Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
This is the best lasagna ever!! The noodles are so nice and thin and there is NO PREBOILING!! I will never purchase any other lasagna other than Barilla. I've been making this now for 3 years and everyone agrees--the recipe makes the very best! The instructions are right on the back of the lasagna box. I usually make multiple batches and freeze them. Its a great housewarming or "new baby" meal for a friend!
- 1 (9 ounce) boxbarilla no-boil lasagna noodles
- 2 eggs
- 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
- 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
- 1 lb ground beef or 1 lb sausage, browned
- 2 (24 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce or 2 (24 ounce) jars pasta sauce
- parsley (to garnish)
- Preheat oven to 375.
- In bowl, combine beaten eggs, ricotta cheese and TWO cups of the mozzarella cheese and parmesan.
- If you choose not to use the parmesan, just add more mozzarella.
- Set aside.
- In a 13X9X3 pan, spread 1 cup of sauce on bottom of pan.
- Layer in the order, 4 uncooked lasagna noodles (they will overlap), then 1/3 part of the ricotta cheese mixture, half the browned meat, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, and 1 cup of spaghetti sauce.
- Next layer, 4 uncooked lasagna noodles, 1/3 part of the ricotta cheese mixture, and 1 1/2 Cups sauce.
- Next layer, 4 uncooked lasagna noodles, remaining ricotta mixture and remained meat, 1 cup of sauce.
- For top layer, 4 uncooked lasagna noodles, remaining sauce, and remaining 1 cup mozzarella.
- Bake covered with foil for 50-60 minutes.
- Uncover and continue cooking until all the cheese is melted on the top (about 5 minutes).
- Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
- If you are using a 13X9X2 pan---just make 3 layers to avoid boiling over.
I made this last week and it turned out great! I made two pans (8x8") instead of the 9x13". I cooked one and froze the other. The Barilla hotline instructions said to thaw in refrigerator 24 hours, then cook 2 hours. How convenient!
I've been making this recipe for years and it truly is great as is .... BUT it is BETTER if you have a little extra to spend on it for a special occasion.
Use the ingredients as on the original recipe ... BUT I use a pound of lean ground beef PLUS a pound of mild italian sausage (cooking them together).
Drain the meat and mix it with the 2 cups of Mozarella called for in the layering process.
Add an additional 15 oz. Ricotta to the meat & Mozarella mixture.
Add an additional 1/2 jar of sauce.
Finally, since the Mozzarella is all in the meat mixture, top the casserole with 1 c. of fresh Parmesean.
No additional baking time is required.
It's really hearty and my husband loved it.
I've used this recipe for a long time, using extra sauce, especially around the edges which carmelizes nicely, and using my meatball recipe for the meat. Barilla has changed the box recipe to something else so I'm glad someone put it on-line. As far as the recommendations to freeze it before baking, I have always baked the whole pan, then sliced up entrée-sized chunks to freeze for a quick microwave dinner. Never noticed a lack in quality from freezing and kind of feel it's a waste of electricity not to cook enough to freeze some for later.