Classic Lasagna

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Classic but elevated, this is the lasagna you’ll want to make for big festive family dinners and special occasions.

When I was growing up, my mother made lasagna whenever there was family in town or a crowd to feed. The lasagna was always delicious, but since my mom never used a recipe, each time there was a moment of nervous anticipation at the dinner table before slicing the lasagna — would it be too soupy, too dry, or (hopefully) just right?

I’m not one to wing it with a dish like lasagna, so I came up with this surefire recipe based on my mother’s version. It is classic but elevated and also relatively simple to prepare. The key is using no-boil (or oven-ready) lasagna noodles, which not only save a lot of time but also taste similar to fresh pasta. The noodles are layered with a flavorful meat sauce — full of Italian sausage, veggies, and crushed tomatoes, and enriched with cream — as well as creamy ricotta and melty mozzarella cheese.

What you’ll need to make lasagna

lasagna ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Make the Sauce

Begin by placing the onions, garlic, carrots, and celery in a food processor. You need to give them a rough chop first, otherwise, they won’t chop evenly.

vegetables in bowl of food processor

Pulse until minced but not puréed, so that they melt into the sauce.

minced vegetables

Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, and add the sausage.

raw sausage in pot Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking the sausage into small pieces, until slightly browned but not cooked all the way through, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the partially cooked sausage to a plate. Set aside.

browned sausage

Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, reduce the heat to medium, and add the minced vegetables.

minced vegetables in potCook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are very soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Do not brown; reduce the heat if necessary.

Cooked vegetablesAdd the wine and continue cooking, stirring to scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan, until the wine is mostly absorbed by the vegetables, a few minutes.

wine in the pot

Add the tomatoes, cream, salt, pepper, sugar, thyme and bay leaves.

adding crushed tomatoes, cream, and seasoning to pot Stir and bring to a boil.

stirring lasagna sauce

Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes.

sauce after simmering

Add the sausage back to the pot.

adding sausage to the potContinue simmering until the sausage is fully cooked and the flavors all meld together, about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Fish out the bay leaves and discard.

lasagna sauce

2. Make the Ricotta Filling

Combine the ricotta, cream cheese, egg, garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade.

ingredients for ricotta mixture in food processorProcess until evenly combined, then add the basil.

adding basil to ricotta mixture

Pulse until the basil is finely chopped.

finished ricotta mixture

3. Assemble the Lasagna

Spread about 1-1/2 cups of sauce in the bottom of the baking dish.

sauce in baking dishArrange 3 noodles over the sauce, and dollop a third of the ricotta filling over the noodles.

noodles and ricotta over lasagna sauceSpread the ricotta mixture evenly over the noodles.

spreading ricotta mixtureSprinkle with 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese.

adding mozzarella cheeseRepeat layering of sauce, noodles, ricotta filling and mozzarella 2 more times. Top with the remaining 3 noodles. Spoon the remaining sauce over the noodles, then sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano.

lasagna ready to bake

Spray a large piece of foil with nonstick cooking spray. Cover the lasagna tightly with the foil, sprayed side down. Bake for 40 minutes in a 375°F oven. Carefully uncover and increase the oven temperature to 400°F. Bake, uncovered, until the noodles are tender, the sauce is bubbling, and the edges are golden and puffed, about 20 minutes.

baked lasagna

Remove from the oven and let stand for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

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Classic Lasagna

Classic but elevated, this is the lasagna you’ll want to make for big festive family dinners and special occasions.

Servings: 8
Total Time: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Sauce

  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1-1/2 pounds Italian sausage (bulk or removed from casing)
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves

For the Ricotta Mixture

  • 1 (15 oz.) container whole milk ricotta (about 1-3/4 cups)
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh basil

For Assembling

  • 12 oven ready (no boil) lasagna noodles (such as Barilla)
  • 16 ounces shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Instructions

For the Sauce

  1. Place the onions, garlic, carrot and celery in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade; pulse until finely minced but not puréed.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage into the pan and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking the sausage into small pieces, until slightly browned but not cooked all the way through, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the partially cooked sausage to a plate. Set aside.
  3. Add the remaining tablespoon olive oil to the pan, reduce the heat to medium, and add the minced vegetables. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are very soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Do not brown; reduce the heat if necessary.
  4. Add the wine; continue cooking, stirring to scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan, until the wine is mostly absorbed by the vegetables, a few minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, cream, salt, pepper, sugar, thyme and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, transfer the sausage to a cutting board and chop into smaller pieces (big chunks don't work well in lasagna).
  7. Add the sausage back to the pan and continue simmering, covered, until the sausage is fully cooked and the flavors meld together, about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Fish out the bay leaves and discard.

