The World’s Best Homemade Lasagna Recipe

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This easy lasagna recipe is called the World’s Best Lasagna for a reason! A classic pasta made with layers of lasagna noodles, hearty meat sauce, creamy ricotta, and mozzarella cheese baked to hot, gooey deliciousness. This no-fail homemade lasagna always wins rave reviews!

Looking for a gluten free option? Try this simple Gluten Free Lasagna recipe!

A slice of homemade lasagna with meat sauce on a white plate.

Easy Homemade Lasagna

I am not Italian. At all. But I love Italy, and Italian food. And I grew up in New Jersey, definitely an epicenter of Italian-American cooking with pizzerias and Italian restaurants on every corner. 

So when I have to make a large amount of something, I often fall back on baked ziti, or stuffed shells, or this easy lasagna recipe created by John Chandler on Allrecipes (with my changes as I note below).

Is this the World’s Best Lasagna?

It’s called the World’s Best Lasagna. While I can’t verify that the research was actually done to make this claim, it is definitely the best homemade lasagna I’ve ever made. And have I made it. Many, many times.

I brought it to for a woman in my former mom’s group who had just had her third baby. I’ve made it for my dad to eat while he was babysitting my big guy when he was just a toddler because they both love it. We have made two of them for big family parties.

And trust me, always make two. It’s not much more work and it freezes and reheats beautifully! 

If you read all of my tips, check out the process shots, and watch the short video, you’ll see that it is truly an easy lasagna recipe. And once you taste it, you’ll know that all the effort is worth it.

A slice of lasagna on a white plate.

What Makes this Easy Lasagna Recipe So Good?

Seriously, it’s all about the sauce. There is nothing like it. It’s hearty and meaty with tons of tomato flavor and the perfect amount of herbs. And it is so flavorful because it is made with both beef and sausage.

Then when it is layered with noodles and three kinds of cheese, it all comes together into the perfect bite of hot, cheesy, meaty, saucy deliciousness.

But don’t just take my word for it. Everyone goes crazy for it

What people have said about this recipe

“I’ve made this many times and it really is the best lasagna recipe I’ve ever made. Its my son’s favorite!”

“Delicious!! Meat sauce is the absolute BEST!!. I let it simmer for two hours. It turned out great. I will definitely add this to my dinner rotation. Thanks for the awesome recipe Brianne!”

“Outstanding recipe! The sauce alone is one of the best I’ve had. I use San Marzano tomatoes and simmer it for 3 hours. Thanks so much for sharing this great Italian classic!”

“I JUST made this, and it was actually the best lasagna ever. It was my first time making lasagna, and I am blown away by how well it turned out. I served it with fresh garlic bread. Thank you so much for this recipe!”

A slice of homemade lasagna on a white plate with a red background.

Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!

Ingredients

Since it is so good, I have no need to make any major changes to the original ingredients. But I do make a few tweaks:

  • Sweet Italian turkey or pork sausage – I always use turkey sausage
  • Ground beef
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Canned crushed tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Canned tomato sauce
  • Water
  • Sugar (optional – I usually leave this out)
  • Dried basil leaves
  • Fennel seeds (optional – I usually leave these out)
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Fresh parsley
  • Lasagna noodles (regular or no cook. I usually use no cook noodles. If you need to make this gluten free, use Barilla No Boil Gluten Free Lasagna Sheets)
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Egg – The egg serves as a binder to make the ricotta firmer. It also adds protein.
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make Lasagna

Though I mentioned that it does take a bit of time, most of that time is waiting for the sauce to simmer or the homemade lasagna to bake in the oven. There are really only a few simple steps I note here. You can find all the details in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. Here is an overview with photos showing how to make this easy lasagna recipe:

  1. Combine sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large pot over medium heat.
Add ground beef, sausage, onion and garlic to pot
  1. Stir and cook until cooked through and browned.
Stir and cook ground beef, sausage, onion, and garlic until cooked through and browned
  1. Add the remaining sauce ingredients.
Add canned crushed tomatoes and other sauce ingredients to the pot
  1. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, and let it cook for at least 1 1/2 hours.  Note: If you are using regular lasagna noodles, while it simmers cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.
Simmer meat sauce for lasagna
  1. Make the ricotta mixture and shred the mozzarella cheese.
Stir together ricotta cheese, egg, parsley, and salt
  1. Layer sauce, noodles, ricotta cheese mixture, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Keep reading for the details about how to layer lasagna.
Layer sauce, pasta noodles, and cheese
  1. Cover with foil and bake at 375°F.
Cover with foil and bake lasagna
  1. Let cool slightly before serving.
Let cool slightly before serving

Layering the Lasagna

In the World’s Best Lasagna, I like to have three layers of pasta with two layers of the three kinds of cheese. Sauce covers the bottom of the pan and the top of the lasagna, and it is finished with a final sprinkle of mozzarella and Parmesan.

