Nothing helps me warm up on a cold winter night quite like homemade lasagna! Lasagna is God’s gift to busy people. It keeps in the freezer and fridge like a champ and is super simple to reheat. It pairs well with any salad (I love it with Caesar) but stands alone well too! My husband and I are trying to make meals that last a little bit longer and are easy for us to eat for lunches too. We also love a filling meal that you can make fairly in-expensively! Lasagna is all of those things! I can’t wait to share our favorite recipe with you today (source: https://www.spendwithpennies.com/easy-homemade-lasagna/). I love a spicy lasagna so I’ve changed the recipe slightly to give it a little zing! If you don’t like spicy, just adjust some of the meat and seasonings to your liking!
- 12 lasagna noodles (uncooked)
- 4 cups mozzarella cheese (shredded and divided)
- ½ cup parmesan cheese (shredded and divided)
- ½ pound ground beef
- ½ pound spicy Italian sausage
- 1 onion (diced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 36 ounces pasta sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 1 egg (beaten)
- parmesan cheese (half from above)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Follow the instructions on the box to cook your lasagna noodles al dente.
Brown the ground beef, Italian sausage, onion, garlic until the meat is fully cooked. Add pasta water, tomato sauce, and Italian seasoning.
Then make your cheese mixture. Simply mix the ricotta, egg, and parmesan together.
Snag your 9x13 pan and begin the layering process. Meat sauce layer + lasagna noodle layer + cheese mixture…repeat twice more.
Cover with foil and bake for 45 min. Save the remaining cheese! When the 45 min is over, remove the foil, add the remaining cheese to the top and bake for another 15 min.
Boom! You’re done! I usually let the lasagna sit for 10-15 min before cutting. Y’all, it’s so yummy!!! We usually eat some the night we cook it and then divide the rest into tupperware my husband can take to work or I can snag for a quick and easy lunch! Bonus: my kids love this recipe too! My daughter loves spicy things. My son doesn’t, so sometimes I’ll put fewer red pepper flakes in one corner of the baking dish and save those pieces for him. Like I said, you can adjust the recipe to what works best for your family!
This easy, money saving recipe is a staple in our house. Let us know if you try it too!
About the Author
Becca is in her early 30’s and lives just outside Seattle with her husband, whom she met on Tinder (crazy right!?), and her two kids Macey and Harrison. Life is pretty full with two young kids but in her “free time” Becca loves a good mani-pedi, a hike with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, or a day-date to bubble tea with her daughter. You can find her on Instagram here: www.Instagram.com/drivingmissmacey or her blog: www.drivingmissmacey.com.