Homemade Gluten Free Lasagna

4.71 from 17 votes
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Gluten Free Lasagna is the ultimate Italian comfort food with layers of rich and hearty meat sauce, three kinds of cheese, and gluten free lasagna noodles. Find out which pasta to choose, and there’s no doubt that you’ll be calling this the World’s Best Gluten Free Lasagna recipe ever!

gluten free lasagna made with Barilla gluten free lasagne noodles served on a white plate

Best Gluten Free Lasagna Recipe

My kid is obsessed with Garfield. I’ll be honest, it is adorable and endearing at the same time as it is extremely annoying. It gets him reading, and he curls up on the couch or in his bed with his book and just laughs and laughs. If you’ve ever heard this kid laugh, you’d know how this could warm even the coldest, blackest of hearts. He has this deep belly laugh that just fills the room.

But then he will retell each and every Garfield comic in extreme detail. A four-block comic strip that I could read in two minutes takes him 20 minutes to recount. However, I listen. And I laugh. As moms do.

This love of Garfield also led to neverending requests for a lasagna dinner. But at least it was the motivation I needed to make an amazing homemade gluten free lasagna recipe.

And this is guaranteed to be the best lasagna recipe you’ve ever had. By making it with the best gluten free lasagna noodles, you won’t even know the difference. This hearty Italian comfort food is always a family favorite. Now everyone can enjoy the layers of pasta, meat sauce, and creamy, gooey cheese, even if you have to eat gluten free. It is truly a labor of love.

How to make lasagna gluten free

There are some traditional lasagna recipes that call for a bechamel. This is a white cream sauce traditionally thickened with a roux made with flour and butter. This recipe does not have a bechamel sauce, so that is not a concern. But you do still get that creaminess in this gluten free lasagna with ricotta cheese mixture instead. Ricotta cheese is gluten free, and it is simply mixed with egg, salt, and fresh parsley.

The best gluten free lasagna noodles

Hands down, I only recommend Barilla Gluten Free Oven-Ready Lasagne noodles. These are no-boil noodles that you just layer in a baking dish with the other ingredients. I recommend these for several reasons:

  • No-boil noodles are less work.
  • No-boil noodles absorb some of the liquid in the sauce while cooking so you can add plenty of sauce to keep it moist and flavorful, and still end up being able to cut nice slices.
  • Other brands do not have as good of a flavor and rice noodles tend to have a grittier texture. Plus they do not hold up well to the process of boiling and baking and can leave you with a pile of mush.

Where can I buy Barilla gluten free lasagna noodles?

I’ve already told you why these are my favorite gluten free lasagna noodles, but now the question is where to get them. I have often seen them at my regular grocery stores and even at Target, but you can also order from Barilla Gluten Free Oven-Ready Lasagne from Amazon!

A slice of the Best Gluten Free Lasagna you've ever had

Ingredients

For the sauce

  • Pork or turkey sausage and ground beef: Do read the labels on your sausage, but most that I’ve seen are gluten free. If you buy pre-packaged ground beef, there is the possibility of added fillers. This is why I typically buy it ground in the store or I do check the labels on any pre-packaged meats.
  • Onion, garlic, and fresh parsley: These fresh ingredients are always gluten free.
  • Canned tomato sauce, tomato paste, and crushed tomatoes: In most cases, these products are gluten free. Do be aware of added seasonings in tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes. I usually use Tuttorosso, in particular for Crushed Tomatoes because it is my favorite.
  • Dried herbs and seasonings: This is another case where most brands are safe, especially for single herbs. But mixes, such as the Italian Seasoning, can be a risk. So check your labels. McCormick has all of their information on their website, and the only concern is occasionally the blends or other mixes. But all of their ingredients in this recipe are gluten free, including the Italian Seasoning.

For the ricotta cheese mixture

  • Ricotta cheese
  • Egg
  • Parsley
  • Salt

For assembling the lasagna:

  • Gluten free lasagna noodles: You’ll need 12 sheets of those Barilla Lasagna Noodles
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese: I do recommend shredding your own mozzarella as it melts better than pre-shredded.
  • Grated Parmesan cheese: If you buy pre-grated parmesan cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese, just check your labels for additives or fillers.
Closeup of a slice of gluten free lasagna

How to layer lasagna

All of the instructions you need are in the recipe card for making the sauce and cheese mixture. But if you want to really know all the details, tips, tricks, and substitutions, I recommend you check out the World’s Best Lasagna recipe, which has all of that information.

