Best Homemade Lasagna Ever

Are you ready for the best homemade lasagna ever?

Once your family digs their forks into this luscious 5-cheese meaty lasagna, you’ll never use another lasagna recipe again!

For decades my family has been making our meaty lasagna for Christmas Eve dinner – YES it’s that good!!

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5-Cheese Meaty Lasagna

It’s hard to imagine a classic lasagna recipe without lots of luscious cheese. 

Three of the most common types of cheese found in traditional lasagna recipes are mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan. 

This recipe builds on this delicious cheesy foundation with the addition of freshly grated Asiago and shredded Gruyere. 

cut piece of best lasagna ever!

This recipe is easier to prepare if you have the meat sauce prepared ahead of time. 

Fortunately, this meat sauce recipe can be made in large batches that freeze beautifully for future use!

Get ready for the best homemade lasagna ever!

fresh out of the oven in glass pan

Best Homemade Lasagna Ever

Ingredients for Lasagna:

  • 4 c. meat sauce (separate recipe included)
  • 12 whole lasagna noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 24 oz. container ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 T. Italian seasoning, divided
  • ½ c. fresh parsley, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 t. kosher salt
  • 1 t. black pepper
  • 1 8 oz. package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 8 oz. package shredded Gruyere cheese, divided
  • ¾ c. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • ¾ c. Asiago cheese, freshly grated
plated piece of lasagna

Directions for Best Homemade Lasagna Ever:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Step 2: In a large glass bowl, combine ricotta cheese, beaten egg, 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning, and fresh parsley. Stir to combine. 

Step 3: Spray a 13 x 9” glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Add enough meat sauce to cover the bottom of the pan and then cover with 3 lasagna noodles.

Step 4: Top with an even layer of the ricotta cheese mixture, followed by a layer of shredded mozzarella and Gruyere cheese, using equal amounts of each. 

Step 5: Finish with a layer of grated Parmesan and Asiago cheese, also in equal amounts. 

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Step 6: Repeat this process three more times: meat, noodles, ricotta mixture, shredded cheeses, and grated cheeses. Sprinkle the remaining Italian seasoning across the final layer. 

in process

Step 7: Loosely tent dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. 

Step 8: Remove foil and continue baking for another 20-25 minutes. 

Step 9: Remove from oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes before serving.  

close up of best homemade lasagna

TIP: For best results in this recipe, pulse 4 cups of the chunky meat sauce in a food processor prior to using.

Also, tthe key to keeping lasagna from getting soupy is to make sure your noodles are thoroughly dried before assembling your lasagna. 

After preparing noodles according to package instructions, arrange them in a single layer on large cookie sheets sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. 

Gently pat noodles dry with a paper towel. 

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Turn over and repeat. 

Allow to air dry until all excess moisture is gone. 

homemade lasagna in a glass pan
Best Homemade Lasagna Ever

Best Homemade Lasagna Ever

Yield: 8

Are you ready for the best homemade lasagna ever? Once your family digs their forks into this luscious 5-cheese meaty lasagna, you’ll never use another lasagna recipe again!

Ingredients

  • 4 c. meat sauce (separate recipe included)
  • 12 whole lasagna noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 24 oz. container ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 T. Italian seasoning, divided
  • ½ c. fresh parsley, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 t. kosher salt
  • 1 t. black pepper
  • 1 8 oz. package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 8 oz. package shredded Gruyere cheese, divided
  • ¾ c. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • ¾ c. Asiago cheese, freshly grated

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large glass bowl, combine ricotta cheese, beaten egg, 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning, and fresh parsley. Stir to combine.
  3. Spray a 13 x 9” glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Add enough meat sauce to cover the bottom of the pan and then cover with 3 lasagna noodles.
  4. Top with an even layer of the ricotta cheese mixture, followed by a layer of shredded mozzarella and Gruyere cheese, using equal amounts of each. 
  5. Finish with a layer of grated Parmesan and Asiago cheese, also in equal amounts. 
  6. Repeat this process three more times: meat, noodles, ricotta mixture, shredded cheeses, and grated cheeses. Sprinkle the remaining Italian seasoning across the final layer. 
  7. Loosely tent dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. 
  8. Remove foil and continue baking for another 20-25 minutes. 
  9. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes before serving. 

Notes

The key to keeping lasagna from getting soupy is to make sure your noodles are thoroughly dried before assembling your lasagna. 

After preparing noodles according to package instructions, arrange them in a single layer on large cookie sheets sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. 

Gently pat noodles dry with a paper towel. Turn over and repeat. Allow to air dry until all excess moisture is gone. 

Also, for best results in this recipe, pulse 4 cups of the chunky meat sauce in a food processor prior to using.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 654Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 1565mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 6gSugar: 12gProtein: 41g

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