What's more comforting then enjoying a nice cheesy slice of homemade beef lasagna? This meal is quick, easy, and affordable ingredients.
One of the recipes that I remember my mom making when I was a kid was lasagna. It was probably the first dinner I learned to make. I sometimes experiment with different ingredients, but my favorite recipe is always the traditional way I grew up eating lasagna with ground beef. I even use the same pasta sauce that she uses.
This recipe only has 5 ingredients and costs no more than $20.00 to make. Any brand of lasagna noodles and pasta sauce will work. These ingredients tend to me inexpensive.
Lasagna is the perfect make ahead meal too. You can put together the lasagna a day ahead and bake it when you are ready to eat. This is especially helpful when you're pressed for time. Although this recipe only takes under an hour to make we all have nights when dinner needs to be on the table even quicker.
Tips to make homemade lasagna with ground beef:
I always use lower fat ingredients including part-skim mozzarella cheese and part-skim ricotta cheese. Ground beef is not generally a lean meat although you can purchase leaner beef. The leaner the beef the less fat that will be in the pan when you fry the ground beef.
If you do have a lot of grease, drain it off. I also rinse the beef under hot water to remove additional grease. I use an organic grass fed beef that is pretty lean, so don't need to drain off the fat.
A lower fat option would be to use ground turkey or chicken. A plant-based lasagna is delicious so with lots of vegetables instead of meat.
In our home we rarely go out to dinner and only order take out (usually Chinese) once a month or so. We rely heavily on meals that give us leftovers. This week is a really busy week so I made chili on Sunday and lasagna on Monday and have leftovers of both now for the week. This lasagna also freezes well so you can freeze the left overs and save them for another time.
- 9 lasagna noodles cooked
- 1 lb ground beef
- 15 ounce container part skim Ricotta Cheese
- 1 ½ cups part skim shredded Mozzarella Cheese divided
- 1 Jar of tomato sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions.
- Meanwhile cook ground beef in a fry pan until cooked all the way through. Drain off grease if you have any.
To assemble lasagna:
- Spread a small layer of sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan.
- Place 3 lasagna noodles side by side on top of sauce.
- On top of noodles place half of the ground beef, half of the Ricotta cheese, ⅓ cup of Mozzarella, and sauce.
- Repeat this for one more layer.
- Top last layer with 3 lasagna noodles. Pour remaining sauce over noodles, Top with remaining Mozzarella.
- Bake until cheese is melted for about 20-25 minutes.
Do you remember the first recipe you learned to make? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear about your families traditional recipes!