Lasagna Love: A List Of Delicious Ingredients

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Lasagna – a name synonymous with comfort food, family gatherings, and cheesy goodness. This layered masterpiece can seem intimidating, but fear not! This recipe breaks it down into simple steps, making it achievable for even beginner cooks.


Easy Homemade Lasagna Recipe - Spend With Pennies
Easy Homemade Lasagna Recipe – Spend With Pennies

1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef (or Italian sausage)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 box (9 lasagna noodles) (no pre-cooking required!)
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute.
    2. Brown the meat: Add ground beef (or sausage) to the pan and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Drain any excess grease.
    3. Simmer the sauce: Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    4. Assemble the lasagna: In a large baking dish, spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom. Top with 3 lasagna noodles, breaking them to fit if necessary. Dollop ricotta cheese evenly over the noodles, followed by a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers, ending with a layer of sauce and a generous sprinkle of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
    5. Bake it up! Cover the baking dish loosely with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
    6. Let it rest: Let the lasagna cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. This allows the layers to set and prevents it from falling apart when you cut it.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    This recipe yields approximately 8 servings. Please note that nutrition information can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Calories: 500-600 (depending on fat content of meat and cheeses)

  • Fat: 25-30g
  • Saturated Fat: 10-15g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 800mg (be mindful of sodium content in pre-made sauces)
  • Carbohydrates: 50-60g
  • Protein: 30-40g

  • Conclusion

    Lasagna is a crowd-pleasing dish that’s perfect for weeknight dinners, potlucks, or feeding a hungry family. With this easy-to-follow recipe and a little love, you can create a delicious and satisfying lasagna that everyone will enjoy.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use pre-cooked lasagna noodles? Absolutely! While the no-pre-cook method ensures the noodles soften perfectly within the sauce, pre-cooked noodles work just fine. Reduce the baking time by 10-15 minutes if using pre-cooked noodles.
    2. Can I substitute the ricotta cheese? Yes, you can! Cottage cheese or a mixture of ricotta and cottage cheese is a lighter alternative.
    3. What can I add to make it vegetarian? Simply omit the meat and add extra vegetables like chopped spinach or mushrooms to the sauce.
    4. How can I make it ahead of time? You can assemble the lasagna completely and refrigerate it overnight. Cover it tightly with foil and bake directly from the refrigerator, adding an extra 10-15 minutes to the baking time.
    5. What can I serve with lasagna? A simple side salad, garlic bread, or roasted vegetables are all excellent complements to lasagna.