Updated: Apr 23, 2022
Everyone needs to know how to make a classic lasagna. I think this recipe will do the trick. It's surprisingly a very easy recipe, it just takes a bit of time. It's so worth it, I promise! You can meal prep it and freeze it, then bake it when you need it. Or, you can cook this for a nice big meal with your family or friends (when that's allowed again).
Prep time: 30 minutes for cooking sauce and boiling lasagne
Assembly time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 45-50 minutes
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 medium, cubed to very small pieces
1/4 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small can tomato paste
1 can of tomato soup
Salt and pepper
2 Tbsp fresh oregano, roughly chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp dried basil
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
2 large handfuls of spinach
9 lasagne pieces
1 ball of mozzarella or 1/12 cups shredded mozzarella
1 cup cottage cheese or ricotta
2 Tbsp Parmesan
water, as needed
1. Chop the carrots and onions and crush the garlic. Heat 1 Tbsp oil or butter in a saucepan at medium heat and toss the veggies in the pan, cooking until fragrant and just starting to soften. Add the beef and cook until browned.
2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add lasagne. Bring the boil down and cook until soft.
3. Once beef is cooked, add the tomato paste, then the herbs and pinches of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
4. Add tomato soup and stir in, adding water as needed if the mixture is too dry. Then add spinach - if your pan is too full to stir spinach, cover for 2 minutes and go back to stir it in until it has mostly wilted. Let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Drain the lasagne and shake a splash of oil around so the pasta doesn’t stick together. Let cool for 5 minutes.
1. Spoon a small bit of meat and sauce over a 9x13 pan just to cover the bottom. Then, add the first layer of pasta (3 pieces).
2. Spoon half of what’s left of the sauce onto the pasta. Add a third of the mozzarella . Spread another layer of pasta piece over top.
3. Add the cottage cheese on top, then another layer of meat, and another third of the cheese.
4. Then add the last of the lasagne and cover with mozzarella.
5. Cover with foil and cook at 350 for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese to serve.
Whenever my mom asked me what I wanted for supper growing up, I always asked for lasagna, especially for my birthday supper. I have made a couple of tweaks, but not many. And honestly, I think she might have made it a little different every time (we're not very good at measuring things) so I might have actually hit her recipe without knowing it! A very good part about having lasagna is cleaning the herbed tomato sauce off your plate with garlic bread, so make sure you have some!
Thanks for reading, and enjoy!
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