Classic Homemade Lasagna Bake

My sweet husband has been begging forever for me to bake up some of his favorite lasagna.  Because I’m usually trying to fluff up a bit more exciting recipe to share with you guys, regular lasagna just doesn’t seem to make it on the menu plan all that often around here! But, this week I finally gave in and made just plain-ole’-nothing-fancy lasagna, and he was absolutely thrilled.  I’m betting your family will be too.


The veryfirst time we made this lasagna almost sixteen years ago,  we had a bit of a garlic nightmare on our hands, however my husband has completely changed his way-over-the-top-garlic ways.  The last time I sent him to Publix for two cloves of garlic, he came home with exactly that.  Two cloves of garlic.  Not the whole head, not even half a head, but two measly cloves that he tore apart in the produce department. (The cashier apparently thought it was a little strange but charged him just $.20 anyways.)


Guess I’ve turned him into a pennypincher too. 😉


Classic Homemade Lasagna Bake

  1. 3/4 Ground Beef Kroger Ground Chuck $2.69/lb sold in 5 lb roll for $13.45 or Lean Ground Beef on sale $4.49/lb. at Publix
  2. 1 cup chopped onion
  3. 2 cloves ground garlic
  4. 1 7 1/2 oz. can tomatoes cup up Use $0.40/3 Hunt’s Canned Tomatoes, exp. 10/28/12 (SS 09/16/12 R)
  5. 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  6. 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  7. 2 t. Italian Seasoning
  8. 1 tsp. Oregano
  9. 1/2 t. salt
  10. 1/2 t. pepper
  11. 6 lasagna noodles 
  12. 1 beaten egg
  13. 2 cups ricotta or cream style cottage cheese Use $1/1 Sorrento Ricotta Publix Store coupon from Publix Best Meals Happen at Home email,  Kroger Cottage Cheese on sale $1, Publix Cottage Cheese on sale $2.09, use $1/2 Market Pantry Cheese Item Target printable
  14. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  15. 1 tablespoon parsley
  16. 1 8 oz. package sliced mozzarella Sargento Cheese on sale $2 at Kroger 
  1. For meat sauce, in a large saucepan cook meat, onion and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender.
  2. Drain fat. Stir in undrained tomatoes; tomato sauce; tomato paste; Italian seasoning; oregano; salt & pepper.
  3. Bring to boiling; reduce heat.
  4. Cover & simmer for 15 minutes; stir occasionally.
  5. Meanwhile, cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain.
  6. For filling, combine egg, ricotta or cottage cheese, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, and the parsley flakes.
  7. Layer half of the cooked noodles in a 12×7 pan. Spread with half of the filling.
  8. Top with half of the meat sauce and half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese on top. Bake in a 375 oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes.


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  1. LOL – that’s so funny about the 2 cloves of garlic!

  2. Hilarious sounds like my husband…
    I put my lasagna noodles in hot tap water before I start. By the time the meat and ricotta are ready I simply take out the noodles and use them. No need to wait for them to cool down from the hassle of boiling.
    I make lasagne more often now just b/c I don’t have to boil the noodles.

  3. Is there an easy way to print this?

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