Easy Homemade Oven-Ready Lasagna

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Mamma Mia, that is a spicy meatball! Unfortunately, meatballs are not what I need to satisfy my hunger. I need an easy homemade oven-ready lasagna recipe. This will have me eating like an Italian king! I do not care if it is a traditional lasagna recipe.

Not Your Traditional Lasagna Recipe

I love lasagna more than an orange lazy cat. This cat may or may not be able to talk, but that is another story.

Lasagna is so delicious, whether it is an easy homemade oven-ready lasagna recipe or a traditional lasagna recipe. Moreover, this should not be surprising because all Italian food is delicious.

I guess that is why I was inspired to make the sub pizza recipe. Also, pepperoni pizza is an amazing Italian dish to eat as well.

My first time creating lasagna was a bit of a doozy. The lasagna came out great taste-wise, but due to the oil that I used, the lasagna was a bit on the well-done side.

No worries though because at that moment I knew I had the potential to make some awesome lasagna.

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Do Easy Homemade Oven-Ready Lasagna Recipes Need Ricotta?

Easy homemade oven-ready lasagna recipes typically use ricotta, however, cottage cheese can be a substitute.

Cottage cheese is usually used on an oven-ready lasagna recipe when the individual wants to eat lasagna with a lower fat and calorie content.

A traditional lasagna recipe is more traditional than an oven-ready lasagna recipe, go figure.

I mean, it is a “traditional” recipe, after all. The reason for that is because traditional lasagna is made with bechamel white sauce instead of ricotta.

How Many Layers Should A Lasagna Have?

There is not a particular amount of layers needed to create an easy homemade oven-ready lasagna recipe or a traditional lasagna recipe.

The number of layers used for your lasagna will be based on your preference.

For this recipe, we will use 8 sheets of lasagna pasta.

This will be approximately 7 ounces. Additionally, the number of layers used for lasagna will determine the time the food will take to cook.

With 8 layers at 375 degrees, the lasagna will cook in 30 minutes.

Also, be mindful that the amount of sauce used for your lasagna will be based on the number of layers your lasagna has.

You do not want your lasagna to be watery because you used too much sauce, however, the more layers you are using, the more sauce you can use.

Do You Have To Cover The Easy Homemade Oven-Ready Lasagna With Foil?

It is in your best interest to cover your lasagna with foil while it is cooking in the oven.

The reason for this is that the foil covering the lasagna captures the steam that the lasagna is letting out.

This will keep the lasagna moist.

If you were to cook the lasagna uncovered, the food will become dry.

So, to answer the question, no, you do not have to cover up the lasagna with foil while it is cooking if you like to eat dry lasagna.

Hey, if dry and hard lasagna is your thing, then live your truth in hard and dry lasagna paradise.

Why Is My Lasagna Watery?

I love a saucy lasagna! Put extra sauce on my lasagna and do not question my decision because I know what I like.

With that being said, everything is best in moderation.

I may like sauce more than the average person, however, I do not care to eat a watery lasagna.

Watery lasagna is caused by having too much sauce and not enough layers.

The solution for this is to use your sauce in moderation.

Is No-Boil Lasagna Any Good?

Yes, no-boil lasagna is excellent if you are using oven-ready lasagna sheets.

If you are not using oven-ready lasagna sheets, then your lasagna will not come out so good.

You may be eating some hard and stale lasagna.

In the case of using lasagna sheets that are not oven-ready, you will need to boil them before cooking if you want a decent lasagna.

Do You Cook Lasagna Sheets Before Baking?

This will depend on what kind of lasagna sheets you are using. For the easy homemade oven-ready lasagna recipe, cooking the lasagna sheets before baking is not needed.

For the traditional lasagna recipe, cooking the lasagna sheets before baking is necessary if you are not using oven-ready lasagna sheets.

Why Does Lasagna Taste Better The Next Day?

Any meal with tomato sauce and garlic cloves is better the day after it is cooked. To be honest, I do not know why lasagna is better the next day, but I am not complaining.

Why Is Lasagna So Good?

What makes lasagna so good is how compatible all the ingredients are with one another.

A tomato sauce as the base, layered with pasta, meat, cheese, and vegetables that are seasoned to perfection.

