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A large slice of homemade lasagna on a plate.

Easy Homemade Lasagna

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian-Inspired


Easy Homemade Lasagna – an absolutely delicious, straight-forward homemade lasagna recipe with meat sauce!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork or ground italian sausage
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 24oz jar of your favorite marinara sauce*
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons fresh basil, divided and roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 15oz whole ricotta cheese (dairy-free or whole milk)
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked al dente


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Bring a cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Add ground beef and ground pork (or Italian sausage). Move ground meat around the pan until it is fully cooked. Drain excess grease and return to pan. 
  3. Add garlic and onion; allow to cook down 1-2 minutes. 
  4. Add marinara sauce, 1/4 cup fresh basil and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Stir to combine. 
  5. In a medium mixing bowl combine ricotta, 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella, parmesan, lemon juice, parsley, Italian seasoning, basil, egg and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Stir to combine. 
  6. Cook your lasagna noodles al dente according to box instructions; drain and set aside. 
  7. Assemble Lasagna: Using a 9×13 pan add about 1/4 cup of the meat sauce and spread out evenly. Lay down 3 lasagna noodles. Top with half of the ricotta mixture followed by some meat sauce and then 1 cup of shredded mozzarella. Continue by layering noodles, ricotta, meat sauce, noodles and then the last 1/4 cup of the meat sauce. Cover with 2 cups of shredded mozzarella (or as much as you want). Spray a piece of foil with olive oil and cover your pan (sprayed side down). 
  8. Place in oven, middle rack, and let cook 45-50 minutes. 
  9. Remove foil and let cook another 15 minutes. 
  10. Let cool a bit before serving. 
  11. Serve with homemade garlic bread


  • *Marinara Sauce: you can use store-bought or homemade!
  • Ricotta Cheese: feel free to use regular ricotta or dairy-free.
  • Veggies: you could easily add in some chopped spinach or even diced zucchini to add a little extra veggies to the recipe!
  • Dairy-Free Cheese: you can use regular or dairy-free cheese.
  • Gluten-Free: feel free to use gluten-free lasagna noodles or regular.