But here is a quick overview of layering the lasagna. I like three layers of noodles with a good amount of meat sauce and all of the cheeses in between. Plus you can’t forget a golden and gooey mozzarella layer on top. Here is how it goes.

  1. Start with a layer of sauce on the bottom.
  2. Add one layer of noodles.
  3. Top with sauce, half of the ricotta mixture, one-third of the mozzarella, and one-third of the parmesan.
  4. Add the second layer of noodles
  5. Repeat with more sauce, the other half of the ricotta mixture, plus half of the remaining mozzarella and parmesan.
  6. Add the final layer of noodles.
  7. Top with sauce, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese.
The World's Best Gluten Free Lasagna on a plate
Pro Tips
  • I typically use turkey sausage to make it a little less greasy and cut out a few calories (and mainly because my husband can’t eat much pork). But any kind of Italian sausage is fine. Like a little more heat? Use hot Italian sausage.
  • The original recipe calls for a couple of tablespoons of sugar. Some say that this helps balance the acidity in the sauce. I don’t feel that it is necessary, so it’s your call whether you use it or not.
  • I like to simmer the sauce for no less than an hour and a half. In fact, I’ll often make it the day before I assemble the lasagna. You can also mix the ricotta in advance and keep it in the fridge overnight if you want to assemble the lasagna the next day.
  • As I mentioned, while the texture does change slightly, this lasagna, when using the Barilla lasagna noodles, has held up well to reheating and even freezing and reheating.

Serving Suggestions

Make it a Meal with Gluten Free Sides

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Brianne Recommends
  • Don’t forget to grab those noodles.
  • While we’re at it, Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes have always been my favorite.
  • A good, heavy enameled cast iron Dutch oven is great for letting that sauce simmer.
  • I like to bake my lasagna in a nice, deep stoneware baking dish so that it cooked evenly and doesn’t overflow.
The World's Best Gluten Free Lasagna on a plate
4.7 from 17 votes

World’s Best Gluten Free Lasagna

The ultimate in gluten free Italian comfort food with layers of hearty meat sauce, creamy ricotta cheese, and gooey mozzarella between sheets of gluten free lasagna noodles.
Prep: 40 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Resting time 15 mins
Total: 2 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients

For the meat sauce:

  • 1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion , minced
  • 2 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes (Tuttorosso is recommended)
  • 12 ounce can tomato paste (or two 6 ounce cans)
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

For the ricotta cheese mixture:

  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablepsoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For assembling the lasagna:

Instructions

For the meat sauce:

  • In a large Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until cooked through and browned. Drain any excess grease, if needed.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water, and stir everything together.
  • Add sugar (if using), basil, Italian seasoning, 2 teaspoons salt, pepper, and 2 Tablespoons parsley, and stir to combine.
  • Simmer, covered, for at least 1½ hours, stirring occasionally. I usually try to simmer for as long as possible.

For the ricotta cheese mixture:

  • In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg, 2 Tablespoons parsley, and ½ teaspoon salt. Refrigerate until needed.

For assembling the lasagna:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • To assemble, spread 1½ cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange a single layer of three noodles over meat sauce. 
  • Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  • Spoon 1½ cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  • Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes.
  • Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

Adapted from this World’s Best Lasagna recipe on AllRecipes.
Nutrition Facts
World's Best Gluten Free Lasagna
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 388 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 1572mg66%
Potassium 851mg24%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1190IU24%
Vitamin C 28.1mg34%
Calcium 277mg28%
Iron 6.9mg38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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42 Comments
  1. Lindsay

    Do you think you could make this the day before and leave it in the fridge until baking? Or would the noodles end up turning to mush?

  2. Stephanie

    5 stars
    I made this lasagna last night and it was amazing! Easy to make and buying the non-boil GF noodles was a game changer. The whole family loved it. I will definitely make it again.

  3. Rachel

    4 stars
    Fairly straight forward to make, and it turned out great! I found that there was only enough ricotta for the bottom two layers, so the top half had a lot kore meat sauce. Seemed like I could have used just a little more mozzarella, but it turned out delicious. The noodles were a great recommendation.

  4. Sarah

    5 stars
    Do you cook the noodles before layering the lasagna?

