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


Step 2: Making the meat sauce, part 1.

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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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JulieP72 days 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!11 days 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 26 days 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. :)

annieannie27 days 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)  annieannie26 days ago

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

MargaretT328 days 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!
Bonicless1 month ago
Wow ! First time I ever experienced such cleared and well explained !! Thank you ???
MADLY33 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.

diazpatr4 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!
NikZ15 months ago
wavet15 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.

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hi how much oregano and dried basil do u use

jessyratfink (author)  mick.jacobs.777 months ago

I would say between 1/2 - 1 teaspoon!

kudzu637 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.58 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)  alexienewcook1 year 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
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?
jessyratfink (author)  aaleman2 years ago
You can definitely do more mozzarella. :)

My mom uses cottage cheese (drained) in the place of the ricotta, and it's really good!
marielmunoz2 years ago
i really love this recipe was very simple and i followed it step by step and my lasagna came out delicious i love it!!
baupalu2 years ago
Next on my list: lasagna (Y)
its still watery why what did i do wrong
jessyratfink (author)  scottfchrisf2 years 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. :)
sghani882 years 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)  sghani882 years 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!!
erichandley3 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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