This scrumptious lasagna earned its name due to the simple preparation. Easy Cheesy Lasagna utilizes no-boil noodles making it a cinch to put together. A robust meat sauce is layered with classic ricotta cheese and mozzarella then it can be baked or chilled until dinner time. Classic Italian made easy.
Easy Cheesy Lasagna Recipe
I often get requests for busy day meals. Being a Mom myself, I completely relate and understand the daily meal dilemma. Lasagna is a classic Italian favorite for my family, but, the technique I typically use to make it is a process and I wouldn't describe it as "no fuss." So, I set about to put together a lasagna that would be much easier to assemble on hectic days. Italian dishes are among my very favorite meals to assemble in advance. The flavors tend to become even more robust and it really helps busy Parents get food on the table with less hassle.
Utilize No-Boil Noodles to Save Prep Time for Easy Cheesy Lasagna
The biggest time saver with this lasagna is using no boil noodles. They're readily available in most supermarkets, and they make lasagna so much simpler to prepare.
- To save time, the sauce can be made in advance and either frozen or kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before assembling..
- You can also assemble the entire lasagna one day in advance for a true time saver.
- When assembling in advance, allow 20 minutes on the counter to warm a bit before baking. Adjust the baking time, as needed.
- You may also like to try this lower carb Zucchini Lasagna from Domestic Superhero.
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Easy Cheesy Lasagna
Servings: 12 servings
- 1 lb extra lean ground beef
- 1 lb ground sweet or spicy Italian sausage
- 1 medium onion diced
- olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ teaspoon black pepper divided
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon dry Italian seasoning [plus 1 tsp]
- 1 medium bay leaf
- 2 24 oz jars pasta sauce [i.e. Bertolli 5 Cheese or similar]
- 1 8 oz Italian seasoned tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
- 1 12 oz box no boil lasagna noodles
- 2 12 oz containers ricotta cheese
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese divided
- 4 ½ cups shredded Mozzarella cheese or Italian Blend of Cheese divided
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- To make the sauce: On the stove top in a deep pot over medium-high heat cook beef, sausage and onion in a couple of drizzles of olive oil until no pink remains Season with salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper.. Drain excess fat from pot.
- To the pot add garlic, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning and bay leaf. Cook for 1 minute.
- Add pasta sauce, tomato sauce and basil. Simmer for 15 minutes then remove from the heat. Remove bay leaf from the sauce.
- Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl mix together ricotta, eggs, ⅓ cup shredded Parmesan, and remaining 1 teaspoon dry Italian seasoning. Add ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
- To assemble: Ladle ½ cup sauce into the bottom of the prepared dish. Arrange one layer of lasagna noodles over sauce.
- Spread noodles with ⅓ of the ricotta. Cover with ⅓ meat sauce then sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
- Repeat layers, ending with noodles, meat sauce and 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan on top.
- Cover with aluminum foil spritzed with cooking spray. Bake covered for 1 hour.
- Uncover, and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the noodles are fork tender.
- Let stand on counter for 10 minutes then cut and serving.
This lasagna freezes well. Bake, cool completely, then cut into portions. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap. To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat in a 350°F oven until heated through.
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 558kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 1340mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 285mg | Iron: 2mg
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Can I used regular boiled noodles instead of the other ones?
Yes, if you prefer.
I've been trying for days to make the lazy day lasagna and I finally made it today it came out very well I didn't have quite enough cheese but I used another type and it came out beautiful thank you for your recipe I will try more 😄
I'm so happy you loved this one Judy, visit often!
Hi Joy, thank you! It's great to hear from you, thanks for stopping by for a visit. ~ Melissa
Melissa, this recipe sounds wonderful. I like being able to make a pan of lasagna in a little less time and trouble than usual! I love how you seasoned the ricotta layer...so many recipes leave that layer kind of bland. This lasagna sounds like it would be full of authentic flavor!
Love, Joy @ Yesterfood.blogspot.com
Hi sweet Linda! I can't find enough uses for egg roll wrappers you are so right. Great tip, my friend! 🙂
This sounds perfect Melissa. I'll give this a try for sure. One of my secrets for no fuss lasagna has been using egg roll wrappers. They're so thin and cook up just like the real thing. I guess we just keep coming up with new ways to enjoy our free time (although sometimes, time in my kitchen feels like free time) lol:)