For the Ricotta Mixture

  1. Combine the ricotta, cream cheese, egg, garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process until evenly combined. Add the basil and pulse until finely chopped.

For Assembly

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Spread about 1-1/2 cups of sauce in the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Arrange 3 noodles over the sauce. Dollop a third of the ricotta filling over the noodles, then spread evenly to cover. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layering of sauce, noodles, ricotta filling and mozzarella 2 more times. Top with the remaining 3 noodles. Spoon the remaining sauce over the noodles, then sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano.
  3. Spray a large piece of foil with nonstick cooking spray. Cover the lasagna tightly with the foil, sprayed side down. Bake for 40 minutes. Carefully uncover and increase the oven temperature to 400°F. Bake, uncovered, until the noodles are tender, the sauce is bubbling, and the edges are golden and puffed, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for about 15 minutes before serving.
  4. Make-Ahead Instructions: The lasagna can be assembled and refrigerated up to 1 day ahead of time.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The lasagna can be frozen for up to 3 months. If freezing it prior to baking, when you’re ready to cook it, defrost in the refrigerator for 24 hours, then proceed with the baking instructions in the recipe. If the lasagna is already cooked, you can either put it in a freezer-safe container that just fits the leftover piece, or you can cut into individual pieces and wrap each one tightly in plastic wrap and then foil. Reheat it, covered with foil, in a 325°F oven until hot.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 776
  • Fat: 45g
  • Saturated fat: 23g
  • Carbohydrates: 47g
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 46g
  • Sodium: 1812mg
  • Cholesterol: 158mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • This looks lovely. My husband and I don’t like Italian sausage – I think it’s mainly the taste of fennel seed we don’t love. If we substitute ground beef, what seasonings should we use (if any) in the meat so it doesn’t come out bland?

    • — Natasha on January 16, 2021
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    • Sure, Natasha, I would add a bit of oregano, Italian seasoning, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2021
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  • Made this for Christmas Eve dinner and later declared that every Christmas Eve meal would be this lasagna! Very good, worth the effort. The ricotta….yummmm.

    Jenn – your website is my go-to site for recipes. They never dissapoint – brisket with onions, Chocolate Cream Pie, herb focaccia bread, baked ziti, I could go on and on. The next recipe I plan to try is the Avgolemono Chicken Soup!

    • — Kim S. on January 16, 2021
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    • 💗

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2021
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  • Love your recipes!
    How can I make the Sausage lasagna more tomatoey, as my husband puts it. It was absolutely delicious, but a bit dry in the middle. I feel that just adding more of the Sausage Bolognese would make it too heavy/rich. Should I just increase the tomato sauce part, but keep the sausage amount the same? Please advise!
    I don’t want to ruin your great recipe, but I also want to please my husband 😊
    Thank you!

    • — Gergana W on January 13, 2021
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    • Hi Gergana, Glad you like the recipes! And, sure, feel free to increase the tomato sauce portion of the recipe if you are finding the lasagna to be a little dry.

      • — Jenn on January 15, 2021
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  • What happened to the sausage lasagna recipe on this site?? Please bring it back!!!

    • — Stephanie Y on January 10, 2021
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    • Hi Stephanie, This is the same lasagna. I just reshot the pictures and tweaked the name. Sorry for any confusion! 🙂

      • — Jenn on January 11, 2021
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  • This was so delicious! One of the best lasagna recipes I’ve ever tried. Thanks for a great recipe! Family loved it as well.

