How to Make Lasagna

Sep 1, 2011 12:01 pm

The step-by-step guide to pull off perfect lasagna

how to make lasagna
Photo: Mark Shaw
If lasagna's not in your culinary arsenal, you're one layer short of a cook.

Knowing how to make lasagna is the ticket to executing one of those rare, special dishes that absolutely nobody hates. Go ahead, flip through your phone. No lasagna haters in there. Scroll down your Facebook friends list. Everyone there likes lasagna too. Hey, haven't you been meaning to throw a dinner shindig for everyone in your phone and Facebook friends list? Follow this how-to and discover how easy it is to make the Italian pasta casserole everyone loves. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 box of lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 large jar of good-quality tomato sauce (or you can make your own)
  • 1 16-ounce container of ricotta cheese (or you can make your own)
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound of fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/2-inch thick (about 18 slices)
spread the sauce
Spread a layer of sauce over the bottom of the dish

Using a spoon, spread a thin layer of tomato sauce over the bottom of a 9x12-inch casserole dish. 

add lasagna sheets
Add first layer of lasagna sheets

Layer 2 sheets of lasagna on top of the sauce, overlapping to fit if necessary. 

Spread ricotta on top
Spread ricotta on top

Combine ricotta and eggs together in a large bowl and season lightly with salt and pepper, then gently spread a thin layer of the mixture on top of the lasagna noodles.

Add mozzarella slices
Add mozzarella slices

Arrange 6 slices of mozzarella over the ricotta, overlapping a little if necessary. 

Sprinkle on the Parmesan
Sprinkle on the Parmesan

Evenly sprinkle 1/3 cup of Parmesan over the mozzarella slices. 

Add another layer of sauce
Add another layer of sauce, and repeat

Spoon another layer of sauce over the Parmesan, then begin from Step 2 with another layer of noodles.

How to Make Lasagna
Top finished lasagna with mozzarella

Once you've added the sauce on top of the second layer of cheese, top with the remaining mozzarella slices, sprinkle with the rest of the Parmesan, cover with foil and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly. Allow to sit for at least 20 minutes before slicing. 

Now sit back, relax, and gaze upon your perfect lasagna.

Looking for more easy to cook dishes?  Check out these step-by-step how-to guides.

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