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Classic Meat Lasagna Recipe

The Classic Meat Lasagna Recipe is the perfect Italian comfort food. Rich and hearty Bolognese layered with gooey cheeses, and tender noodles make for thick layers and piles of heart-warming deliciousness.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 8 People
Calories 926kcal
Author Diana Reis


Meat Sauce

  • 1 Lb Ground Beef
  • ¼ Lb Italian Sausage or 2 Links Removed From Cassing
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 14 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Dry Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Granulated Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Granulated Onion
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Cup Water

Lasagna Assembly

  • 1 Lb Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Lbs Shredded Mozzarella
  • 16 oz Ricotta Cheese


  • The first step whenever you are making any kind of pasta dish is put a large pot of water on the stove and add a teaspoon of salt. This will give you time to bring the water to a boil so you are not waiting for pasta to cook long after everything else is ready.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Get a second large sauce pot, and place it on the stove on medium/high heat. Add the ground beef and sausage to the pot with ½ Cup of water. Using a large metal spoon, break up the meat as it cooks. 
  • Dice a yellow onion and mince 4 cloves of garlic. Once the meat is mostly browned, add the yellow onion. Stir in and let the onion cook until it is just translucent. Then add the minced garlic and stir it in. 
  • Add all of the dry seasonings to pot. Stir everything in evenly and let the spices warm up a bit. 
  • Add the canned crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Add the remaining ½ Cup of water. Add sugar and butter to the tomatoes. Stir everything together and let heat until it comes to a low simmer. Simmer for 10 Minutes.
  • While the Sauce is simmering, boil the Lasagna noodles in the large pot. These noodles need to be cooked just short of fully cooked. Check the box of pasta for boiling instructions. The instructions will be for a fully cooked soft noodle. When the noodles are done, drain, and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking. 
  • Line up all of the lasagna assembly ingredients including your sauce at your work station. In a 13x9 pan begin making the lasagna layers.
  • First lay down a ladle full of sauce on the bottom of the pan and spread it evenly from corner to corner.
  • Next lay out lasagna noodles long ways with a slight overlap to cover the bottom. Next sprinkle a layer of mozzarella cheese, and then cover it with more sauce. Make each layer as neat and even as possible.
  • Add another layer of noodles longways, again overlapping just slightly. Then spread a layer of Ricotta cheese over the noodles. Use the whole 16oz container. Layer sauce evenly over the ricotta.
  • Add another layer of noodles, and since this is the top spread the meat sauce over the noodles. Then add a heavy layer of Mozzarella Cheese and Paremesan Cheese.
  • Bake in a 350° over for 50 Minutes covered with foil. Bake uncovered for the final 10 minutes.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 926kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 184mg | Sodium: 2856mg | Potassium: 529mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1170IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 871mg | Iron: 3.1mg