    • — Carla P. on January 7, 2021
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  • Oh, my goodness — absolutely delicious! We made this for Christmas Eve dinner, and everyone loved it!

    • — Kathy K on January 4, 2021
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  • I made this Christmas Eve for 6 people and it was delicious! I used a pound of ground beef and a pound of Italian sausage and didn’t remove the meat (because I didn’t thoroughly read the recipe) but just added it all together and simmered it longer. A real keeper!

    • — Joyce Margaret Harrar on January 1, 2021
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  • I made the classic lasagna recipe for New Years Eve for my family. It was delicious! I did all of the preparation the day before so all I needed to do the day of was bake it. I followed the recipe exactly. While it was time consuming, it was well worth the effort. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks Jen-your recipes are terrific.
    Helen F

    • — Helen Freifeld on December 31, 2020
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  • I also made this recipe for our 2020 Christmas dinner. I made the sauce the day before which helped speed up the process on the day I made the lasagna. My husband bought chicken sausage rather than Italian pork sausage. It worked just fine. I had never used “ready to bake” noodles and almost substituted “real” lasagna noodles. I’m glad I didn’t…the ready to bake worked just fine! The recipe makes a lot, giving us enough for dinner, a portion to share with a neighbor, leftovers for another night’s dinner, and a container in our freezer for a future dinner. Another great Jen recipe!

    • — Diane on December 30, 2020
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  • Very good lasagna but very rich, one piece and you’re done! It’s my fault also for using egg noodles lasagna…too much! Tasty though so I’m going to try it again but replacing the sausage by ground meat, leaving the cream out from the sauce and reducing the cream cheese in the ricotta mix and no egg noodles… We’ll see🙂

    • — Francesca on December 30, 2020
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  • I made this for Christmas eve. It was the best lasagna I’ve ever made and can’t remember having a better one anywhere. I used part skim ricotta and half and half instead of heavy cream, and upped the veggies some, including fresh spinach – because more veggies is always better in my opinion. Thank you for your awesome website and recipes. I’ve recommended you and your site to several people.

    • — Sandy Peterson on December 30, 2020
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  • How can I make this recipe without any meat ? I also don’t like meat substitutes ? Can I just leave that ingredient out ? Should I double the cheese ? Thanks

    • — Daphna Gerendash on December 30, 2020
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    • Hi Daphna, If you want a meatless lasagna, I’d recommend this one. Hope you enjoy if you try it!

      • — Jenn on December 30, 2020
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  • OMG! The best tasting lasagna! I made smaller ones for all the members of my family. They loved the texture, delicious meat sauce, and the medley of flavors.
    My daughter loves mozzarella but doesn’t care for ricotta. Is there a substitute for ricotta? I don’t want to change anything else. I am hoping I could use some other kind of cheese? Thank you Jenn.

    • — Monica on December 29, 2020
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    • Hi Monica, although I haven’t tried this with cottage cheese I think that makes the most sense as a substitute for the ricotta. (And so glad all your family members enjoyed!)

      • — Jenn on December 29, 2020
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      • Thank you Jenn for responding so quickly. Last question, I promise, if I really don’t want to substitute the the ricotta, can I leave out the cream cheese?

        • — Monica Biegel on December 29, 2020
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        • Hi Monica, If you want to omit the cream cheese, I’d replace it with more ricotta.

          • — Jenn on December 31, 2020
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  • Hi Jen

    I note that this can be made the day before. Should the amount of sauce be increased if made a day in advance? I don’t want the end result to be dry.

    Also, I assume removal from fridge 30 minutes before baking is a good idea?

    Thanks!

    • — Carol on December 29, 2020
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    • Hi Carol, I don’t think you need to increase the sauce if you make this a day in advance but if it would make you feel more comfortable, you could add a touch more. And, sure, feel free to remove it from the fridge 30 minutes prior to baking to take the chill off. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 29, 2020
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  • This is the most amazing lasagne I have ever had in my life, even to my own recipe which I love!! I did add about a tsp of oregano to the sauce, and used 1/2 and 1/2 cream because it is what I had on hand, other than that I made it exactly! This is my new all-time favorite!

