This no-boil classic lasagna takes a couple shortcuts for an easy weeknight dinner, but still has layers and layers of cheesy goodness!
This lasagna is based on my Mom’s recipe that she served us all growing up! My friend Alli and I have made some tweaks over the years for our meat-loving husbands that are a little less finicky about vegetables than my dear Dad. Every time we made this recipe, it was always a little different, based on what we had on hand, how well we remembered what we did last time, and whether or not anyone was counting macros…
But some things were pretty consistent, which meant they were keepers.. First, while not necessary, combining sausage and beef instead of just beef gives you that extra Italian flavor from the fennel seeds and is just SO good. Second, CHEESE. Ricotta and mozzarella and parmesan, oh my! Every ounce of it is absolutely worth it. And finally… make sure you pick up some garlic bread. 😉
How to Make No-Boil Classic Lasagna
- Brown the meat with mirepoix and spices.
- Stir together tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
- Layer and assemble regular lasagna noodles with sauce, beef, ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan.
- Bake the lasagna covered for 60 minutes.
- Uncover, top with extra cheese, and bake until melty and browned.
- Let sit for 5 minutes and then slice and serve!
Why We Love It
This classic lasagna recipe is SO adaptable. Low on time? Great, because this is a no-boil recipe with jarred tomato sauce, and you can use frozen mirepoix (or none at all) and it’ll still taste amazing. Want to go extra? Throw together your own tomato sauce and chop up some fresh mirepoix. For the real deal, splurge on some fresh mozzarella and tear chunks for the top.
No matter which route you choose to take, this lasagna has all the classic comfort food vibes with lots of cheesy string pulls and a filling tomato-y beef/sausage layer.
No-Boil Classic Lasagna FAQ
Yes! In this recipe, the lasagna noodles absorb liquid from the surrounding tomato sauce and soften during the long bake time.
No water necessary in this recipe. There is enough liquid in the tomato sauce.
Once again, no need to soak the noodles for this recipe!
This recipe uses regular lasagna noodles. Some stores carry “no-boil” or “oven-ready” lasagna noodles that are slightly porous to more easily absorb liquids. You could probably substitute these in just fine, but they are not necessary.
If you make this no-boil classic lasagna, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! I love looking through the photos of recipes you all have made!