The correct order to layer lasagna:

  1. Layer sauce on the bottom of the pan.
  2. Top with noodles.
  3. Top with ricotta cheese mixture.
  4. Sprinkle on mozzarella cheese.
  5. Sprinkle on Parmesan cheese.
  6. Add more sauce.
  7. Repeat layers starting with another layer of noodles.
  8. Spread on the rest of the ricotta.
  9. Sprinkle on more mozzarella.
  10. Add more Parmesan
  11. Layer on more sauce.
  12. A final top layer of noodles, sauce, and the rest of the Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese.
Process Shots for how to layer lasagna

How Many Layers Should Lasagna Have?

You need at least 2 layers to make a proper homemade lasagna. You can certainly have more but 2 is the minimum. In the photos above I have made this lasagna with 3 layers.

Tips for the Best Lasagna

  • I use turkey sausage instead of Italian sausage made with pork.
  • I also add a little less salt and sugar in the pasta sauce.
  • BRIANNE’S PRO TIP: I use no-boil noodles. They make the layering easier, and absorb some of the excess moisture, creating nice slices.
  • BRIANNE’S PRO TIP: Make the sauce a day or two before, especially a day where you have time to just let it simmer for as long as possible. Then give it time for the flavors to blend together and develop in the fridge overnight. This also saves time the day you plan to assemble, bake, and serve the lasagna.
  • Make two. Trust me. I’ll tell you below how to freeze it before or after you bake it.
  • And here is a reader tip – “One tip I learned years ago when using regular noodles is to boil some water, pour them over your noodles & let them sit in a pan for an hour or so. No more broken noodles.”

Can I Make Lasagna in Advance?

Yes, you have a few options to make this recipe ahead of time.

  • Prepare the sauce and keep it in the refrigerator or freezer until you are ready to layer and bake the lasagna. In fact, I think the sauce is even better when made at least a day in advance.
  • Prepare the entire lasagna but don’t bake it. Then store it in the refrigerator or freezer. If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator, then, in either case, bring it to room temperature before baking.
  • Prepare and bake it. If you do this, I’d suggest only baking for the first 25 minutes. You can then bring it to room temperature and complete the baking process uncovered for about 30-35 minutes.

What Goes With This Easy Lasagna Recipe?

Here are a few of my favorite sides to serve with homemade lasagna:

All the layers of homemade Lasagna from the side

A slight adaptation of the All Recipes lasagna that is a tried and true all-time favorite. It’s got the layers of pasta, meaty sauce, creamy ricotta, and gooey mozzarella cheese that you know and love. But there’s just something about this sauce that makes this recipe so amazing. Everyone goes crazy for it!

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World’s Best Lasagna

This is the World's Best Lasagna recipe! The ultimate Italian comfort food with layers of pasta, hearty meat cause, creamy ricotta cheese and gooey mozzarella.
Prep: 40 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 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
  • two 6 ounce cans tomato paste
  • two 6.5 ounce cans canned tomato sauce (or one 15 oz. can)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 12 lasagna noodles, regular or no cook. I usually use no cook noodles.
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • In a large Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until cooked through and browned.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water, and stir everything together.
  • Add sugar, basil, fennel seeds (if using), 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.
  • If using regular lasagna noodles, cook according to package instructions and drain.
  • In a bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, egg, remaining parsley, and ½ teaspoon salt.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • To layer the lasagna, spread 1½ cups of the sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange a single layer of noodles over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Spoon another 1½ cups meat sauce over the cheese.
  • Add another layer of noodles, the rest of the ricotta mixture, half of the remaining mozzarella, and another 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Add another layer of 1 1/2 cups of sauce and a final layer of noodles.
  • Top with another 1 1/2 cups sauce and the 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

Nutrition Facts
World's Best Lasagna
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 1639mg68%
Potassium 912mg26%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 1310IU26%
Vitamin C 28.4mg34%
Calcium 356mg36%
Iron 7.3mg41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy!

