February 1, 2023

Easy Beef Lasagna

simple beef lasagna
Homemade Lasagna is a classic dish that isn’t hard at all when you use no boil lasagna noodles! This recipe uses simple ingredients and is filled with flavorful ground beef and ricotta cheese. If you want to make homemade marinara for this recipe, check out my easy recipe here.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8


For the Beef:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp onion
  • ¼ tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup marinara sauce

For Ricotta:

  • 15 oz whole milk ricotta
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

For the Lasagna:

  • 24 oz marinara sauce
  • 1 lb no boil lasagna sheets
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella


  • Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the ground beef, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Cook until browned, breaking up the meat into small crumbles. Drain off the fat and set aside. Mix with ½ cup sauce. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • In a bowl, combine the ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella, oregano, egg, garlic, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Drizzle the bottom of a 9x13 pan with olive oil. Spread about ½ cup of the marinara sauce into the bottom of the baking dish and add 2 tbsp water (this helps hydrate the no boil noodles) and layer with lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the meat mixture, a generous ½ cup of the tomato sauce, 1/3 of the ricotta mixture and about 1 cup of shredded mozzarella. Add 2 tbsp water. Repeat this process until you have 3 layers, ending with noodles and sauce. We will add more cheese later so it doesn’t stick to the foil! Pour ¼ cup water over the whole thing again and cover tightly with foil.
  • Bake for 25 -30 minutes and then add 1-2 cups of cheese (depending on how cheesy you like the top. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for 10 more minutes. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before serving so that the lasagna noodles can soak up all the extra moisture.
  • If you are making this in advance, after it is cooked, allow to cool completely, then cover and put in the fridge. Once it is fully chilled, it is so easy to cut into perfect squares!
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