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Cheese Lasagna

Everyone will love this classic cheese lasagna recipe! Layers of parmesan, ricotta, and mozzarella cheeses make for one delicious dinner that is easy to make. 

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This Cheese Lasagna is always a hit!

It’s a classic recipe that everyone will love. This is a great homemade lasagna recipe to try if you have never made it before and is very beginner friendly.

It is always a favorite, and features 3 kinds of cheeses, just like our Three Cheese Baked Ziti.

This recipe is simple to make and tastes delicious! Just layer it all up, and bake until you have bubbly cheesy goodness making your house smell like heaven. 

ingredients needed to make lasagna

Ricotta Cheese Lasagna ingredients

  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Egg
  • Dried oregano
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Pasta sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Oven ready lasagna noodles
  • Fresh basil
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What kind of pasta sauce should I use?

While you can use any kind, I recommend spending a bit extra to get a good quality pasta sauce. The flavor makes a big difference I have found! We like Rao’s brand pasta sauce.

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What are the best cheeses for lasagna?

The best cheeses for lasagna are a combination of ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese.

What is the best Ricotta Cheese for Lasagna?

Whole milk ricotta cheese is the best ricotta to use for lasagna.

How to make Lasagna with Ricotta Cheese

First, we start off with cooking fresh garlic and onion to add extra flavor to the sauce. 

Next, mix up the ricotta cheese, egg, parmesan, oregano, and fresh basil. 

Now it’s time to layer! You will do three layers of the following: lasagna noodles, ricotta parmesan mixture, pasta sauce, and mozzarella cheese. 

How to layer a Lasagna

  1. Spread a thin layer of pasta sauce to the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish
  2. Layer 3 lasagna noodles on top of the sauce
  3. Spread out a layer of the ricotta mixture over the lasagna noodles
  4. Top with a layer of sauce, then mozzarella cheese
  5. Repeat the layers of lasagna noodles, ricotta, sauce, and cheese two more times, ending with the mozzarella on top

Once the three cheese lasagna is assembled, cover it with foil and bake at 375 degrees until hot and bubbly. 

If you like those crispy edges and a firmer top, remove the foil for the last 5 minutes or so to let the cheese crisp up and get nice and browned.

How long to bake lasagna at 350

Cover your lasagna with foil and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.

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How to serve Ricotta Cheese Lasagna

Serve this dinner with a little side salad and some crusty garlic bread for a perfect meal! This would be absolutely delicious paired with a Caesar salad.

How to store Three Cheese Lasagna

Store leftover three cheese lasagna in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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FAQs for this Lasagna Recipe with Ricotta Cheese

How many layers does lasagna usually have?

Most lasagna recipes have a minimum of three layers.

Do you add egg to ricotta for lasagna?

Yes, adding an egg to the ricotta helps to bind together the ricotta filling to stay together when the lasagna is cut.

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Cheese Lasagna

Yield: 12 pieces
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Three cheese lasagna with mozzarella, parmesan, and ricotta cheeses. This classic lasagna makes an easy and tasty dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 25 oz jar of good quality pasta sauce
  • 2 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 9 oven ready lasagna noodles
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Add the garlic and onion to a skillet with the olive oil. Cook over medium heat for around 10 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is softened. Add the pasta sauce, stir, and set aside
  2. In a bowl, stir to combine the grated parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, oregano, egg, and fresh basil.
  3. Grease a 9 X 13 casserole dish with cooking spray
  4. Add ⅓ cup sauce to the bottom of the dish and spread it out
  5. Add 3 lasagna noodles
  6. Place 1 cup of the ricotta mixture and spread out over the noodles
  7. Add 1 cup of the sauce and spread out over the top
  8. Sprinkle on ½ cup of mozzarella cheese
  9. Add the next layer: 3 noodles, 1 cup of ricotta mixture, 1 cup of sauce, and ½ cup of mozzarella cheese
  10. For the final layer, add 3 noodles, the rest of the ricotta mixture, the rest of the sauce, and the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella over the top
  11. Cover the cheese lasagna with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
  12. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes
  13. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before cutting
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 619mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 15g

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Steph

Monday 13th of December 2021

I've never made lasagna before and this recipe sounds delicious. Do I boil the noodles first or put them in uncooked?

Mili

Sunday 27th of February 2022

@Joy Shull, can I use the regular lasagna instead of oven ready one? If yes, would the process be the same?

Joy Shull

Thursday 16th of December 2021

This recipe uses oven ready ones, uncooked when they go on :)

Jackie Walker

Wednesday 20th of October 2021

Have you made this and frozen and then cooked it? I am freezing it for future(I have a kitchen reno coming up). I'm not sure if I should defrost first ot cook from frozen. It smells amazing!

Joy Shull

Saturday 6th of November 2021

I haven't but I think it would work ok either way! You just may need to adjust the cook time.

Rebecca Greenfield

Thursday 14th of October 2021

Very delicious! Just wish I added some salt to the pasta sauce

Route66Gal

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

are the noodles the no boil ones?

Joy Shull

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

I used regular lasagna noodles.

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