Simple Make-Ahead Lasagna Recipe

I was home from school for two days this week for mid-winter break. It was a lovely thing for many reasons, but the reason my family loved was that we would get a hearty meal that I didn’t have to whip together in less than 30-minutes.

Most things that take longer, I can make ahead on Sunday if it’s something we really want for dinner that week, but there is something so yummy about putting something together and baking it right there on the spot.

One of Cortney’s favorite meals is lasagna. I’ve seen a lot of lasagna recipes out there, but the one my mom always made for our family is a favorite and I have never felt the need to try anything new.




  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1lb canned tomato
  • 12oz tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • garlic
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 12 lasagna noodles (boiled)
  • 3 cups ricotta cheese OR cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • parsley flakes
  • dash salt
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 18 mozzarella cheese slices


Step 1
brown the ground beef and then add the tomato, tomato paste, basil, garlic, and salt. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
Step 2
boil the lasagna noodles as directed
Step 3
mix the ricotta (or cottage) cheese with the eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper.
Step 4
Assemble the lasagna in a well-greased 9x13 pan: noodles, cheese mix, mozzarella cheese, meat, repeat (I usually get three full layers, but if you make the layers super thick, you might only get two)
Step 5
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 375 degrees (or for 45 minutes if you refrigerate the lasagna before hand)

We like our lasagna with garlic bread and salad. Plus it makes for some yummy lunch leftovers!

What is one of your family’s favorite meals? Do you get to eat it often or is it just for special occasions? Or do you have a favorite lasagna recipe?

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