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Classic Lasagna Recipe with Ground Beef


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This Classic Lasagna Recipe with Ground Beef is such an easy way to make homemade lasagna.

Once the family tastes this traditional beef lasagna recipe, they’re going to be “patiently” waiting for seconds. Made with a ton of cheese and a cook time of only 30 minutes, you can bet that this classic lasagna recipe is going to be a family favorite dinner every time.

piece of lasagna being cut out of the pan

Classic Lasagna Recipe with Ground Beef

Did I mention that my kids literally beg me to make this lasagna recipe with beef? Full out beg. (and I”m not gonna lie – I want it too but I just want to hear them ask for it!)

This ground beef lasagna is easy to prep and even quicker to cook. I can promise you one bite of this simple lasagna recipe will have you hooked as well. Who knew that lasagna could be so easy?

Why We Love This Recipe

piece of lasagna on white round plate

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • ground beef
  • onion, chopped
  • garlic, minced
  • olive oil
  • San Marzano tomatoes
  • sugar
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper
  • mozzarella cheese, grated (can use more)
  • ricotta cheese
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • egg
  • lasagna pasta, you will only need about 15 noodles
ingredients needed to make lasagna

Substitutions and Additions

Ground Beef: If you want to cut down on the fat content, you can always use ground turkey instead.

Red Pepper Flakes: Adding red pepper flakes is a super simple way to add a bit of spicy heat!

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

How to Make Classic Lasagna

If you’ve ever been hesitant to make lasagna at home, this is the perfect recipe to try!

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2

Add olive oil to pan and sauté the meat.

Step 3

Drain the fat out of the meat and add in the garlic. Cook until you smell the garlic.

Step 4

Drain the tomatoes and add them to the ground beef. Add sugar and cook the mixture until it is bubbling.

ground beef and tomato in cast iron skillet

Step 5

Cook your noodles according to the direction on the noodle package.

Step 6

Mix the ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and 1 egg in a bowl until combined.

mixing together cheese and spices for lasagna

Step 7

Put a layer of sauce in a 9X13 pan. Add a layer of lasagna noodles on top, then add a layer of the sauce. Next put on a layer of the ricotta cheese mixture and then add on a lot of mozzarella cheese. Next another layer of noodles, then more meat sauce, then more ricotta cheese, and another layer of mozzarella. Finish up with one more layer of noodles, followed by a layer of sauce, and lastly more cheeses.

adding the layers into the glass pan

Step 8

Pop in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. The cheese should be melted and the sauce bubbling.

lasagna just pulled out of the oven

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Limit the layers: You can always cut down on some of the layers or you can change up the order of the layers, too. I would always suggest having the cheese layer on top though!

close up of a piece of lasagna on spatula

Tips

  • Don’t overcook the noodles. Pay close attention to the directions on the box to be certain.
  • Mix up the cheese by using mozzarella and a Colby jack blend for a bit of a different flavor.

FAQs

How to store leftover lasagna

If you’re lucky enough to have lasagna leftover, just put a lid on it and pop it into the fridge. It should keep for several days without issue.

How to reheat lasagna

There are a few ways to reheat lasagna. Low and slow in the oven is a great option but you can also reheat a portion in the microwave, too. (just be certain to cover as it will splatter in the microwave!)

Can you freeze lasagna?

Lasagna is the perfect freezer-friendly meal. The key is to freeze it BEFORE you bake it and I do this all the time. Then when you’re ready to eat, you just have to take it out and pop in the oven to bake.

cutting a piece of lasagna from the pan

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Classic Lasagna Recipe with Ground Beef

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Classic Lasagna Recipe with Ground Beef

This simple lasagna recipe is packed full of flavor!
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12
Calories 302 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 30 ounce can San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 24 ounces grated mozzarella cheese
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 16 ounce box lasagna pasta

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add olive oil to pan and sauté the meat.
  • Drain the fat out of the meat and add in the garlic. Cook until you smell the garlic.
  • Drain the tomatoes and add them to the ground beef. Add sugar and cook the mixture until it is bubbling.
  • Cook your noodles according to the direction on the noodle package.
  • Mix the ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and 1 egg in a bowl until combined.
  • Put a layer of sauce in a 9X13 pan. Add layer of lasagna noodles on top, then add a layer of the sauce. Next put on a layer of the ricotta cheese mixture and then add on a lot of mozzarella cheese. Next another layer of noodles, then more meat sauce, then more ricotta cheese, and another layer of mozzarella. Finish up with one more layer of noodles, followed by a layer of sauce, and lastly more cheeses.
  • Pop in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. The cheese should be melted and the sauce bubbling.

Nutrition

Calories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 20gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 346mgPotassium: 279mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 235IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 151mgIron: 2mg
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