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Lasagna

Easy meat lasagna recipe
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 375 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 lasagna noodles

For the meat sauce

  • 1 lb. ground beef, 80% lean
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. dry red wine

For the cheese layer

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 1 tsp. pepper

For topping

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella, for topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°
  • Boil the lasagna noodles in water for 4-5 minutes until just under al dente
  • Drain the noodles and set on a pan lined with parchment paper. Add parchment paper in between layers so they don't stick together.

Make the meat sauce:

  • Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the chopped red onion and ground beef and sauté until cooked through and no longer pink. Add the minced garlic and sauté an additional minute.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, red wine, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes.

For the cheese layer:

  • In a medium bowl combine ricotta cheese, 3 cups of shredded mozzarella, chopped spinach, eggs, and pepper and stir to combine.

Assemble the lasagna

  • Spray a 9 x 13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add 1 and ½ cup of meat sauce to the bottom of the pan.
  • Arrange the lasagna noodles in a single layer on top of the meat sauce. Top with 1 cup of the cheese mixture and another 1 and ½ cup of the meat sauce. Add another layer of noodles, cheese, and sauce. Repeat this once more, ending with the sauce.
  • Top with 1 cup of shredded mozzarella. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

Reheat lasagna in the casserole dish in the oven, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Adding a little water or marinara sauce helps it to not get dried out. 
Reheat individual slices of lasagna on the stovetop with a little water or marinara until heated through. 

Nutrition

Calories: 375kcal
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