Homemade Baked Lasagna


Every cheese lover's personal slice of heaven.

Hands On Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
8 servings

This homemade baked lasagna recipe is every cheese lover's personal slice of heaven. You'll smell the rich aroma escaping from your kitchen oven long before you take the first bite. Packed with fresh ingredients like tomatoes, basil, and ground beef, this dish is bursting with delicious flavor. And of course, no proper lasagna would be complete without a generous amount of cheese. Cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese combine beautifully to make an incredibly satisfying and delicious dish. It's the ultimate comfort food. With lasagna noodles galore, this recipe truly has it all. The first time you make it surely won't be your last. If you need another reason to add this recipe to your list of favorites, here it is: This is a great make-ahead dish. With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, any item you can make ahead of the holiday is a life-saver. Follow the instructions, but stop right before putting it in the oven. Instead, let the lasagna cool, wrap securely in aluminum foil, and pop it in the freezer to serve at a later date!

Homemade Baked Lasagna
Southern Living


  • 1 ½ pound ground beef

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes

  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomato puree

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 9 dried lasagna noodles (from 1 (16-ounce package)

  • 1 cup 2% milk, large curd cottage cheese

  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

  • ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 16 ounces mozzarella cheese slices

  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (2 cups shredded)


  1. Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomatoes and next 4 ingredients; simmer over medium-low 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Preheat oven to 375° F. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain, and set aside.

  3. Stir together cottage cheese, ricotta, and Parmesan cheese in a large bowl until combined. Place 3 cups meat sauce in a 13- x 9-inch greased baking pan. Layer 3 of the cooked noodles over sauce, dollop with half of the cottage mixture, top with 1/3 of the mozzarella slices and 1/3 of the shredded mozzarella. Layer 3 of the noodles on top of cheese, spread 2 1/2 cups meat sauce, remaining half of cottage mixture, 1/3 of the mozzarella slices and 1/3 of the shredded mozzarella. Layer remaining 3 noodles on top of cheese, remaining 2 1/2 cups meat sauce, remaining 1/3 mozzarella slices and remaining 1/3 shredded mozzarella. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated oven at 375° for 30 minutes, remove foil, continue baking until browned, about 15 minutes more . Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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