    • — patti on December 29, 2020
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  • Another delicious OUAC recipe! Every recipe of Jenn’s I’ve made is a home-run. I made this for the first-time for my Italian-food loving Dad’s birthday, and he said it was the “best lasagna he’s ever had”. It does take some prep time to make, but it is well worth it. I appreciated the no-boil lasagna noodles, and the ricotta/cream cheese mixture was a great spin on the traditional.

    • — Kim on December 28, 2020
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  • I have never been a big lasagne fan but after I saw your recipe featured in your recent email I decided to try it for Christmas dinner. It was a huge hit! I substituted half of the Italian sausage with Wagyu ground beef. Absolutely delicious! Thanks again for another great recipe.

    • — Reagan on December 27, 2020
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  • I thought this was excellent – I would however let it sit out a good half hour or 45 minutes – its so less sloppy as lasagne always is. I also used regular noodles and I soak them in boiling water for about 15 minutes and then assemble. They cook in the oven and they are not overcooked. I come from an Italian family where we never let anything sit too long LOL! I also thought the leftovers were great the next day.

    • — Karen on December 27, 2020
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  • Jenn, this is the best lasagna I have ever made, and my Italian husband said this was the best lasagna he ever ate. He said it brought back memories of his grandma’s Christmas lasagna, only it was even better, the italian sausage takes this to the next level! To anyone who hesitates because of the time involved, the ingredients, or the process, do it! Allow yourself 2 hours to prepare the sauce, assemble, and bake, and let it properly cool before cutting it, you won’t regret it. And resist the urge to substitute the sauce with a store-bought version…you won’t regret making it. The no-boil noodles are amazing, they definitely taste like fresh made noodles. Literally….once the lasagna was out of the oven, we were counting the time during the cooling process to enjoy this amazing dinner. Thank you so much, this is now on my once a month, Sunday dinner rotation!

    • — Bessie Hsu on December 26, 2020
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  • We scaled down our Christmas gathering this year and I made this lasagna for 6 people. It was incredible, everyone loved it. I also added a little tomato paste to the sauce. So good and we have plenty of leftovers. I love the addition of cream cheese to the ricotta mixture. This will be my go to lasagna recipe from now on.

    • — Emily H on December 26, 2020
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  • Excellent recipe. Made it just as described and it was delicious. It takes some time, but it is not hard to pull together. Another winner and family favorite.

    • — Cristina on December 26, 2020
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  • Delicious lasagne ! Thank you for your wonderful recipes.

    • — Maria on December 26, 2020
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  • Okay, I’ve been a Jenn Segal fan for several years and some of our very favorite recipes come from her site (and cookbooks), and I’m also a huge fan of lasagna and frequently order it at restaurants (in the Before Times) just to test out other approaches. This one is, hands down, the best I’ve ever had. Period. My husband and I spent several hours today preparing the lasagna for tonight and it was worth every bit of effort. I think I may throw out every other lasagna recipe I have, so I don’t get confused as to which is the best.

    • — Gail on December 25, 2020
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  • Despite being tentative about using oven ready lasagne and adding cream to the sauce, I have to say, this was delicious! It turned out beautiful and I was impressed. Guests enjoyed. Thank you for sharing, Jenn.

    • — Glinda on December 24, 2020
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    • Best lasagna I’ve ever made.

      • — Kris on December 26, 2020
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  • Tried this recipe yesterday for dinner, had it prepped the day before, for the sauce to really soak in the lasagnas. It was delicious!! Couldn’t believe I made this myself (with your help of course). I got so much compliments and think I really impressed all the guests. Made the 8-servings recipe, we were 6 and they asked for more… Thank you so much for sharing this, it will certainly become one of my classic!

    Wishing you a merry Christmas and a wonderful new year, all the way from Paris!

    • — Astrid Ljn on December 24, 2020
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  • We tried this recipe out the other day. It was the second from Once Upon a Chef for me. First time issues: the cheese topping got a little overdone on the top. Other than that, totally delicious and step-by-step straightforward. I would suggest getting all the ingredients measured and prepped, but that is a great family activity!