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321 Comments
  1. Elaine

    5 stars
    Made this week and ate tonight. Everyone loved it! Followed the recipe to a tee, minus the basil( allergy)
    It was fantastic. My go to recipe from now on.

  2. Addie

    5 stars
    This has been my old standby, tried and true recipe for years! I can never thank you enough for sharing. I take it to everyone who’s had a baby or is getting over an illness or who’s had a death in the family and everyone raves about it! My old roommate was Italian and she said it was better than her Grandma’s who was an Italian immigrant! Sometimes I make it “fancy” with sliced fresh mozz and fresh grated parm but a lot of times I make it as is, always a crowd pleaser! ❤️

  3. Kayla

    5 stars
    Soooo good, sauce is absolutely delicious. Had leftover noodles, store was out of no boil sadly. But was then able to dip the extra pieces in sauce while it was baking LOL- couldn’t wait!

  4. Jackie

    I can’t wait to make this for tomorrow’s Sunday dinner! I have a standard 9”x13” pan. Do I need a deep dish pan for this recipe?

  5. MimoBosque

    5 stars
    I made this last night and it is absolutely delicious. This will be my go-to lasagna recipe from now on. The sauce is sooooo good – simple and flavorful. I doubled the sauce recipe to freeze and can’t wait to try it over spaghetti or on pizza.

    Thank you!

      1. Caitlin

        I have been simmering for over two hours and planning to simmer for several more hours. You mentioned here that the longer it simmers, the more it thickens. Mine seems to be very soupy. Should I add something to it to make it thicken, like corn starch or flour, etc.? Or will it thicken when it cools?

  6. Lori

    5 stars
    YUMMY!!! This is hands down the best lasagna I’ve ever made! I’ve never made it with making my own sauce but now I can never go back! Thank you for sharing this recipe! The only thing different I did was double the ricotta mixture and that wasn’t even on purpose. I was going to make two batches but accidentally use my ricotta mixture in one pan. Lol! This is absolutely delicious!

    1. Elaine berk

      5 stars
      I agree. I use fresh or log mozzarella. I use nutmeg in ricotta mix. Don’t skip fennel. Nothing but compliments from my friend from Italy. He says it is the best!

  7. Grammy

    I made this today, and the meat sauce is amazing. I used sweet Italian sausage and very lean ground beef. I didn’t need to drain any grease. My only regret is not using my lasagna pan, it’s just a little larger but much deeper. I put a foil lined tray under the 9×13 pan I had the lasagna in, good thing because it did spill over some. My only tip is to spray the foil with non stick spray so when removing it you don’t take some cheese with it. Thanks for the great recipe. I’m looking forward to more from you.

  8. Brenda

    5 stars
    I made the sauce yesterday and finished making the lasagna today and let’s just say it was a Big Hit!! Thank you!!

  9. Stacey

    So I prepared this yesterday for Father’s Day today and I’m confused on the cooking time. So today i need to sit it out until it gets to room temp before baking? And then 25 covered and 25 uncovered?

  10. Rita Lee

    5 stars
    So I made the lasagna tonight and it was superb! I ran out of mozzarella, my fault not yours, so I ended up using a cheddar/ monterey jack mix and it was still fantastic! Thank you for posting!

  11. C

    Sugar is not “optional” in homemade sauce. It’s necessary to counter the acidity of all of the tomatoes for a balanced sauce. You’re definitely not Italian! Lol.

    1. C

      And substituting turkey for the pork sausage? Whaaat? Ground turkey is a great sub for ground beef but nothing beats real Italian pork sausage. These things are a pretty big deviation from the original recipe. It still will taste good to non-Italians but definitely isn’t “The Workd’s Best”! My Nonna would roll over in her grave if I made it your way. 😉

      1. Well, I use turkey instead of pork because my husband has diverticulitis and pork irritates it. So I’d rather be able to enjoy lasagna with him than use the pork. But keep making it how your Nonna did. If hers was so good, why were you looking for other recipes on the internet to criticize?

        1. Alma Pecora

          Wow! It appears you were too sensitive in your last comment. I looked at your recipe to compare it to mine and to refresh my memory on cooking time. I started to print. off your recipe, but I think your last comment was tacky, so I’ll rely on my cookbook.

