the air fryer uncovered at 350 F for 10 minutes, or in the microwave for a few minutes.

How to freeze lasagna before or after baking: Store lasagna (either uncooked or cooked) in the freezer for up to 3 months, covered in foil. I would recommend using a disposable aluminum pan for assembling the lasagna in if you are planning to freeze it. To cook frozen uncooked lasagna roll ups, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then bake according to recipe instructions.

How to reheat frozen lasagna:

  • To reheat frozen uncooked lasagna, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then bake according to recipe instructions.
  • To reheat frozen cooked lasagna, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator or kitchen counter. Then, reheat in the same way that you would with lasagna stored in the refrigerator.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

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