    Thanks for the recipe.

    • — Arj From Chicago on December 23, 2020
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  • Absolutely delicious but so are other lasagna recipes that aren’t so labor intensive. Loved it, however won’t make it again…..

    • — JoAnn Manthey on December 22, 2020
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  • Wow! I made this for a pal as a Christmas gift so I haven’t actually tried it BUT the reviews were outstanding! He couldn’t stop raving about how light, well-seasoned & delicious it was. I stood there for a good ten minutes as he went on and on about how it was the best lasagna he’s ever had, better than any restaurant’s offering. I admit I was a little worried about using the no-bake noodles since I’ve never used them before but apparently all was good. I didn’t change a thing from your recipe.

    • — Shannon on December 22, 2020
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  • I have a couple of questions on this very good looking Lasagne.
    1) What size baking dish did you use? And who fabricates it? I need one like that. I guess would like one.
    2)) The Lasagne noodles in picture look half size. Normally, aren’t they larger in length? Or are the no bake shorter?
    3))I want to buy your cookbook. However, it sure would be a lot easier if it were not bound, but in spiral so the the pages lie flat when using.
    Any chance this could happen?🤞🤞

    Love your recipes.
    Sunny D.☀️

    • — Sunny on December 21, 2020
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    • Hi Sunny, I use a 13 x 9-inch baking dish and the one in the pics is by Emile Henry. I believe that no-boil and traditional lasagna noodles are the same size. And regarding my cookbook, I appreciate you inquiring! Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be coming out in a spiral version — sorry! Hope you enjoy the lasagna if you make it. 🙂

      • — Jenn on December 22, 2020
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  • Hello Jenn,
    I am hoping to substitute cottage cheese for the ricotta cheese, which I’ve done with another lasagna recipe (my husband dislikes ricotta cheese).
    Will you please let me know if this is an acceptable substitution? If not, what do you recommend in lieu of the ricotta cheese?
    Thank you, Jenn.
    Dianne

    • — Dianne on December 20, 2020
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    • Hi Dianne, I haven’t made this with cottage cheese but I think it should work. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on December 21, 2020
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    • Hi Jenn,
      I made this recipe tonight substituting the cottage cheese (16 oz) for the both ricotta cheese and cream cheese. It was delicious. The only other change I made to make it “heart-healthy” was to use 1 lb of ground beef and 1/2 lb (2 and 1/2 links) of hot Italian sausage. I cooked the ground beef first, drained the fat and set aside before partially cooking the sausage, leaving the fat to saute the vegetables after removing the sausage. The lasagna had a hint of spice and the partial substitution of the ground beef did not sacrifice the flavor. My husband and two teen boys loved it; I did too! Thank you so much for all your consistently excellent recipes. I have repeatedly shared your recipes with family and friends. You are my “Go-To” chef! I wish you all the best in your cooking endeavors.
      – Dianne

      • — Dianne on December 28, 2020
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  • I agree with Kenneth, it is lasagne with an ‘e’ and it should be pasta sheets, noodles are shaped like spaghetti and used in Chinese dishes. And as it’s Italian the base is called a soffrito, mirepoix is French.
    I am looking forward to trying this different version.

    • — Jan Rutledge on December 19, 2020
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  • This is almost exactly like our old family recipe. The mirepoix adds so much depth to the flavor, you’d really miss it if it wasn’t there. We also add a couple of Tbs of sugar to the sauce, which seems to cut the acid of the tomatoes a bit. The Barilla no bake noodles are the best on the market, even their gluten free version tastes like fresh made pasta. One thing I do cheat with is the spreading of the ricotta. I usually make a mess of spreading the ricotta, pushing the noodles and sauce around. Now I simply put the mixture in a 1 gallon zip bag and cut 1/2″ off of a corner – turning it into a very neat frosting bag. We always make extra smaller aluminum trays to give to our elderly relatives who wouldn’t normally make lasagna for themselves. It freezes well and tastes even better the next day. It is a very tasty, very easy recipe.

    • — Cheesehead Mike on December 17, 2020
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  • Can’t wait to try this, what red wine do you suggest, I can read the brand, just not sure what kind of wine it is?

