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Homemade Ground Beef Lasagna

Introduction:

Embark on a culinary journey with our Classic Ground Beef Lasagna – a beloved comfort dish that brings together the heartiness of ground beef, the richness of tomato sauce, and the comforting layers of pasta and cheese. Whether it’s a family gathering or a cozy night in, this lasagna promises to fill your home with the aroma of Italian goodness. Get ready to savor the essence of homemade comfort!

Why We Love This Recipe:

✔️ Hearty Ground Beef: A robust filling that adds depth and flavor to each bite. ✔️ Layered Goodness: Pasta, cheese, and savory sauce create a symphony of textures. ✔️ Crowd-Pleaser: A timeless classic that brings joy to every diner.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 12 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 3 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil or parsley for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  3. Add chopped onions and minced garlic to the skillet. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  4. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water, basil, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Simmer the sauce for 15-20 minutes.
  5. In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese, and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  6. Spread a thin layer of the meat sauce in the prepared baking dish. Place a layer of cooked lasagna noodles on top.
  7. Spoon half of the ricotta cheese mixture over the noodles, spreading it evenly.
  8. Repeat the layers: meat sauce, noodles, remaining ricotta mixture.
  9. Top with the remaining meat sauce and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top.
  10. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  11. Let the lasagna rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley.

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Notes:

  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a hint of heat in the meat sauce.
  • Make sure to fully cook the lasagna noodles before assembling to achieve the perfect texture.

FAQs: Q: Can I make this lasagna ahead of time? A: Absolutely! Assemble the lasagna and refrigerate. Bake when ready to serve.

Q: Can I use ground turkey or sausage instead of beef? A: Certainly! Customize the filling with your preferred ground meat for a unique twist.

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