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This homemade lasagna recipe is absolute comfort food in a casserole dish.

At some point, we all need some comfort food. Like it or not, food can feel reassuring and relaxing when life goes sideways. If life is throwing you a curveball right now, a good, cheesy, homemade lasagna can be just the thing to help out in that department.

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INGREDIENTS TO LASAGNA

Homemade lasagna is pretty versatile stuff. You can pick so many different veggies and sauces to use! Everything from butternut squash with white sauce (like this butternut squash lasagna) to mixed veggies and red sauce (like this vegetarian lasagna). This recipe leans more towards the traditional meat with veggies and red sauce.

THE MEAT
You can substitute beef here if you prefer it. I just personally don’t care for it much, so I don’t use it often. But it’s an easy substitution here in a 1:1 ratio.

THE SAUCE
The sauce you use should be one you really like. Mini Chef has a favorite marinara sauce, so I usually use that. But any tomato-based sauce will work here. So use what tastes best to you.

THE VEGETABLES
The vegetables are interchangeable. I wanted to use mushrooms here, but didn’t have any. No big deal! Have carrots and yellow squash? Switch them out with the zucchini and spinach! No big deal! Almost any veggies you want to add here will be tasty. So use what you have, even if they are canned.

A side view of this Homemade Lasagna Recipe shows the melted cheese oozing over the other ingredients in this single slice.

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE LASAGNA

The trick to making lasagna easy is to look at your lasagna as having three sections. The pasta, the filling and the cheese. Make your cheese blend first and set it aside. The make the filling while the pasta cooks. This order will make things more efficient and keep everything organized. Once your three sections are ready, you’ll be ready to assemble the lasagna.

TIPS FOR THE FINAL LAYER

I always oil my casserole dish and put a layer of noodles down first. This is pretty traditional and keeps your lasagna together from the bottom. But the top layer has some wiggle room.

Always finish things off with a layer of noodles and top that with cheese. That’s a given. But at this point, you have two options…

THE FOIL
You can cover the casserole dish with foil that you remove in the last ten minutes of baking for a soft top, or you can leave the foil off for until the last 20 minutes of cooking and then put the foil on at the end just to keep things from getting too brown. This will give you crunchy noodles on top.

I’ve made it both ways and kids usually like the crunch factor. Adults, not so much. The choice is yours.

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HOMEMADE LASAGNA RECIPE:

A square of this Homemade Lasagna Recipe sits on a white plate, showing off it's cheesy gooey-ness.

Homemade Lasagna Recipe

Delicious comfort in a single casserole dish.
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Course: Casserole, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 402kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Equipment

  • Casserole dish (should fit your noodles)

Ingredients

Cheese Blend

  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup grated mild cheddar (or mozzarella)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Pasta

  • 9 oz. box lasagna noodles

Meat Filling

  • 1 lb. ground turkey (or beef)
  • 1 cup chopped red onions
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. dried chives
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp. ground rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 1/2 cups marinara (or other tomato based sauce)
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 2 cups packed fresh spinach leaves

Instructions

Cheese Blend

  • Mix the three cheese together and set aside.
    A bowl filled with the cheese blend for this Homemade Lasagna Recipe

Pasta

  • Set to cook to package directions.

Meat Filling

  • Brown the meat in the oil with the onions.
    Brown the meat.
  • Once browned, stir in all the spices and salt.
  • Lastly, stir in the marinara, zucchini and spinach.
    Adding the veggies to the meat filling.
  • Cook briefly until the spinach is just wilted. Don't overcook the spinach. It's okay if the veggies are not fully cooked at this point. They will finish in the oven.
    The spinach in the meat filling just barely wilted into the sauce.

Final Assembly

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Set yourself up so you have all three portions of your lasagna set up assembly style with your casserole dish at the end.
  • Spray the casserole dish and lay down your first layer of noodles.
    Step one of layering the lasagna is laying down the noodles.
  • Layer on half of the meat filling and top that with a light coat of the cheese. (slightly less than 1/3)
    Step two of layering the lasagna is putting the meat filling over the noodles.
  • Top with noodles and repeat the last of the meat filling and cheese, again using slightly less than a 1/3 of the cheese blend.
    Topping the meat filling with a layer of cheese.
  • Finish with noodles on top and the rest of the cheese on top.
    The final layer of cheese over the noodles in this Homemade Lasagna Recipe
  • *See notes above on using foil now or later.
    Covering the lasagna dish with foil for baking.
  • Bake for 40 minutes.
  • *Again, see notes above on foil for properly finishing off your lasagna.
  • Remove lasagna from oven and allow to cool a bit before cutting into it.
    A final slice of this Homemade Lasagna Recipe on a white plate, ready to serve.
  • Serve with a green salad on the side for a complete meal.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1121mg | Potassium: 894mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1729IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 426mg | Iron: 6mg

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