    Forgive me if this is mentioned somewhere in the recipe or comments.

  5. Barrett Ellis

    5 stars
    I just made this for a second time in the last two weeks because it is so good. I haven’t had lasagna in years and this was delicious. I have celiac but the rest of my household does not, but I am the cook so I make most things GF and this recipe was a big hit! Only thing I added was diced up pepperoncini’s to the sauce because I am obsessed with them.

  6. Michael Press

    5 stars
    This has become my go to GF lasagna recipe after just two times making it. I am with you, Barilla lasagna noodles or don’t even cook this. You would have to be crazy to use any other noodle. The taste is great, they’re even not that hard to break up when using a round lasagna pan (I make this in the Ninja Foodi Pressure Crisp/Air Fryer). Just a great recipe and I appreciate your posting it!

  7. Gabriel

    5 stars
    I’m a 15 year old who loves to cook and I was diagnosed with celiacs around a year ago I haven’t had lasagna yet and it was Absolutely amazing! I’m so glad I found this, thank you so much!

      1. Jeri

        Walmart carries several types of Barilla GF noodles, all delicious.

        Also, for sauces that need thickening, we use Bob’s Red Mill 1to 1 GF Baking flour… We have found this to be a superb thickener for all our sauces. Blends perfectly and tastes great.

  8. Melissa

    Making this now with a few adjustments. I used WAY more garlic, parsley, and basil because I am using dairy free cheeses, which tend to have zero flavor or leave an after taste. I’m not telling my family it is dairy free to get honest feedback, as I usually make them gluten free and just exclude dairy in my own foods.
    Thanks so much this recipe, it smells heavenly!

  9. Eileen

    Hello. This recipe looks great. I want to make the gluten-free lasagne a week ahead and then freeze the lasagne. Will the noodles stay whole or disintegrate or turn to mush?

    1. If you freeze it before baking, it should be fine. I have actually frozen it after it is completely baked and yes, the noodles to break apart a little, but it didn’t turn to complete mush. Even my gluten-eating kids and husband still enjoyed it.

  10. Amy Guthrie

    5 stars
    HUGE HIT!!! I made this yesterday with Cappello’s Almond Flour Lasagna sheets. I also added spinach to each layer, and served with italian salad. I’m printing this as our new family favorite Lasagna recipe. 🙂

  11. Diana Burnfin

    4 stars
    In the nutrition information at the end of the recipe, I noticed the potassium and sodium content is very high. Where is all the extra sodium coming from? and since I’m on a renal diet, I can’t have much potassium either. Thanks for any advice!

    1. Hi Diana, the nutrition information is pulled from a database to be as accurate as possible, but may not be exact. Therefore, if you have specific medical needs, I’d recommend discussing with your doctor. Ingredients such as the sausage and cheeses as well as the canned tomato products can have a high sodium content. But many are available in lower sodium versions, which may be an option for you.

  12. Susan

    Often my oven baked gluten free pasta isn’t all the. Way cooked. I found a brand online with the ruffled edges and you boil it! Delicious! No more tough pasta noodles!! Tinkyada is the brand. I will suggest this to my grocery store. Since Covid19 I can’t even find any gluten free lasagna noodles in the stores!!

  13. Aimee

    5 stars
    A family hit! Our daughter has celiac and loves pasta, especially lasagna. We hadn’t tried a recipe up until this point for fear that the gf noodles would ruin it for us. But it was so great! A family staple for sure. Thank you!

  14. Veda Mann

    I am making this recipe as we speak and very excited- the sauce smells amazing. I am wondering if I want to freeze it, do i Bake it first and then freeze it once it cools or do I freeze it uncooked? thanks!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Christine!
      I actually cover this in the video I made, but yes, I remove the sausage from the casings. That way, it crumbles up like ground beef. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  15. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! My husband did his happy dance while eating it and has requested me to cook this again next week! I made the sauce from scratch and I’m glad I did. I added a little bit of nutmeg and more garlic to my liking and it came out great! Five stars all around!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Talea, thank you for rating the recipe. I’m SO happy to hear that your family loves it as much as mine does!

  16. Sonia

    can you come up with a lasagna not using ricotta cheese or any cream cheese
    with a nice meat sauce instead, Husband does not like the cream cheeses variety at all

    thanks

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