    • — Margie on December 17, 2020
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    • Hi Margie, The one I used is a blend. Any dry red — Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, etc. — will work well, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand to drink.

      • — Jenn on December 17, 2020
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  • Hi – is there a version that does not include pork? Can chicken sausage be substituted?

    • — Olivia on December 17, 2020
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    • Sure! Hope you enjoy. 🙂

      • — Jenn on December 17, 2020
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  • Just a correction, the correct name for this dish is Lasagne, with the “a” on the end would mean just one piece of pasta. This is a common mistake in the US, but you’d never see that in Italy!
    Thanks for your lovely recipe and your amazing work.

    • — Kenneth on December 17, 2020
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    • I’ve made this a few times now and my family loves it. Unfortunately, I’m a little slow in the kitchen — can I assemble this a day in advance and let it sit in the fridge to cook the next evening?

      • — Moira Leary on December 23, 2020
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      • Definitely, Moira — this is a great recipe to prep ahead.

        • — Jenn on December 23, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn, what can I sub in for the wine? We don’t drink alcohol. Many thanks.

    • — Shamim on December 17, 2020
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    • Hi Shamim, It’s fine to omit the wine. It will still taste great. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 17, 2020
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  • I’ve made this lasagna a couple of times for company and both times it was amazing! Made it just like the recipe reads and I wouldn’t make a single change. Jenn, you’ve perfected it to a T!!

    Thank you for sharing!

    • — Naz on December 16, 2020
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  • This was most excellent! I am very pleased to improve upon the lasagna which I had been making for the last thirty years. One thing which I added (idea stolen from a fab Italian restaurant in San Francisco) was to nestle in some quartered slices of salami in the layers. As I said, most excellent!

    • — Cheryl on November 23, 2020
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  • Question—after the first layer of sauce, noodles, ricotta mixture, do I start with noodles again or put sauce on top of the ricotta mixture? Thank you!

    • — Tracy on November 18, 2020
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    • Hi Tracy, put the sauce on top of the ricotta and then the next layer of noodles. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 18, 2020
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  • Hi Jen: I’m another #1 fan of your recipes. They never fail. I’m sure you’ve covered this topic before but…..what is the best way to grate (shred) fresh mozzarella cheese? I always end up with a gloppy mess.

    • — Becky on November 14, 2020
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    • So glad you like the recipes! If you have a hard time shredding mozzarella, I’d pop it into the freezer for 15 minutes before shredding it. That will make it a little firmer and easier to work with. 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 15, 2020
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  • Delicious and relatively quick for lasagna. I followed the recipe closely with two exceptions. I used one pound of fresh ground hot Italian sausage and a half pound of ground sirloin to lighten it a little. The flavor of the sausage came through beautifully I used less olive oil. I did not find the need to add more to sweat the veggies. I kept the full fat cheese. I will definitely make this recipe again.

    • — Kathie Briggs on October 28, 2020
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  • I LOVE this recipe! It’s so good! Is there a way I would be able to add spinach? Looking to sneak an extra veggie in.

    • — P on October 22, 2020
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    • Sure! A few people have commented that they’ve added spinach to this. Hope you enjoy. 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 23, 2020
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      • As a novice cook. I have to ask. Do I wilt down the spinach or add it fresh? On top or mixed in with ricotta mixture?

        • — P on October 27, 2020
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        • Hi P, you could either use frozen thawed chopped spinach or fresh wilted spinach (either one should be squeezed dry so they don’t add too much moisture to the dish) and I’d add it to the ricotta mixture. Please LMK how it turns out!

          • — Jenn on October 28, 2020
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    • My question is can I use just the cheese and omit the meat? I only eat cheese and spinach lasagne . Also can I use my own vegetarian tomato sauce? Would these changes need any tweaking? My lasagne is always a mess either runny or dry. Just can’t master this dish. Help!

      • — Michelle on December 17, 2020
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      • Hi Michelle, If you’d like a vegetarian version, I’d recommend this recipe. Hope you enjoy if you try it!

        • — Jenn on December 18, 2020
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