Classic Beef Lasagna: Hearty Family Favorite Recipe

They say that the heart of any family gathering is the food shared, and nothing embodies this sentiment more than our Classic Beef Lasagna. This cherished recipe has been passed down through generations, bringing comfort and joy to countless family dinners. The aroma of rich, slow-simmered tomato sauce, layered with perfectly seasoned ground beef and velvety béchamel, wafts through the kitchen, evoking memories of laughter and togetherness.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until softened.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, dried basil, salt, and black pepper to the skillet. Simmer the sauce for 20 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese and egg. Mix well.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  5. Spread a thin layer of meat sauce at the bottom of a baking dish. Top with a layer of lasagna noodles.
  6. Spread half of the ricotta mixture over the noodles, then sprinkle a layer of mozzarella cheese.
  7. Repeat the layers: meat sauce, noodles, ricotta mixture, mozzarella cheese.
  8. For the final layer, top with noodles, remaining meat sauce, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese.
  9. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 25 minutes, until the top is golden and bubbly.
  10. Sprinkle fresh parsley over the lasagna before serving.

Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 50 minutes | Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Our Classic Beef Lasagna brings a rich and hearty flavor to the table. Layers of tender lasagna noodles, savory ground beef sauce, creamy ricotta, and gooey mozzarella create a symphony of tastes that everyone will love. This dish is not only a delicious indulgence but also a nostalgic journey through cherished family moments.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 380 | Total Fat: 18g | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 25g

As you take the first bite of this Classic Beef Lasagna, you’ll taste the warmth of tradition and the love that has been poured into its creation. It’s more than just a meal; it’s a reminder of the moments we hold dear, and a promise of many more to come.