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Easy Beef Lasagna

This Easy Beef Lasagna is the easiest lasagna ever! There's no need to boil noodles or slave away for hours over the stove for this recipe. It's the perfect meal for a busy weeknight dinner.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: beef lasagna, how to make lasagna, lasagna recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 333kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  • In a sauce pan or skillet, cook the ground meat until no longer pink. Add chopped onion, 1 tbsp of the oregano, salt, pepper and continue cooking until onion is cooked through and translucent.
  • Add the marinara sauce to the skillet and the cup of water. Stir and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a small bowl combine the ricotta cheese, 1 tbsp oregano, eggs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • In a baking dish that's about 9x13 inches, start assembling your lasagna. I usually start with a couple ladles of the sauce at the bottom, this is especially necessary now that the noodles aren't cooked. Lay 3 lasagna noodles over the meat sauce. Next layer with ricotta mixture and about 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Add another 3 lasagna noodles, meat mixture, ricotta mixture, mozzarella. Repeat until you have 4 layers of noodles, and end with ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for about an hour. It will take the entire hour for the noodles to cook. You may try with a fork to ensure noodles are cooked.

Notes

  1. Be sure this dish is properly cooled before being stored so that it will freeze and store evenly. It will stay fresh for 3 - 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Frozen lasagna will last for 2 - 3 months, just be sure to allow to thaw fully in the fridge before re heating.
  2. Believe it or not, it's not required to boil the noodles first, even though many recipes call for it. There is plenty of sauce in the recipe to cook the noodles while the lasagna is baking. Plus this way you end up with a firmer lasagna and no mushy noodles, but perfectly al dente.
  3. Don't be afraid to mix your ground meat for the sauce. This time I used ground beef, but if you're feeling adventures, combine beef with pork or chicken and turkey.
  4. Be sure to use lots of sauce to cook those noodles fully!
  5. Use cottage cheese for even more creaminess.
  6. Crumbled sausage is a nice addition to the ground beef if you want an even meatier sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 646mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 2.5mg