Fast Easy Lasagna

Quick, but oh so delicious



Adjust Servings

Recipe CategoriesPasta


3⁄4Poundlean ground beef, 80% lean or better
1⁄2Poundraw Italian sausage, casings removed
1each26 oz. jar thick spaghetti or marinara sauce (Newman's Own recommended)
2Cupwater or tomato juice
1⁄2Cupfresh basil, chopped
1Poundlasagna noodles, uncooked
1each15 oz. cotnainer part-skim ricotta cheese
1Poundmozzarella cheese (low moisture), coarsely grated
1Cupgrated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Sauté beef and sausage in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through, breaking up meats with back of spoon, about 4 minutes.
  3. Transfer meats to bowl.
  4. Drain out the fat.
  5. Note: You may use 1 lb. ground turkey instead of the beef and sausage.
  6. Combine spaghetti sauce, water or tomato juice and basil in large bowl.
  7. Spread 1 cup of sauce mixture in bottom of 13" x 9" x 2" glass baking dish.
  8. Arrange 1/3 of uncooked noodles, slightly overlapping if necessary, atop sauce.
  9. Spread half of ricotta over noodles.
  10. Sprinkle with half of mozzarella cheese, half of meat mixture and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  11. Top with 1 1/2 cups sauce.
  12. Repeat layering with noodles, ricotta, mozzarella, meats and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  13. Arrange remaining uncooked noodles over.
  14. Add remaining sauce covering lasagna completely.
  15. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan.
  16. Cover tightly with heavy-duty foil.
  17. Place on baking sheet.
  18. Bake until noodles are tender and lasagna is heated though, about 1/2 hour.
  19. Uncover; and place back in oven for 1/2 hour to heat through and let the top brown slightly.
  20. Remove from oven, let stand 15 minutes.
  21. Cut lasagna into squares and serve.
  22. This dish can be made, portioned, and then frozen in small freezer proof containers.
  23. Remove and reheat in the microwave until hot as needed.
  24. Or this dish may be prepared one day ahead.
  25. Re-warm covered in 350° oven about 45 minutes.


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