There are few things as amazing as coming home after a long day and digging into a big plate of cheesy, oven-baked, carbohydrate-loaded goodness. When it comes to oven-baked pasta, lasagna is a classic, but some lasagna recipes can be overwhelming — the amount of time it takes to slowly simmer sauce, boil noodles, and meticulously layer ingredients can really add up. That’s why we decided it was time to round up a few easy-to-make lasagna recipes that taste like they took hours to make.casserole with sauce (and in most cases some shredded cheese), and bake it in the oven until it’s cooked through.
If you’re making a classic American-Italian lasagna, your fillings will likely include ground meat (usually beef), ricotta cheese, and dried herbs like oregano and basil, and your pasta will be topped with a healthy handful of shredded mozzarella cheese. (In Italy, the traditional recipe spreads bechamel sauce, ragù, and Parmigiano-Reggiano between the pasta sheets.) But there are many delicious variations on this basic recipe. From sweet and creamy butternut squash to vegan cheese, nothing is off limits when you’re creating this baked pasta dish.
The key to making lasagna quick and easy? A few strategic shortcuts. Look for recipes that call for no-bake lasagna noodles (or ones that layer the fillings with uncooked noodles), recipes where you can prep part of all of the ingredients in advance (if you’re dicing up onions for a roast tonight, why not cut up a few extra for tomorrow’s lasagna?), or recipes that use premade sauce (you can easily tweak the sauce to make it taste like homemade, and yes, it still counts as made-from-scratch lasagna even if you use a jar of premade sauce).
So, whether you’re looking for a lasagna recipe with the familiar ground beef and shredded mozzarella or a vegetable-loaded vegetarian version or anything in between, we have an easy-to-make recipe you’re sure to love.
Beef and Sausage Lasagna
This easy, cheesy lasagna recipe uses both beef and Italian sausage for a hearty, flavorful baked pasta dish. Add some heat by using hot Italian sausage and adding a pinch of red pepper flakes to the marinara sauce.
Butternut Squash Lasagna
Super creamy and packed with antioxidants, this butternut squash lasagna strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savory. If you don’t have butternut squash on hand, substitute carrots or sweet potatoes instead.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.