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Easy Lasagna

Easy Lasagna

My lasagna is always a hit and it couldn't be easier! I took some shortcuts -but if you work too hard, it's just not fun, right? Enjoy!! 

Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 456 kcal
Author Souper Chef Deb from Bowl Me Over

Ingredients

  • 2 1 lb. packages lasagna noodles uncooked
  • 2 32 oz jars Marinara sauce
  • 1 6 oz. pesto jar
  • 1 1/2 lb hamburger
  • 1 16 oz package sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 32 oz package ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cups mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Start by browning the hamburger & sausage. Add the onions and saute until the meat is well brown and the onions are soft. Drain off the excess fat and add the garlic. Saute for another minute or so - turn off the pan and allow the mixture to cool completely.
  3. Combine ricotta cheese and eggs and whisk together until light & fluffy. When the meat mixture is cool, add to the cheese and mix well. (If you add the meat before it cools the ricotta cheese will melt and the eggs will scramble!)
  4. Pour the sauce into a bowl and add a 1/4 cup pesto and 1 cup water to the sauce. Mix to combine.
  5. Assemble the lasagna - nope - I don't cook the noodles! Start by ladling sauce in the bottom of the lasagna pan. Top with noodles, cheese/meat mixture, sauce, mozzarella cheese, repeat, finishing with sauce on top, dot with mozzarella cheese. Dot with just a touch of pesto on top - just a couple teaspoons (not too much or it will get greasy on top). Cover tightly with tin foil. Sealing it completely.
  6. Place on a cookie sheet just in case the lasagna bubbles over. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Remove the foil and bake uncovered until browned and bubbly 20-30 minutes.
  7. If you are cooking this the day ahead, the next day you will just need to remove it from the refrigerator about 30 minutes to take the chill off. Return to the oven - 45-60 minutes until it is headed thru. Allow to sit for 20 minutes prior to serving.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Lasagna
Amount Per Serving
Calories 456 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Sodium 575mg 24%
Potassium 308mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 11.8%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 35.3%
Iron 9.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.