Lasagna is a classic Italian dish that is loved around the world for its rich, hearty flavors and comforting textures. Whether you’re making it for a special occasion or just craving a delicious and satisfying meal, homemade lasagna is the perfect choice. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to make classic meat and cheese lasagna, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.
- 1 pound ground beef or turkey (omit for vegetarian or replace with a plant-based alternative)
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jar (24 ounces) of your favorite tomato sauce
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 package (16 ounces) lasagna noodles (regular or gluten-free)
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef or turkey (if using) until browned, stirring frequently. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and let the sauce simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Cook the lasagna noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, and 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.
Spread a thin layer of the meat sauce on the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Add a layer of lasagna noodles on top, followed by a layer of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers, finishing with a layer of meat sauce on top.
Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top of the lasagna.
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the lasagna is heated through.
Let the lasagna cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.
To make a vegetarian lasagna, simply omit the ground beef or turkey and replace with a plant-based alternative, such as crumbled tofu or diced mushrooms. Follow the same recipe as above, but use vegetable broth instead of beef broth for added flavor.
To make a gluten-free lasagna, use gluten-free lasagna noodles instead of regular noodles. Follow the same recipe as above, but make sure all ingredients are labeled gluten-free.