Hearty Beef Lasagna Recipe

Whether you need a hot dish to take to the potluck, or you’re looking for something to keep in the freezer for a quick and easy weeknight meal, lasagna is the perfect recipe. Warm and melted cheeses plus rich tomato sauce, hearty beef and no-cook lasagna noodles make this not only delicious but easy to make. A great homemade recipe for beginners just learning how to make lasagna or more experienced cooks.
Makes: About 15 servings.
Skill Level: Beginner

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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray lasagna pan with vegetable pan spray.

Step 2

In large skillet, cook onion in olive oil until translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add ground beef, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; break up into bite size pieces in the pan. Cook until liquid evaporates from pan. Set aside.

Step 3

In medium bowl, combine ricotta, 3 cups mozzarella cheese, eggs and 1/4 cup Parmesan; stir until smooth. In second medium bowl, combine tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Step 4

To assemble lasagna, spread a thin layer of sauce over bottom of prepared dish; layer 6 strips lasagna noodles over sauce. Spread on 1/4 cheese mixture, 1/4 sauce, and 1/3 ground beef. Repeat layering process three times. Top lasagna with remaining sauce; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan. Cover with foil.

Step 5

Bake 40-45 minutes or until heated through. Remove foil and cook an additional 5 minutes. Let stand 10-15 minutes before cutting.

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no-cook lasagna noodles

2 packages (8 ounces each) no-cook lasagna noodles

olive oil

2 teaspoons olive oil

chopped onion

3/4 cup chopped onion


3 cloves garlic

ground beef

1-1/2 pounds ground beef


1 teaspoon salt, (divided)

black pepper,

1 teaspoon black pepper, (divided)

ricotta cheese

1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese

shredded mozzarella cheese

4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese ((about 1 lbs.), divided)


2 Eggs (beaten)

Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (, grated and divided)

tomato sauce

3 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce

diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning

2 cans (15 ounces each) diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning (, drained)

dried basil

1-1/2 teaspoon dried basil

dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried oregano

garlic powder

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder



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