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Authentic Italian Lasagna with Homemade Meat Sauce

Pasta & Noodles

This classic Italian lasagna is made with layers of tender pasta, a hearty meat sauce, creamy ricotta, and melted mozzarella cheese. The homemade meat sauce is made with ground beef, tomatoes, garlic, and Italian herbs, which is then simmered to a rich, flavorful sauce. Perfect for a cozy family dinner or special occasion!


  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic until the meat is browned and onion is translucent, stirring occasionally, about 5-7 minutes.

Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened and flavors have melded together. Stir in chopped parsley.

In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg, and Parmesan cheese. Mix well.

To assemble the lasagna, spread a layer of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Top with a layer of lasagna noodles, then spread a layer of the ricotta mixture on top. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used up, ending with a layer of meat sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese on top.

Cover the lasagna with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the lasagna is heated through.

Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

This authentic Italian lasagna is the ultimate comfort food. Layers of pasta, homemade meat sauce, and melted cheese make it a delicious and hearty meal.