          1. Sorry you feel that way. This recipe has a ton of comments, so I am honestly not sure which one you are referring to. I always try to be kind in my comments so perhaps I had a bad day or had just dealt with a string of rude comments myself and was frustrated. We do tend to get a lot of those and every once in awhile one just hits me the wrong way. Enjoy your lasagna, whatever recipe you use!

  12. Rhonda

    Please adjust the baking time in the instructions. At the top it bakes for 2 hours but, unless I’m missing something, you bake covered for 25 minutes; bake uncovered for 25 minutes and cool 15.

    Sauce tastes delicious … mine is still in the oven. Thanks Rhonda

      1. Rhonda

        5 stars
        Thank you for the clarification…lasagna was a huge hit for my dinner guests and my husband and I have enjoyed leftovers!!! Definitely a keeper in my recipe box ♥️

  13. Juliana

    We took your advice and made two at the same time; one to eat immediately and the other to freeze. The first one came out so yummy and I’m excited to dive into the second later this week. Any recommendation on how long it should thaw in the refrigerator after freezing?

    1. So glad you enjoyed the lasagna! They do take quite some time to thaw. You could probably pop it in the fridge a couple days before, or at least the morning of the day before you plan to eat it. Worst case is that it takes a little longer in the oven, just be sure to leave it covered a little longer so it doesn’t brown too much on top.

    2. Katie

      Goodness, people can be so critical! With that being said, because of all the positive comments and the option to ignore them, I am planning on making this for my extended family today. I AM Italian, and think this looks amazing! Any good cook knows there are many variations of any given recipe, and we have the freedom to customize any way we like. Keep posting yummy food, I will continue to follow😁

  14. Jeanette

    Love, love, love this recipe! I use one pound (regular roll) of Jimmy Dean Regular and one pound of Jimmy Dean NOT sausage in place of the turkey or Italian sausage. The sugar helps balance the heat and the tang/acid of the tomato sauces. For some people tomatoes tend to be acidic in their tummy. That is the purpose of the sugar. ?

      1. Karen

        5 stars
        I learned from someone who use to cater and they add carrot chunks to the sauce then remove them. Sweetens and reduces the acid. I have since just fine shred carrots into the sauce and it gets a boost of vegetable in there.

  15. Byenia

    5 stars
    Made this recipe last night and it turned out great! Used over a lb. of ground beef and reduced italian sausage to .75 lb. Didn’t have crushed tomatoes so used diced instead. And used part provolone in place of some of the mozzarella since that’s what I had on hand. Very tasty! Also, I did need to add about 3/4 cup more water for the no-boil noodles, for fear of the dish coming out too dry, and that seemed to do the trick. 🙂

  16. Tiffany

    5 stars
    The only thing I’d change is using boil ahead noodles! My oven ready ones were really thin and got lost in the sauce kind of. Otherwise, it was absolutely delicious!

  17. Jo

    I love this recipe. Question…seems I don’t have enough sauce or cheese mixture to cover everything. What am ai missing????

      1. Alli

        I have made this recipe so many times and I ALWAYS have extra sauce so I hold onto it and make spaghetti a few days later.

          1. Britt

            That’s exactly what I do, is save the leftover sauce to make spaghetti the next day. This recipe is such a family hit at our house. The meat says smells and tastes amazing. I use 1 lb of beef and 1 lb of Italian sausage, and OMG. Truly one of the best!

  18. jim weigand

    This is the modified recipe from Creamette back of box circa 80’s. They did not use Italian Seasoning or Basil. 1 lb Hamburger, 1/2 lb sausage.

  19. Jenny

    5 stars
    This lasagna is absolutely wonderful!! I added a few things to my sauce like fresh mushrooms and green peppers. The added veggies make it more robust and extremely tasty. This is my new go to recipe whenever I make lasagna or spaghetti sauce. Thank you so much for sharing. ?

  20. Dana Beck

    Made this for my family exactly as your recipe calls for except regular pork italian sausage, and it was delicious! Everyone enjoyed it! Love the no boil lasagna noodles!!

    1. Yes, you can definitely wrap it tightly and freeze it. If you freeze it unbaked, thaw it in the fridge, then bring it to room temperature and bake according to the recipe. If you want to pre-bake it, I’d suggest only baking for the first 25 minutes. You can then bring it to room temperature and complete the baking process uncovered at 375°F for about 30-35 minutes, or until it is hot in the middle.

