Quick Meatball Lasagna

"I found this recipe in the San Antonio Express News in response to a recipe search."
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins


  • 2 (16 ounce) packages cooked italian-style meatballs, thawed (approximately 60 meatballs)
  • 2 (26 ounce) jars smooth-style marinara sauce or (26 ounce) jars your favorite pasta sauce
  • 9 lasagna noodles, no cook (or traditional, cooked)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 (15 ounce) container light ricotta cheese (fat free ok)
  • 2 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 14 cup parmesan cheese, grated or shredded


  • Slice thawed meatballs in half.
  • Set aside.
  • Spray 13 x 9 baking dish with oil spray.
  • Spread 1 cup sauce evenly in bottom of dish.
  • Place 3 uncooked noodles over sauce.
  • Set aside.
  • Place egg in 1-quart bowl and beat with whisk.
  • Add ricotta cheese to egg and stir well to blend.
  • Dollop half of ricotta mixture evenly over noodles.
  • Top ricotta with half of the meatballs.
  • Pour 1 1/2 cups sauce over meatballs and place 3 more uncooked noodles over them.
  • Pour 1 1/2 cups of sauce over meatballs.
  • Place 3 more noodles over meatballs and pour remaining sauce (about 2 cups) evenly on top, spreading evenly.
  • Make sure all noodles are well coated with sauce.
  • Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with oil spray, and cover lasagna tightly, oil side down.
  • Bake 1 hour at 350ºF.
  • Remove dish from oven, uncover.
  • Spoon some sauce from edges over exposed top noodles.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses evenly over top.
  • Turn oven OFF and place dish, uncovered, in oven for 15 minutes more.
  • Serve at once or remove lasana from oven and let rest (up to 15 minutes) until ready to serve.

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  1. Easy. Whole family loved it. Will make again and probably add olives to half for my husband and I.
  2. Easy, basic, fantastic recipe ~ especially for a family with lots of little ones! They loved the meatballs, I loved how easy it was to make a delicious, hearty meal the whole family would enjoy! The only changes I made were to use cottage cheese, rather than ricotta (it was what I had on hand), and I increased the amounts to fit a larger baking dish. In the future, I may play around with the flavors in the sauce - yet it was a delicious comfort-food as is!
  3. This is an old favorite in our house-I make a few changes to the pasta sauce by adding mushrooms-italian seasoning and a bit of red wine.



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