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How to make a basic lasagna

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This ible will cover how to assemble lasagna, and also how to make the meat sauce that goes in mine!

I've been making this for a few years and it's always well received. Hope you enjoy it! :D

 
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Step 1: Ingredients!

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Lasagna takes a lot of ingredients, but it also feeds a lot of people.

For my tomato meat sauce:
  • 2 28 oz. cans tomatoes - I typically do one can diced, one crushed for a little bit of texture!
  • 1-2 tbsp tomato paste (this is my favorite kind!)
  • 1 large onion
  • garlic, garlic, garlic - I always use a ton! I'd say two cloves minimum!
  • 1 lb. ground beef, preferably lean
  • dried oregano
  • crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh basil - dried can also be substituted!

For the rest of the lasagna:
  • 1 package of noodles (should be around a pound in weight)
  • 1 lb. mozzarella
  • 1/2 lb. good quality parmesan
  • 1 lb. ricotta cheese

Hardware:

Step 2: Making the meat sauce, part 1.

Prep work and browning the meat!

Roughly dice the onion, and mince as much garlic as you want. I used eight cloves.

Once this is done, throw the ground beef brick into a pan over medium heat and cook until browned. If a lot of fat seeps out, drain most of it. You need only a few tablespoons of fat to cook the onion and garlic in.

Once you've drained the extra fat, throw in the onions, garlic, some salt and pepper, and a good amount of crushed red pepper.

Stir this around for a few minutes over medium heat until the onions become soft. Then add in a few good pinches of oregano and a tablespoon or two of tomato paste. (I'm using the concentrated kind, so not as much.)
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Smiley21 made it!1 month ago

My whole family loved this and it was easy to make! Thank you for sharing this recipe

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paublina made it!2 months ago

It was so good I can't even! I've always wanted to make lasagna but up until 5 months ago I had never (in 22 years) had an oven! This was extremely easy to follow, and it was absolutely amazing. My boyfriend is a super picky eater and he LOVED this. I used Mild Turkey Sausage instead of ground beef and it was really good. I now know I need to buy a dutch oven, or just a bigger saucepan. I also need to invest on a cheese grater :)

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lnenkova wong made it!5 months ago

I made this lasagna several times, the first time made it for my husband he is very picky... he loved it. The second time I made it for my sons birthday party for around 60 people it was a hit, the last bit of it was gone. And now I am making it to impress my sister in law who is visiting from Panama. And by the way I have none cooking experience and I burn everything. Thank you for the simple and detailed instructions and pictures .

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jessyratfink (author)  lnenkova wong5 months ago

Yaaaaaaayyyy! I love that. I'm so happy it's worked out for you.

This lasagna is the only thing I always make for my best friends back in Kentucky - it's always been the most requested thing I make :D

:-)

gusli6 months ago
baba mil !!!! que rico muchas gracias por compartir
alexienewcook10 months ago
I made this for my husband when he was sick (I NEVER cook ever... ) this recipe was so easy to follow (thank god) thank you for the pictures!
I imagine it must be cheaper to make this in the USA, it cost me about 35$ for the ingredients here in canada. makes for an expensive meal, worth it though! thank you :)
jessyratfink (author)  alexienewcook10 months ago
Yay! You're welcome. :) It is definitely a more expensive meal, but I agree it's worth it! I can normally make it between $25-30 here in the US.

I just always try to tell myself it's okay because I can eat on it for a few days. :D
F-nChefs1 year ago
i just tried this recipe last night and it turned out amazing thanx jessy you know your way around the kitchen
Maglove1 year ago
Looks so well done...great job. I will certainly try mine. Thank you
aaleman1 year ago
do you HAVE to use ricotta or can you just leave it out or substitute it with more mozzarella?
jessyratfink (author)  aaleman1 year ago
You can definitely do more mozzarella. :)

