We think this is perfect recipe for Lazy Lasagna! Soft, tender noodles, rich pasta sauce and seasoned ground beef are baked to cheesy perfection. And, if you are still short on time, we’ve included a few extra nifty shortcuts!
Why You Will Love Lazy Lasagna
- EASY – Just a couple easy steps and a couple simple ingredients to a hearty, authentic Italian Meal!
- GREAT FAMILY DINNER – Make enough to satisfy even the hungriest families. And you’ll have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
- DELICIOUS – Seasoned ground beef and rich tomato pasta sauce is layered in tender lasagna noodles and baked with TONS of cheese. Yum!
What Is Lazy Lasagna?
If you look around google, it seems that everyone has their own unique take on Lazy Lasagna. Obviously, this version of Lasagna is going to be easier than a full on, traditional, made from scratch Lasagna meal. We are going to be taking some shortcuts. I’ve seen some people only have 3 ingredients in their version of Lazy Lasagna! We are all about simplicity here at Bubba Pie, but that’s a little to simple for us.
Our version strikes a nice balance between TOO HARD and TOO EASY! But, we’ve also given you some more shortcuts below if you want to simplify it even more or if you are short on time!
We are keeping our ingredients pretty simple and straightforward here. You probably already have most of these in your pantry or fridge!
- GROUND BEEF – We used 80% lean ground beef. But you can use whatever you’d like. You can also try using Italian Sausage. Or you could also substitute ground turkey or ground chicken for a lighter version of this dish.
- ONION – Chopped. We use a Yellow Onion due to it’ sweeter, milder flavor.
- GARLIC – Minced.
- MARINARA SAUCE – Just any store bought sauce will do.
- RICOTTA CHEESE – Light, fluffy cheese that everyone LOVES in their lasagna.
- COTTAGE CHEESE – We mix this together with the Ricotta Cheese for that creamy, cheesy layer!
- PARMESAN CHEESE – Recommend grating our own fresh parmesan cheese if possible. Rather than buy the pre-shredded stuff.
- SEASONINGS – Salt, Black Pepper, Italian Seasoning.
- LASAGNA NOODLES – Halved and cooked.
- MOZZARELLA CHEESE – We end this dish by sprinkling some mozzarella cheese on top!
Can You Make Lazy Lasagna Ahead Of Time?
Yes, you can prepare and layer this dish and keep it in your fridge for up to 24 hours ahead of time. Then, just pop it in the oven when you are ready to go!
You can also freeze the lasagna after you have prepared it and before you cook it. Just assemble it as directed and it will good in your freezer for 3-4 months. Just thaw out in the refrigerator when ready to bake.
Storage, Leftovers and Freezing
Leftovers should be good in your fridge for up to 3 days. We like to use this Le Creuset Casserole Dish because it comes with a lid! You can just keep your leftovers right in the dish you cooked it in!
Or, if you are looking for something a little less expensive, this one works great too!
You can also freeze your leftovers. I’d recommend dividing the lasagna into individual portions and putting them in freezer bags. These gallon sized freezer bags work great! They are tough, durable and have new grip and seal technology that makes them super easy to open and close. Now you can just take out what you need when you need it! Great for an easy family dinner! Just reheat the lasagna in an oven preheated to 375 for 30 minutes or until warm in the center.
Healthier Lazy Lasagna
We all know that traditional lasagna isn’t know as a “health food”. But that doesn’t mean we can’t skinny it up in some places.
- Substitute ground beef for ground turkey. Or add some more flavor by trying turkey sausage.
- Use whole grain pasta.
- Use Skim Ricotta Cheese and low fat cottage cheese.
- Add some spinach to this recipe. I’d just put some leaves above that first layer of noodles.
Notes, Variations and FAQs
- NO BOIL LASAGNA NOODLES – This is a MAJOR time saver! These noodles are ready to straight into the oven without having to cook them first. Not only do they work just fine, some people actually think they work better than traditional noodles you have to cook first! One thing to mention: no boil noodles DO soak up a lot of moisture when baked in the oven. So make sure you feed them lots of sauce. You may need to up the marinara sauce for this recipe.
- DO YOU NEED TO USE LASAGNA NOODLES? – Nope! While this recipe makes great use of those pesky broken lasagna noodles you have laying around, you can use, really, any pasta you’d like. That would make this more like a pasta casserole, which is fine with us!
- BUY A PREMADE LASAGNA SAUCE – Skip out on browning the meat and mixing in seasonings with the marinara sauce by buying a premade meat sauce.
- USE AN ITALIAN CHEESE BLEND– This may be a little easier and less expensive than buying mozzarella and parmesan cheese and should work just fine.
LOOKING FOR MORE EASY FAMILY DINNERS? CHECK OUT:
- TACO LASAGNA
- CROCK POT MEXICAN CASSEROLE
- BROCCOLI CHEDDAR CHICKEN CASSEROLE
- HAMBURGER HOTDISH
We hope you enjoy this Easy Lazy Lasagna Recipe. Serve with a side salad and/or some garlic bread! We’d love to hear how it turns out in the comments. Thanks for reading!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 jars marinara sauce
- 15 ounces ricotta cheese
- 16 ounces cottage cheese
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 6 lasagna noodles halved and cooked
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Brown the ground beef in a large skillet with the onion and garlic. When the meat is cooked through, stir in the sauce and remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, stir the ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
- Spread a layer of sauce over the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Top the sauce with a layer of lasagna noodles.
- Spread a layer of ricotta cheese mixture over the noodles, topped by a layer of sauce and a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Continue layering the pasta, ricotta cheese, sauce, and shredded cheese until all the pasta has been used. Top the lasagna with a layer of sauce and remaining cheese.
- Cover the pan with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, then remove the covering and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until the cheese is beginning to brown.
- Allow the lasagna to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.