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An easy, classic lasagna recipe just like your grandma made. 

Easy Classic Lasagna ~ Growing Up Gabel

 The thing about lasagna is that it seems like it should be easy to make, but all too often, my attempts would fall short.  I’ve tried everything — pre-cooked noodles/no cook noodles; ricotta cheese/cottage cheese; ground beef/crumbled sausage; homemade sauce/store bought sauce…. I’ve done it all and this is the best recipe I’ve come up with.

It’s pretty standard and basic, but it works!  For best results, I like to make this and let it stand for a while so it’s not too runny when serving.

You can make this in a 9×13 pan or divide it in to two, 8 or 9 inch square pans — one for dinner and one to freeze for later.

Easy Lasagna

Easy Classic Lasagna ~ Growing Up Gabel

A classic lasagna recipe your entire family will love.


  • 1/2 package lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 1/2 cups homemade marinara sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained


  1. Combine cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan, and eggs in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add pasta sauce to cooked meat (right in the pan is fine) and mix well.
  3. Spread 1 cup meat sauce on bottom of 9x13 baking dish (1/2 cup in each of smaller dishes).
  4. Place a third of the noodles over meat sauce. Spread half the cheese mixture over the pasta and then top with a third of the meat sauce.
    Repeat #4 again.
  5. Top meat sauce with remaining pasta and then the remaining meat sauce. Cover with foil.
  6. At this point you can freeze the lasagna or continue on.
  7. Bake (covered) in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 1 hour.
  8. Uncover and sprinkle remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese over the top of the lasagna. Bake until cheese is bubbly and browning, about 5 minutes.
  9. Let stand for at least 15 minutes before cutting to serve.


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  • Miz Helen
    October 15, 2012

    Hi Camille,
    Your Lasagna looks so good, really delicious. Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Lois Christensen
    October 12, 2012

    That’s a cute story! Your lasagna recipe sounds great. Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE

  • AutismUnited
    October 12, 2012

    I started making your treat bags last night, kids are so excited. Now they want me to make for their classmates at school. Instead of giving out candies on party day.

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