Indulge in the comforting flavors of a classic baked lasagna, with layers of savory ingredients and cheesy goodness. This hearty Italian dish is sure to satisfy your cravings and leave your taste buds wanting more. Get ready to enjoy a meal that’s packed with deliciousness!
1 pound of ground beef (or a combination of beef and Italian sausage)
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can (28 ounces) of crushed tomatoes
1 can (6 ounces) of tomato paste
1/2 cup of water
2 teaspoons of dried basil
2 teaspoons of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of salt (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper (or to taste)
12 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package instructions
3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 and 1/2 cups of ricotta cheese
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)
📖 Let’s get layering:
1️⃣ Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
2️⃣ In a large skillet, cook the ground beef (or beef and sausage combination) over medium heat until browned. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and cook until the onion is softened.
3️⃣ Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Simmer the sauce for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
4️⃣ Spread a thin layer of the meat sauce on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Arrange 4 lasagna noodles on top of the sauce.
5️⃣ Spread a layer of ricotta cheese over the noodles, followed by a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese.
6️⃣ Repeat the layers, using about one-third of the meat sauce, 4 lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Repeat this process two more times, ending with a layer of meat sauce and a generous amount of shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
7️⃣ Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
8️⃣ Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
9️⃣ Let the baked lasagna cool for a few minutes before slicing. Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired.
🍝🧀✨ Your Classic Baked Lasagna is now ready to be enjoyed! Serve it alongside a fresh salad and garlic bread for a complete and satisfying meal.
✨🍝🧀✨ Get ready to savor the layers of savory ingredients and cheesy goodness in this classic baked lasagna. It’s a true comfort food delight! ✨✨