My mom uses cottage cheese (drained) in the place of the ricotta, and it's really good!
i really love this recipe was very simple and i followed it step by step and my lasagna came out delicious i love it!!
baupalu1 year ago
Next on my list: lasagna (Y)
its still watery why what did i do wrong
jessyratfink (author)  scottfchrisf1 year ago
If it's watery that is okay! Just add in everything else and let it simmer with the lid off for 15-20 minutes or until it's thick enough for you. You don't want to reduce it too much, though, the noodles will soak up a little more liquid while cooking in the oven. :)
sghani881 year ago
That looks delicious! I'm going to have to dry it for my family. When you bake the lasagna, do you have to put a foil on top? I don't know why I feel like 40 minutes is a long time for baking at such a high temperature. I'm not a cooking expert, so I honestly don't know.
jessyratfink (author)  sghani881 year ago
Nope, I never use foil. 40 minutes is pretty much just long enough to brown the cheese a little and give you some crispy ends of the noodles. There's so much moisture in the lasagna that it takes a while to get to that point. :D
Thank you for your reply! Okay, I cannot wait to make this!!
erichandley2 years ago
I really found the recipe helpful. Nothing is more fun in the world of cooking than making deep dish lasagna.
Are we still aloud to use the "Pro" instructables in the future?
A "pro" status will have no bearing on what instructables you can see or use.
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jessyratfink (author)  Yerboogieman5 years ago
Yep, you'll be able to see them. :)
mc72macchi2 years ago
Sorry, but no crushed red pepper, mozzarella, ricotta and origano, noodles, need to make lasagna.
To make a Ragù for lasagna need some spoon of olive oil, 1/2 onion, lean ground beef, fresh pork sausage (made ​​up of: minced pork meat, salt and pepper. usually stuffed, remove the sausage, and you have to crumble as the ground beef) cans tomatoes, basil. if during cooking the tomatoes sauce s slightly acidic, can be corrected with a 1 / 4 teaspoon of baking soda .
For basic lasagna need bechamel (besciamella) to make the alternating layers.
Bye
BigCook..ie2 years ago
Oh My Goodness...Thank you so so much for this amazing recipe! I tried it and everybody in my family absolutely LOVED it. Looks great, smells great, oh and TASTES GREAT! Thank you again!!!
jessyratfink (author)  BigCook..ie2 years ago
Yay! I'm so excited you liked it. :D
Screamo3 years ago
OH MY GOSH THAT LOOKS SOO GOOD, unfortunatly i live in china so i cant make it :( one of my favorite foods
What in China do you miss to prepare lasagna ?
I would assume that its not so much the ingredients that would be missing, but the cost to prepare the dish. While not universally true most cannot afford all of the ingredients. Where in the US beef might be $3 a pound, in china they would most likely be $6-8 per pound and for a family on a budget(many houses have 2-4 generations under the same roof) it just isn't feasible. its not that they're poor, just that there are more pertinent expenses to be considered typically
friendofE3 years ago
mmmm...the lasagna. I gotta get around to making this & the enchiladas on the same day so I can live off the leftovers for 2 weeks straight!
Yum! But I bet it's got nothin on my Mom's.
jessyratfink (author)  Weissensteinburg5 years ago
Probably not, doesn't have anything on my mom's either. ;) My mom actually uses cottage cheese instead of ricotta. It's really good!
That's what my mom uses too. I cut it 1/2 and 1/2 ricotta/cottage.
Speaking of cheese, I usually mix an egg into the ricotta before spreading it out. It helps to keep the cheese from being so watery or runny when cooked.
jessyratfink (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
I've never heard of anyone doing that but it does make sense! I might try that next time and see if I like it more. :D
airmj5 years ago
i'm an italian guy, and this isn't a real lasagna. A real lasagna doesn't have so much meat and don't look like this. This is a similar food like lasagna, but i think the taste is very different. However it remains a good food :P
jessyratfink (author)  airmj5 years ago
What make a "real" lasagna? I'm curious as to what is traditionally put into it.
I'm also an Italian guy, and lasagne, like just about everything else in Italy, changes region to region. This is how my family (from Northern Italy) makes lasagne. My grandfather took one bite of lasagne very much like this (He had alzheimers so wasn't doing to well at the time) and told my mom "I don't know who you are, but the next time you make lasagne, call me!" He was an immigrant from Italy. This counts. At least where we come from. It might be different in SIcily or Rome, or whatever, but this counts.
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