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Make-Ahead Lasagna

Make-Ahead Lasagna
Having guests over for dinner? You can make this recipe in advance and just pop it in the oven before your guests arrive. It's delicious and hearty and a sure crowd-pleaser. Serve with breadsticks and a side salad.

Yield: 12 PIECES 
Prep Time: 30 MINUTES 
Cook Time: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES 
Total Time: 1 HOUR 45 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 jars spaghetti sauce
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 20 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 12-15 no-cook lasagna noodles
  • 6 cups mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until browned; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce. In a large bowl, combine eggs, ricotta, Parmesan, and pepper.
  2. Spread 1 cup meat sauce into a greased 13X9 inch baking dish. Layer with 4-5 noodles, half the ricotta mixture, 1 cup meat sauce, and 1 cup mozzarella. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles, meat sauce, and mozzarella. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour. Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

NOTES

  • Lasagna can be baked immediately
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 12 SERVING SIZE: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 593 TOTAL FAT: 36g SATURATED FAT: 18g UNSATURATED FAT: 0g CHOLESTEROL: 153mg SODIUM: 1110mg CARBOHYDRATES: 28g FIBER: 3g SUGAR: 6g PROTEIN: 38g
Today was one of those days. It was rainy and gloomy and I felt it all day.  On most mornings during the week, Noah and I walk to the bus stop that’s around the corner from our house.

When it’s sunny out, the sidewalk on our side of the street is in the sun and the sidewalk on the other side of the street is in the shade.

We walk on the sunny side – I always tell Noah that I prefer the sunny side of life.

This morning, Noah wanted to know where the sunny side of life was. It was nowhere to be found.

Since it was still rainy and drizzly this afternoon, I drove to the bus stop to wait for Noah’s bus so that he wouldn’t have to walk in the rain. (I did the same for Emily, but she gets home about an hour earlier than Noah.)

When we pulled into the garage, Noah asked me if there was anything he could help me with. Even though it was a gloomy day, he still wanted to help.

So, Noah helped me make a lasagna after school this afternoon.
Make-Ahead Lasagna
This lasagna recipe is super easy to put together. It uses no-bake lasagna noodles, jarred spaghetti sauce, and ricotta.
Make-Ahead Lasagna
I thought Noah did a great job helping. We made quite a bit of a mess but it was worth it to spend some time with Noah and learn some valuable life lessons.
Make-Ahead Lasagna
KEY TO SUCCESS #1 – USE CREAMY RICOTTA
I’m a big fan of ricotta cheese in lasagna. I know that some people like to use cottage cheese, but I’m firmly in the ricotta camp.

The ricotta layer in this make-ahead lasagna is ricotta cheese, two eggs, some Parmesan cheese, and black pepper. That’s it.

Lightly beat the eggs with the black pepper then stir in the ricotta cheese. Finally, add in the Parmesan cheese and stir well.
Make-Ahead Lasagna
KEY TO SUCCESS #2 – ADD EXTRA SPICE
Want to know my secret to getting a homemade taste from a jarred spaghetti sauce? Add extra spices!

Have you ever heard of McCormick Perfect Pinch seasoning? It’s a combination of classic Italian herbs like oregano, thyme, and basil.

You can find it at any grocery store. I add a little to the sauce then shake a bit more over the top.

Add the McCormick Perfect Pinch seasoning to the spaghetti sauce and ground beef mixture.
Make-Ahead Lasagna
KEY TO SUCCESS #3 – LAYER IT ALL UP
First, I should mention that you’re going to need a deep lasagna dish for this recipe. I have several colors of the Fiesta Lasagna Baker and they work perfectly. This blue one is one of my favorites.

The first layer to go into the lasagna baker is about a cup of tomato sauce mixture. This layer is important because it gives some moisture on the bottom of your lasagna and prevents your noodles from ending up crunchy.

LASAGNA LAYERS – STARTING FROM THE BOTTOM

  1. Tomato sauce/meat
  2. Lasagna Noodles
  3. Ricotta mixture
  4. Tomato sauce/meat
  5. Mozzarella
  6. Lasagna Noodles
  7. Ricotta mixture
  8. Tomato sauce/meat
  9. Mozzarella
  10. Lasagna Noodles
  11. Tomato sauce/meat
  12. Mozzarella
Count them up. That’s 12 layers of delicious flavor.
Make-Ahead Lasagna
KEY TO SUCCESS #4 – BAKE COVERED
Because this Make-Ahead Lasagna uses the dry no-bake lasagna noodles, it’s going to need a long bake time in the oven.

To keep your lasagna from drying out, it’s important to cover the lasagna with foil before baking it. Bake the lasagna covered for about an hour then remove the foil and bake an additional 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted.

You can also use regular lasagna noodles that are precooked. The cook time does not change. You would just layer the precooked noodles in place of the no-cook lasagna noodles.

I thought Noah’s lasagna turned out just wonderfully.

I think he was even impressed with himself. Look at how handsome and proud he is!
Make-Ahead Lasagna
He likes his lasagna with a slice of cheese toast.
Make-Ahead Lasagna
Here’s Noah’s recipe. If you try it, Noah wants you to let us know how it turns out for you.
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