Easy and Delicious Homemade Lasagna

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cooked lasagnaEasy Homemade Classic Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna is one of my favorite go to meals to make.  It’s got everything a personal could love: meat, cheese and pasta…and more cheese, a classic lasagna recipe for sure!  It can be expensive to find a good lasagna at a restaurant.  Making a homemade lasagna is less expensive. And now that they have noodles in sheets that you don’t have to boil, I’m all for it and it takes less time (and dishes).

Below is how we made an easy lasagna with ground beef and ready to bake lasagna sheets.  It made making this so much easier.  I followed the instructions and did not add any additional water.  I did use an entire jar of tomato sauce and it turned out perfectly.  We made homemade garlic bread using Italian bread with our our garlic butter and it was a great dinner for the family. You could also serve a delicious bruschetta snack before dinner.

If you have a family like mine that doesn’t like to eat leftovers, just freeze meal size portions an enjoy when you don’t want to cook.

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lasagna cheese

Ingredients:
oven ready lasagna noodles/sheets
one pound cooked, ground beef
1 jar tomato sauce (we used tomato basil flavored)
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
15 ounces ricotta cheese (small container)
1 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon tarragon
1 egg
1 – 8 ounce bag shredded Italian cheese

homemade garlic butter

layering steps

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a bowl, mix the container of ricotta cheese, egg, Italian seasoning, parsley, and tarragon.

Once mixed, add the cup of Parmesan cheese and mix again.

When you cook the ground beef, add the garlic and set aside.

In an 8×8 pan, add about 1 cup of tomato sauce and shake to even out.

Add a layer of the oven ready lasagna noodles/sheets.

Take about 1/3 of the cheese mix and and spread it on top of the lasagna noodles.

Repeat again and add all but 1 cup of the meat on top and spread out.

layering meat

Add another layer of noodles and add a layer of cheese mix.

Add another layer of noodles and cheese.

Put the last of the cheese mix on and spread out, then add the meat and spread out.

Add the remaining amount of tomato sauce on top and spread out.

Take the bag of Italian cheese and spread out on top evenly.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.

Remove from the oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.

side view of baked lasagna

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