      1. Deb

        I love this recipe and I have made it several times. I do 2/3 part ricotta and 1/3 part cottage cheese. I love the taste, texture and added moisture.

  21. Mary D

    5 stars
    I have made this recipe in the past and it was great! I used the noodle that you have to boil. This time i am using the no boil noodles. My question is : can i assemble today and then bake tomorrow using the no boil noodles?
    thank,

  22. Sarah

    5 stars
    I made this recipe about a week ago and it was amazing! I added mushrooms to the sauce. I let the sauce simmer for 3 hours before I assembled the lasagna and baked it in the oven.
    Everyone loved it!

  23. Sarah

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe! I’ve always wanted to make a lasagna on my own rather than using the classic Stoufers lol. I was very proud of the outcome! Absolutely delicious. I also added mushrooms.

  24. Andi

    If I assemble this ahead of time and I put it in the fridge will the cook time be the same the next day? Or is it better to cook it the same day and reheat in the oven?

  25. Teresa

    5 stars
    I have made this several times and shared your link with several of my friends. They all say it is the best lasagne ever!

  26. Deb Schroeder

    5 stars
    This is an excellent lasagna recipe! I did add 1/2 cup of cottage cheese to the Ricotta mixture! Delicious! It will be filed under my “Favorites”

  27. Rachel

    5 stars
    I am so happy that I found this recipe! It is the most delicious sauce that I have ever made. My family loved it so much. It will be my new go to sauce.

  28. Heather

    5 stars
    Hello, I’ve made this recipe 3 times now and my mother-in-law has asked to have it for her Mother’s Day dinner. A fabulous recipe, and consistently amazing. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I’m so happy to hear that you like the lasagna, Heather. It’s one of our favorite dinners, too! Thank you for your comment and for rating the recipe. 🙂

  29. Michaela Innes

    5 stars
    I was so afraid to make lasagna from scratch. I tried a recipe a few years ago. And it was awful lol. So today, I asked my husband what he would like for dinner. He said Lasagna!!! I scrolled through recipes on Pinterest and I found yours. OMG! I cannot thank you enough! I have never ever tasted something so rich in flavour. The cheese blending with ground beef and sausage. Everyone had two servings and wanted more lol. I will be making this again and again.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I am SO happy to hear that everyone enjoyed the lasagna, Michaela. It is so nice of you to leave a comment and rate the recipe. Thank you so much!

  30. Katie

    5 stars
    I’ve made this lasagna twice now and it’s absolutely delicious! It will definitely be my go to recipe from now on. I did make a couple changes to the recipe; I added a bay leaf to the sauce, reduced the salt to 1tsp and sugar to 1Tbsp, and used hot Italian sausage for a little extra kick. Also I don’t drain my browned meat, just add the ingredients straight to it and reduced the water in half. It’s a trick my grandmother always did when making her homemade sauce and it adds a whole other flavor depth to the sauce.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Katie. Thank you for your comment and for rating the recipe! P.S. Grandma knows best! 🙂

  31. Alyssa

    Has anyone added a bay leaf to their sauce? I’m hoping it’ll just enhance the flavor and not change it drastically since I have made your lasagna time and time again and I absolutely adore it but I had some extra bay leaves laying around and thought why not!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Alyssa,
      Adding a bay leaf to the sauce is a great idea! Some people don’t care for the flavor, but bay leaf is used in a lot of Italian recipes like lasagna. I’m happy to know that you enjoy the recipe!

    2. Deborah

      I am making it now & wish I would have thought of that! I like a more intense flavor and usually increase the amount of spices in a recipe.

  32. Christy Shafer

    5 stars
    I’ve made this many times and it really is the best lasagna recipe I’ve ever made. Its my son’s favorite! I’m wanting to make it for company this weekend and my nephew has an egg allergy. I’ll look for egg free lasagna noodles but what sub can I make for the 1 egg it calls for? Suggestions?

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I’m so happy to hear that you love the lasagna recipe, Christy! As far as an egg replacement goes, I haven’t made the lasagna with one, but I know that a lot of people make a “flax egg” as an egg replacement in baking. To make a flax egg, mix one tablespoon ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water. Mix together, and let sit in your fridge for 15 minutes to set up and thicken. Then, use just as you would a regular egg.
      I hope that works for you!

