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  2. Weeknight Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna seems to be a dish of which each family has their own special version, one that they feel is the ultimate recipe. I make no attempt to say I have the best or “true” lasagna. In fact, an authentic Italian cook would most likely scoff at what I believe is an amazing recipe.

Nevertheless, I’m excited to share with you my version of a classic and delectable lasagna. Preparation for this dish takes a little extra time but when completed your family will be asking for it time and again.  With six perfect layers, the lasagna is exactly the comfort you crave on a winter’s evening.

This has become a classic recipe in my family and will become a staple in yours as well. Serve with a salad and enjoy!

Side view of lasagna with piece cut out sitting in white container
Side view of white pan with lasagna in it with hand holding cut piece above pan

Watch how to make this weeknight lasagna:

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Top down view of white pan holding cheese covered lasagna with rag underneath

Weeknight Lasagna

4.29 from 59 votes
Made from a few layers of delicious noodles, cheese, and sauce, this is the perfect weeknight meal to serve! It even comes complete with a homemade red sauce to round out the whole thing!
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 15 pieces


  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 10 oz lasagna noodles (10-12 noodles)
  • 30 oz ricotta cheese (2 15-oz containers)
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 8 oz Parmesan cheese grated (reserve ½ cup)
  • 1 lb mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • In a large 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high. Sauté the onion with 1 tsp salt until soft and translucent, 6 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the ground beef. Break up the beef and cook until browned, 8-12 minutes. Add salt, red pepper flakes, dried basil, tomato paste, and tomato sauce. Simmer for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
    2 lb ground beef, 1 cup diced onion, 2 tsp kosher salt, 3 cloves garlic, 3 tsp dried basil, ½ tsp red pepper flakes, 6 oz tomato paste, 2 cups tomato sauce
  • In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, 1 tsp salt, and parsley. Mix all ingredients.
    30 oz ricotta cheese (2 15-oz containers), 2 eggs, 8 oz Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup fresh parsley, ½ tsp black pepper, 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Cook lasagna noodles al dente with six quarts of water. Once boiling, add ¼ cup of salt. Cook for 8-11 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    10 oz lasagna noodles (10-12 noodles)
  • Grease a 9×13 pan well. Star by layering ½ cup of the red sauce evenly on the bottom of the pan. This will be a very thin layer but helps the pieces come out of the pan when removed. Layer noodles in the pan, slightly overlapping. The noodles may not be long enough for the pan, so a noodle may need to be cut to fit. Spoon half the ricotta mixture on top of the noodles. Next, add a layer of half the meat and red sauce. Layer on half a pound of mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layering, starting with the noodles. Finish with the remaining half pound of mozzarella cheese and reserved parmesan cheese.
    Note: At this point, the lasagna can be covered up tightly and frozen for up to one month. When ready to bake, let thaw in the refrigerator for eight hours.
    1 lb mozzarella cheese
  • Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes, bubbling throughout the lasagna. Once baked, cool for 15 minutes before cutting into pieces.


Serving: 1pieceCalories: 402kcalCarbohydrates: 23.6gProtein: 38.4gFat: 16.6gSaturated Fat: 9.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.7gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 1056mgPotassium: 597.2mgFiber: 3.7gSugar: 4.6gVitamin A: 178.3IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 626.4mgIron: 3mg
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking

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  1. Hello, just saw your website today and this is what I’ve been looking for, a good but slightly more simple lasagna recipe.
    I was wondering if I could use ricotta instead of cottage cheese?
    I will still try with cottage cheese though.
    Lovely pics, lovely site, thank you!

    1. I am so glad you found us! Yes ricotta cheese is a great substitute for cottage cheese and actually much more classic in lasagna. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hi again. I made it!
    I just ate 2 delicious slices of a very successful lasagna. I used the cottage cheese and had just under the correct amount so added a little cream cheese with.
    Very very nice, thank you! 🙂

  3. I’m
    Going to make this this week
    Thanks for sending me the recipe since I’m alone I will freeze one
    Thanks again

  4. I just made it and it was super easy…..just takes a little time to get sauce and noodles cooked. I made two so that I can freeze one…..the sauce is delicious. We are looking forward to have lasagna for dinner tonight.

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve been following you for some time and tried this lasagna today!
    May I say its the easiest and most tastiest! My family loves it! I’ll be making more of your yummy creations this week.
    Thank you for posting and sharing!

  6. 5 stars
    Made this for Valentine’s dinner tonight. So delicious and my husband loved it! Two 👍🏻👍🏻. I love your recipes and following you on Facebook. I also made the Valentine suckers for our grandkids yesterday. Just found you and started following during the 2020 holidays. I trying to make one recipe a week and so far ALL have been awesomely delicious!!! Any chance of a cookbook in the future??

  7. 4 stars
    Love all your recipes I’ve tried!! This is a really good one.
    So glad I found your posts!! Looking forward to more in the future.

  8. 5 stars
    I made your recipe for Lasagna on Sunday. This is my son’s favorite dish. Before he took a bite, I told him to be honest on which one was better. The way I always made it or your recipe. I will say his face lit up and all he could say was “WOW…this is the best Lasagna I have ever had”….he is 33!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I will continue making it for my family.

  9. 5 stars
    Absolutely so easy and delicious! I did sub cottage cheese (equal amounts) for the ricotta simply because that’s my family’s preference. Easily doubled the recipe and shared. The people with whom I shared have complimented me no less than 5 times on it. They LOVED it!!

    1. Just wanted to add…I gave several frozen portions to people. The compliments (GENUINE COMPLIMENTS) continue to roll in. I cannot stress enough…MAKE THIS LASAGNA!!

  10. 5 stars
    I made this tonight but forgot to layer the mozzarella in between layers, but it was still delicious!
    Btw…I love your videos! You would make a great best friend!!

  11. 5 stars
    I made your lasagna recipe tonight and my husband and I loved it. I’ve made several lasagna recipes through the years but I think this is the best one yet. Love watching your videos, both the cooking and gardening and of course the Christmas tree decorating.. all are close to my heart and you do a great job with all of them.

  12. I never liked recotta ( the name gets me) sew I use boiled eggs chopped up and everyone loves it but I will try the other way and I do love watching your shows

  13. I love watching your videos and have made several of your recipes. I have made this lasagna twice, using Impossible burger. My family loves it! Thanks Kaleb.

  14. I love watching your videos and have made several of your recipes. I have made this lasagna twice, using Impossible burger. My family loves it! Thanks Kaleb.

  15. 5 stars
    This is the first lasagna I’ve ever made – and it was perfect. Thanks for the great recipe. Next time I’ll prepare it in the morning, refrigerate it, and just pop it in the oven when I’m ready.

    What is the best way to reheat the single portions I freeze? Thanks much!

  16. 5 stars
    This is, hands down, THE BEST lasagna recipe I have ever made!! Freezes well and can be made ahead of time. Kaleb’s recipes do not disappoint!😋

  17. 4 stars
    I made this tonight. I did it exactly like the recipe except I also added a tablespoon of Italian seasoning to the sauce just because we
    like it. It was the best lasagna we’ve ever eaten. Thank you, Kaleb!

  18. 5 stars
    Delicious! I did substitute Italian sausage for the beef. My Italian husband loved it! Thought it was easy, and worth the time! Next time I will put foil on it part of the time.