Italian Classic Lasagna Recipe

We took a couple of shortcuts for this recipe Italian by way of using store-bought marinara and boxed pasta sheets. It saves a ton of time besides sacrificing any flavor. We suppose it’s truly ideal as-is, but also understand some people are searching to make sauce from scratch. Use our fine homemade spaghetti sauce—it’ll NEVER let you down. Regardless of the route you go, make certain to follow these tips.

Italian Classic Lasagna Recipe

Italian Classic Lasagna Recipe


3/4 lb. lasagna noodles
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 lb. ground beef
cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

(32-0z.) jar marinara
16 oz. whole milk ricotta
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan, divided
1/4 c. chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
1 1/2 lb. sliced mozzarella


  1. Preheat oven to 375º. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente, less 2 minutes. Drain and drizzle a bit of olive oil to prevent noodles from sticking together.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Cook ground beef until no longer pink, breaking up with a wooden spoon, then drain fat. Return beef to skillet and add garlic and oregano and stir for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, then add marinara and stir until warmed through.
  3. Combine ricotta, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and parsley in a large mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. In a large casserole dish, spread a thin layer of meat sauce, a single layer of lasagna noodles, a layer of ricotta mixture, and a  single layer of mozzarella, then repeat layers. Top last layer of noodles with meat sauce, Parmesan, and mozzarella.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes, then increase the temperature to 400º and bake uncovered for 18 to 20 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve.

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