  33. Rachel Ennis

    5 stars
    I cooked this for family and it was a big hit. I would like to cook it during the Christmas holidays, but want to make it ahead of time.
    Would you suggest baking it first and then freezing it or freeze it unbaked and then cook it after thawing.

    Thanks!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Rachel,
      Either way will work, but if were me, I would bake it first. Let it cool completely, then wrap the pan in plastic wrap with a layer of aluminum foil over it. Thaw it in the fridge that way and put it straight into the oven with the plastic and foil on it. About half way through the reheating time, remove everything and finish heating it uncovered.

  34. Cindy

    Delicious!! Meat sauce is the the absolute BEST!!. I let it simmer for two hours. It turned out great. I will definitely add this to my dinner rotation. Thanks for the awesome recipe Brianne!

  35. Britt

    Could I substitute the 1/2 of water for red wine. I made a recipe years ago that had red wine and I’m unable to find it but your recipe sounds too yummy to pass up.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I’ve never tried to substitute wine into the lasagna recipe, but I can’t think of a reason that it won’t work, Britt. Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

  36. Kelsey

    Do you think it would be okay to leave the sauce cooking in a crockpot all day while I work? It would just be easier for me to make it the night before, and leave it on low in the crockpot while I work.

    1. I haven’t tried it, but I would think you could leave it all day in the crockpot. I have actually made the sauce a day or two before and then put the cooked sauce in the fridge. I assembled the lasagna with the cold sauce and just gave it a little longer in the oven. This recipe is pretty flexible.

  37. Dyane

    5 stars
    Do you have any advice for halving the recipe to make two 6 serving size lasagnas? What size pan should I use (an 8×8)? How long I should cook it for? (It’s just my husband and myself. And I’m the only one that eats leftovers.) Plus I’d like to make some for a friend. Thank you for this amazingly awesome post!

    1. I haven’t tried it myself, but you could probably split it between two square pans so you can freeze one. It freezes well both before and after it is baked, so you can also bake the whole thing and freeze individual servings to just warm up when you want it. I’d try baking it for 15 minutes covered, then another 15-20 uncovered.

  38. Sharon

    5 stars
    I adore this lasagna. I’ve been making this recipe for years and somehow lost my recipe. I was distraught till I found yours which is exactly the same! You saved me! Just an aside though, your ingredient list doesn’t include the fennel seeds. It’s in the directions to put them in (vital ingredient in my book) but it’s not on the list. Thank you!

  39. Kathryn Young

    I am making your lasagna right now and it smells amazing! I don’t see fennel in the list of ingredients,but it’s mentioned in the directions. How much fennel seed should be used? I crushed about 1/2 tsp since I wasn’t sure.

  40. Troy Lindeman

    4 stars
    I am making this for dinner tomight. The sauce is very flavorful! WOW!! There are a few mistakes in the recipe. Maybe I missed you addressing them. There are no fennel seeds listed in the ingredients but they are used in the directions. Ingredient list says 2t of salt and the directions say 1T. Both of these are easy fixes for an experienced cook. Thanks for the delicious new recipe. Sauce will definetly be added to our rotation.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Thank you so much for bringing the recipe errors to my attention, Troy. I’ll make sure that the recipe is updated. I’m so glad that you were able to make and enjoy the lasagna!

  41. Stephen

    Hi Brianne!

    I wanted to try making my own lasagna and decided that your recipe looks the best!
    I just wanted to know if I should chop the sausage before I cook it or not, because they usually have a casing and would just break apart?

    Can’t wait to try this tomorrow night!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Laura,
      I use about 1/4 teaspoon of fennel in the lasagna recipe. If you like the taste of fennel, you can certainly use more.

  42. Delilah

    5 stars
    Love this lasagna recipe simply because it makes a lot of sauce. With just two of us now we cannot finish off a pan of lasagna in one sitting. I always have to open a jar of pasta sauce for leftovers. Not so with this recipe. It stayed perfectly moist. One tip I learned years ago when using regular noodles is to boil some water, pour them over your noodles & let them sit in a pan for an hour or so. No more broken noodles.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I love your tip for cooking noodles, Delilah. Thank you, and I’m so happy you enjoyed the lasagna!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      You can definitely make the lasagna ahead of time, Jenn! I would just store it in the refrigerator and reheat it covered with aluminum foil at 375 for 30 minutes or so, then pull off the foil and continue heating it until the cheese get bubbly.

