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Homemade Cheese and Beef Lasagna Recipe

Homemade Cheese and Beef Lasagna Recipe

5 Stars (3 Voters)
There is a lot of ways to make lasagna, some people prefer their lasagna white sauce, some prefer cheese lasagna. But I prefer a good lasagna with ricotta cheese and beef sauce. This classic cheese and beef lasagna recipe is very rich, cheesy with amazing homemade meat sauce. 3 layers of pure deliciousness.
2½ Hours
30 Minutes

For the meat sauce:

  • 1¾ pounds (800g) Ground beef or combination of ground beef and Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 42oz (1200g) Homemade tomato sauce
  • 4 tablespoons (60g) Tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

For the cheese filling:

  • 30oz (840g) Ricotta
  • 1 pound (450g) Mozzarella, divided
  • 4oz (115g) Parmesan, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Parsley, chopped
  • Lasagna sheets

1. In a large pan or pot over medium heat, add olive oil and heat, add ground beef. Cook, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon. Add the onion and garlic. Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Cook until meat is browned. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste. Add bay leaves, Stir and bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for at least 1 hour. Remove bay leaves and set aside.

2. Meanwhile make the cheese mixture: in a large bowl, whisk ricotta, egg, 1/2 of the parmesan, 2/3 of the mozzarella, salt, pepper, nutmeg and chopped herbs. Set aside.

3. cook the lasagna sheets for 1-2 minutes and transfer to a cold water.

4. Preheat oven to 375F (190C).

5. Assembly: spread 1/4 of the meat mixture in the bottom of 13X9” (32X22cm) baking dish, layer pasta sheets, spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture, spread another 1/4 of the meat mixture. Repeat layering two more times (3 layers in total). Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and parmesan on top. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.

6. Bake, covered for 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake another 20-25 minutes.

7. Let cool 15-20 minutes before serving.


• You can skip the boiling noodles stage and use no-boil lasagna noodles. I find that boiling them makes a better lasagna, but it’s up to you.

• If your cheese mixture to thick, you can add another egg.

Check out the Classic Lasagna Recipe with white sauce. 

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  • M

    Great recipe So delicious!

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    The Cooking Foodie

    Thank you Mona, glad to heat that you liked it :)


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