How Long Should You Let Lasagna Sit Before Cutting?

When you are hungry, it really does not matter when you cut the lasagna. However, to have less of a messy situation, it is best to wait 15-20 minutes before cutting the lasagna.

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Making The Easy Homemade Oven-Ready Lasagna Recipe

Serving Size: 8

  • Lasagna Sauce:
    • 7 oz Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles Or 8 sheets Of Oven Ready Lasagna Noodle
    • 1 Lb Ground Turkey Or Ground Beef
    • 1 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper
    • 6 Oz Onion, Chopped
    • 5 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
    • 2 Tsp Black Pepper
    • 2 Tsp Basil Leaves
    • 1 ½ Tsp Oregano Leaves
    • 1 ½ Tsp Dry Thyme Leaves
    • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder
    • 2 ½ Cup Crushed Tomatoes
    • 1 Tsp Chicken Bouillon
    • 1 ½ Cup Water
    • 3 Tsp Salt
    • 2 1/2 Tsp White Sugar
    • 1 Lb Sharp Cheese, Shredded
    • 1 Lb Mozzarella, Shredded
  • Flavored ricotta cheese:
    • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
    • 15 Oz Ricotta Cheese
    • 1 Tsp Basil Leaves
    • A Tbsp Grated Parmesan
    • 1 Tsp Salt
  • Equipment
    • Pot
    • Mixing Spoon
    • Mixing Bowl
    • Casserole Dish
    • Stove Top
    • Oven
    • Spatula
    • Knife

Preheat The Oven

  • Preheat oven to 375.

Creating The Lasagna Sauce

  • Mix ground turkey or ground beef, chicken flavor bouillon, and water together.
  • Add other ingredients, then cook for 30 minutes.

Creating The Flavored Ricotta Cheese

  • Mix the ricotta cheese, onion powder, basil leaves, grated Parmesan cheese, and salt.

Creating The Lasagna

  • Lay the oven-ready lasagna sheets on top of the lasagna sauce to form the first layer.
  • Add more lasagna sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and shredded sharp cheese.
  • Repeat for all the other layers.

Bake The Easy Homemade Oven-Ready Lasagna

  • Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

Better Than A Traditional Lasagna Recipe!

Do you want to know why this easy homemade oven-ready lasagna recipe is the best? Because it was made with love. That is all I have, enjoy!

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Easy Homemade Oven-Ready Lasagna

Mamma Mia, that is a spicy meatball! Unfortunately, meatballs are not what I need to satisfy my hunger. I need an easy homemade oven-ready lasagna recipe. This will have me eating like an Italian king! I do not care if it is a traditional lasagna recipe.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
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Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 835 kcal

Supplies and Equipment

Ingredients
  

Lasagna Sauce

  • 7 Oz Lasagna Noodles 8 Sheets Of Oven-Ready Lasagna Noodle
  • 1 Lb Ground Meat Beef Or Turkey
  • 1 Tsp Red Crushed Pepper Flakes
  • 6 Oz Onion Chopped
  • 5 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Tsp Basil Leaves
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Oregano Leaves
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Thyme Leaves
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 1/2 Cup Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Tsp Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 1/2 Cup Water
  • 3 Tsp Salt
  • 2 1/2 Tsp White Sugar
  • 1 Lb Sharp Cheese Shredded
  • 1 Lb Mozzarella Shredded

Flavored Ricotta Cheese

  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 15 Oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Tsp Basil Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Parmesan Grated
  • 1 Tsp Salt

Instructions
 

Preheat The Oven

  • Preheat oven to 375

Creating The Lasagna Sauce

  • Mix ground turkey or ground beef, chicken flavor bouillon, and water together.
  • Add other ingredients, then cook for 30 minutes.

Creating The Flavored Ricotta Cheese

  • Mix the ricotta cheese, onion powder, basil leaves, grated Parmesan cheese, and salt.

Creating The Lasagna

  • Lay the oven-ready lasagna sheets on top of the lasagna sauce to form the first layer.
  • Add more lasagna sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and shredded sharp cheese.
  • Repeat for all the other layers.

Bake The Easy Homemade Oven-Ready Lasagna

  • Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 835kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 48gFat: 58gSaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 2075mgPotassium: 642mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1678IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 875mgIron: 4mg
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