Picture of how to make a basic lasagna

This Instructable will cover how to make lasagna, and also how to make the meat sauce that goes in mine. This lasagna recipe has changed a bit over the years but it's always been a favorite amongst my family and friends!

In the past couple years I've started using oven ready lasagna noodles that cook in the oven - I don't know that I'll ever go back to doing it the old way. :D

Step 1: Ingredients!

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

For the tomato meat sauce:

  • 2 x 28 oz. cans tomatoes - crushed or whole is best! If you get whole canned tomatoes just crush them in your hands.
  • 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 pound ground beef, preferably lean
  • 1 pound Italian sausage - choose whatever spice level you like!
  • dried oregano
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh basil - dried can also be substituted!
  • olive oil

Keep in mind that if you can always just cook up some meat and then pour a couple jars of tomato sauce over it, so don't worry about it if you look at the ingredients and wonder what you've gotten yourself into.

For the rest of the lasagna:

  • 1 package of noodles (should be around a pound in weight) - oven-ready or regular.
  • 1 lb. mozzarella
  • 1/2 lb. good quality parmesan
  • 1 lb. ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • dried oregano + basil


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HannaP25 days ago

What happened to the garlic sniffing part? that was the best!!

jessyratfink (author)  HannaP25 days ago

When I updated it with new photos I wanted to spread out the steps a little more so it got cut. There's a glitch with old ibles where you can't add any more steps and that one seemed the least important. ;)

Perhaps it was for the best. Ha!

rcruz31 made it!17 days ago
sorry for potato photo or if I've posted already but I followed the recipe and it was delicious!
maftaps13 made it!25 days ago
This is my fourth time making the lasagna and I'm so grateful for sharing the recipe. I used hotdog or kielbasa or polish sausage and it tastes the just as good with the original recipe. I added Romano on top of the lasagna. Since I work full time, I make them and put them in the fridge. My kids baked them and helped themselves. They loved it!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
JennaJMac29 days ago

YUM! I haven't had lasagna in so long, this looks amazing!

sabu.dawdy1 month ago
No oven but I will do try this is microwave

Are the noodles necessary ?

jessyratfink (author)  akaflakacruz1 month ago

If you don't add the noodles it will lack structure and just be like a tomato and cheese dip.

You can also use slices of zucchini in place of noodles - I do that sometimes. :)

what I was thinking

KatieC91 month ago
If I put it all together, could I leave it for my family to cook while Im at work? And how would I put it away so it stays good until they get home to bake it?
jessyratfink (author)  KatieC91 month ago

You can definitely do that! I recommend under cooking the noodles by a couple minutes, assembling as normal, letting it cool and then wrapping it/covering it and putting it in the fridge.

You can bake it directly from the fridge, but may need to add 10-15 minutes to the cook time. :)

JulieP72 months ago

I tried this recipe (minus the mozzarella and basil, as I didn't have any on hand) just last week and it turned out fantastic! Thank you very much for sharing it, especially with the well-captured photos - really useful!

TawannaW made it!2 months ago

I just made this tonight for my daughter's Co worker. & an extra pan for the house. Looks good can't wait to taste. Was the simplest recipe I came across! Thanks for sharing!!!

Hi ..can I also use aluminium oven pan instead of a glass 1?
jessyratfink (author)  Patience Davhana 3 months ago

Yes! You may want to reduce the time by a bit if the pan is very dark, but otherwise it should be totally fine. :)

annieannie3 months ago

Being that We own a goat dairy farm and creamery, using our goat cheeses with your recipe is going to be utterly delish. I'm excited :) thank you!!!

jessyratfink (author)  annieannie3 months ago

Oh I bet that will be lovely!! So jealous. I've always wanted goats :D

MargaretT33 months ago
I'm making it tonight! I looked at a lot of recipes but chose yours, I love yours and love your detailed instructions! I'm so excited!
Bonicless3 months ago
Wow ! First time I ever experienced such cleared and well explained !! Thank you ???
MADLY35 months ago

I am still incredibly amazed how delicious it came out, I don't cook at all, & had never made lasagna before, instructions were clear and it came out beautifully! Definitely a favourite.

diazpatr6 months ago
Just made this today and everyone loved it ! Followed all of your instructions and it came out incredible! No one believed I made it. Thank you so much for your detailed recipe!
NikZ18 months ago
wavet18 months ago

It looks good. My first time making Lasagana. I followed the directions with a few different ingredients. Don't know how it will tastes. LOL!!

I made my 1st lasagna on New Year's Eve and my family loved!!!!! Thank you for posting this. I hardly ever cook and my fiancé was shocked when he saw me in the kitchen and how well it turned out.

new year's lasagna.jpg

hi how much oregano and dried basil do u use

jessyratfink (author)  mick.jacobs.779 months ago

I would say between 1/2 - 1 teaspoon!

kudzu639 months ago

This is very similar to what my wife has been making for years with the exception of the ricotta cheese. I can't stand it but i she says it's just as awesome without it. As far as browning the meat, my wife used to make me do it for her because it's so aggravating. I did it once and on the second time I decided to simplify it a bit. If you get that old potato masher out, it does an awesome job of separating the meat into the little granules you need when making sauces. After it starts to cook just keep mashing it over and over and stirring at the same time. After watching me do this, she took the job back. Anyways, this is some good stuff and a good instructable.

how long did it take you to make it

jessyratfink (author)  georgina.lines.510 months ago

I'd say between 1 1/2 - 2 hours all together. Not too long, but it might be pushing it to make it on a weeknight. :)

Smiley21 made it!1 year ago

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

paublina made it!1 year 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 :)

lnenkova wong made it!1 year 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 .

jessyratfink (author)  lnenkova wong1 year 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


gusli1 year ago
baba mil !!!! que rico muchas gracias por compartir
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)  alexienewcook2 years 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-nChefs2 years ago
i just tried this recipe last night and it turned out amazing thanx jessy you know your way around the kitchen
Maglove2 years ago
Looks so well done...great job. I will certainly try mine. Thank you
aaleman2 years ago
do you HAVE to use ricotta or can you just leave it out or substitute it with more mozzarella?
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