Homemade Meat Lasagna

Meaty, saucy, cheesy Homemade Meat Lasagna has to be at the top of all good Italian dishes. This recipe is the ultimate comfort food and so easy to make! Store-bought quality ingredients help get this prepped in less than 20 minutes then sit back & relax while it bakes. A home cooked dinner better than any restaurant.

Homemade Meat Lasagna | 2 Cookin Mamas Meaty, saucy, cheesy Homemade Meat Lasagna has to be at the top of all good Italian dishes. This recipe is the ultimate comfort food and so easy to make! Store bought quality ingredients help get this prepped in less than 20 minutes then sit back & relax while it bakes. A home cooked dinner better than any restaurant. #lasagna #groundbeef #dinner #italianfood #recipe #comfortfood #homemade #easy #mozzarella #ricotta

I think I must be part Italian! I love making (and eating) Italian dishes like Mozzarella Meatball Casserole and Garlic Chicken with Orzo Skillet but my all-time favorite has got to be this easy and delicious homemade meat lasagna. I debated a long time about posting such an easy recipe but after serving it to guests, who ask for the recipe every time, and to my husband, who raves about it, I decided to go ahead and share it.

Homemade Meat Lasagna baked

It’s a super simple recipe to make. It starts with a jarred marinara sauce by Rao’s Homemade that I fell in love with after doing an Instagram post for them. It tastes just like the sauce that mama used to make with no GMO or artificial ingredients and marinated for hours just like she would have done. Just so you know, I’m not being paid to say this, I just love their sauce and commitment to excellence.

Homemade Meat Lasagna dinner 1

Next up is a package of shredded mozzarella cheese. Of course, if you love to shred cheese, by all means, have fun and shred away. You’ll also use a container of ricotta and some oven-ready noodles. I’m telling you, whoever came up with no boil noodles was a genius! Oh, and a little sprinkle of Parmesan to finish it.

Just a few easy steps to make the best Homemade Meat Lasagna!

Homemade Meat Lasagna meat sauce closeup

  • Cook the ground beef, drain fat, and add to the simmering marinara sauce.

Homemade Meat Lasagna ready to assemble

  • Gather all the ingredients.

Homemade Meat Lasagna layer of meat sauce

Ladle a layer of meat sauce on the bottom of a baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray or a light cover of olive oil.

Homemade Meat Lasagna layer 1 lasagna noodles

  • Place oven-ready noodles on top of sauce.

Homemade Meat Lasagna layer 3 cheese

  • Place dollops of ricotta cheese on top of sauce and sprinkle with 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese.

Homemade Meat Lasagna ready to bake

Now cover the meat lasagna with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 20 minutes. Like, browned and crusty cheese on top? Just put under the broiler for about 2 minutes and voila – perfectly browned lasagna!

Homemade Meat Lasagna 1st serving

Let it rest 10 minutes before you serve it so that you get every last bit of saucy goodness.

Homemade Meat Lasagna serving closeup

Looks at all those cheesy, saucy, meaty layers! I’m drooling over here!

Homemade Meat Lasagna bite

Now take a bite. Ohhh, it’s so good! I like to serve this meat lasagna dinner with a side salad and a nice glass of red wine.

Enjoy!

5 from 3 votes
Homemade Meat Lasagna square
Meat Lasagna
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Meaty, saucy, cheesy Homemade Meat Lasagna has to be the ultimate comfort food. This recipe is easy to make and better than any restaurant! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: comfort food, dinner, ground beef, lasagna, pasta, recipe
Servings: 8 -10 servings
Calories: 583 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 jar 24-32 oz your favorite spaghetti sauce (I love Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce)
  • 9 lasagna noodles oven-ready
  • 8 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 16 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2-3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour a little olive oil in a 8x11-inch baking dish. Coat bottom and sides.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet and sauté onion for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and brown for another minute.
  3. Add ground beef and cook thoroughly. Drain fat.
  4. Pour marinara sauce into medium saucepan. Add beef and allow to simmer on low.
To assemble
  1. Ladle a little marinara sauce on bottom of baking dish.
  2. Place noodles over sauce to cover.
  3. Ladle more sauce on top of noodles, followed by 1/3 of ricotta and 1/3 of mozzarella.
  4. Repeat layers twice more, starting with noodles.
  5. Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese.
  6. Cover lasagna with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbling and cheese is browned.
  7. If you want the top a little browner, place under broiler for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let lasagna sit for 10-15 minutes prior to serving to make it easier to cut.
Recipe Notes

Tip: Spray foil with non-stick cooking spray to prevent cheese from sticking to it.

Nutrition Facts
Meat Lasagna
Amount Per Serving
Calories 583 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 534mg 22%
Potassium 390mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 11.3%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 43.9%
Iron 13.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairing: Lasagna with traditional tomato sauce and meat can go with just about any red wine. The favorite has always been a Chianti Reserva or Classico with its smokiness and acidity that enhances the flavors of this great Italian dish. You can also try a Barbera, Borolo, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Shiraz, Merlot or even a Pinot Noir. It you prefer white, try a Reisling or a  White Zinfandel.

 

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Meaty, saucy, cheesy Homemade Meat Lasagna has to be at the top of all good Italian dishes. This recipe is the ultimate comfort food and so easy to make! Store bought quality ingredients help get this prepped in less than 20 minutes then sit back & relax while it bakes. A home cooked dinner better than any restaurant. #lasagna #groundbeef #dinner #italianfood #recipe #comfortfood #homemade #easy #mozzarella #ricotta

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Aimee Shugarman
    11/07/2018 at 10:56 am

    Serious comfort food!!

  • Reply
    Krissy Allori
    11/07/2018 at 12:36 pm

    This is such an easy and great recipe for a great classic!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      11/09/2018 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks! Easy lasagna is a winner for weekday dinners.

  • Reply
    Krissy Allori
    11/07/2018 at 12:40 pm

    This is such a great and easy recipe! What a great take on a great classic!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      11/09/2018 at 12:16 pm

      It’s so easy it just means we can have it more often. And you can never have too much lasagna! 🙂

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