Emeril's 1-2-3 Lasagna

"Emeril made this on an episode featuring cooking for kids. This was very filling and rich and tasty."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large saucepan, brown ground beef over medium heat, drain fat.
  • Season with some salt, pepper, and some Essence to taste).
  • Add the tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl fold together the ricotta cheese, eggs, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, 1/2 cup grated mozzarella, 1/2 tsp Essence, 1/2 tsp salt, parsley, basil, and b1/4 tsp black pepper.
  • Spread 1 cup of the tomato sauce in the bottom of a 3-quart (13 by 9 by 2-inch) casserole.
  • Lay 3 lasagna noodles lengthwise down the dish.
  • The noodles should not touch one another. Spoon 3/4 cup of the ricotta mixture over the noodles, and spread evenly with a rubber spatula.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup of the mozzarella evenly over the ricotta.
  • Repeat with the remaining ingredients, for a total of 4 layers of noodles.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella over the top layer of tomato sauce, and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan. Cover the casserole tightly with aluminum foil, and bake, covered, for 1 hour.
  • Remove the casserole from the oven, and remove the aluminum foil.
  • Return to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Elizabeth D.
    Just saw it says uncooked noodles. Will any brand of noodle work?
  2. Elizabeth D.
    Do the noodles have to be cooked.


  1. Roxygirl in Colorado
    I read lots of excellent reviews of this on the Food Network. I made this for a small dinner party and it worked out great! I did make Emeril's spaghetti sauce. This made an impressive tall piece (3 inches) and cut neatly. I used San Giorgio rippled lasagna noodles (uncooked) and they cooked up nice without being dry (I never took the foil off during cooking). Thanks HeatherFeather for posting! Roxygirl



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