  43. Dianne

    I have made this several times following the recipe exactly. I made with boil and no boil lasagna noodles and it is wonderful. When using no boil noodles make sure they are totally covered up with sauce or they will not bake properly and be dry.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I’m so glad to hear that you like the lasagna recipe, Dianne. You are absolutely correct about the no boil lasagna noodles… they get very dry if they don’t have any moisture to soak up during the cooking process.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Paige, the recipe is at the bottom of the World’s Best Lasagna post. I had some issues with my website on the day you viewed the post, so it’s possible that it was missing at that time, and if so, I sincerely apologize. You should have no problem finding it now. 🙂

  44. Maggie

    I plan on making two of these tonight and would like to freeze one for an easy dinner later. What cooking temp and time do you use after freezing?

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Maggie,
      I would let the lasagna thaw out before reheating. The water that accumulates will actually help to rehydrate the lasagna noodles. Reheat the pan well covered with aluminum foil at 350 F. for about 25 minutes. Then remove the foil and continue heating for another 10 minutes, or until the lasagna is hot and bubbly. Enjoy!

  45. Christina Rao

    Looks Amazing! this year for Christmas I am making lasagna. I took out my late sisters Infamous lasagna recipe and the ingredients are exactly the same as this world famous lasagna. growing up Italian and in New York we couldn’t go out and play on Saturday mornings until after we helped our dad make the sauce meatballs and macaroni for Sunday’s meal. I’m so looking forward to making this recipe.

  46. Lenore

    Hello Brianne,

    Could you make this lasagna the day before, refrigerate, and then cook in the oven the next day? I want to make it for Christmas Eve dinner but don’t want to spend my day cooking this.

    Thanks….

    Lenore 🙂

  47. G. Smith

    I don’t know if this is the “world’s best” lasagna but it sure was delicious. The sauce definitely made it and I will be making this again!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I suppose the term “world’s best” does leave room for interpretation. I’m glad you enjoyed it though. 🙂

  48. Scott M

    Outstanding recipe! The sauce alone is one of the best I’ve had. I use San Marzano tomatoes and simmer it for 3 hours. Thanks so much for sharing this great Italian classic!

  49. Lindsay

    I’m not sure who posted this “1 of 5 star” review, but there must have been a mistake. I love to cook, and I typically take a base recipe and make it my own (not a complete revolt of the original, but to my own taste). This recipe is DELICIOUS. My only real change is that I like a little spice, so I sub the sweet Italian sausage for a pound of “hot”/spicy Italian sausage. I use a 1:1 ratio of lean (90:10) ground beef and spicy/hot Italian sausage and I use all fresh herbs instead of dried. Other than that, I do this to the letter. It is AMAZING. I have had nothing but compliments. I serve with homemade garlic bread and Italian style green beans w/ a touch of butter, garlic, red pepper flake, S&P. I recommend starting with the original recipe and figure out what makes it best for you, because this is a great recipe. Thanks for the deliciousness!!

      1. Lyn

        Hi! I had a quick question. On the oven ready noodles. Do u add the water/milk the pan like the box says to? I’m am so excited to try this recipe. I am making it as we speak!!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Sure, Juana! If you’re going to add bacon, I would recommend cooking it first so that the grease doesn’t soak into the lasagna as it bakes. Enjoy!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      You absolutely can substitute ground turkey for ground beef in this lasagna recipe. It’ll be even healthier!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Debra,
      I’m sorry to hear that you’re having problems with the lasagna filling being runny. Be sure to drain your noodles well before assembling the lasagna, and maybe even cut back on the amount of sauce you use. I hope those tips help!

  50. Sarah

    This lasagna was amazing. I put the cooked meat in the crockpot with the sauce ingredients and Simmered several hours on low. Probably one of the best things I’ve made!

  51. Jan

    I made your recipe and really liked it, I ended up with three layers of noodles. Does yours have three layers of noodles? I just see that you said repeat but the recipe calls for 12 noodles. I have reread the instructiions several times to see if I missed a layer somewhere lol but I just see repeat layers. I used the wide no cook noodles 4 per layer. That gave me 3 layers. Its cooking now. I soaked the noodles in the sauce prior to placing them on the meat sauce. The first time I made this recipe It was a little dry and tough but the flavor was delicious. I improvised also on the sauce I can of spaghetti sauce 1 can of 15 oz Italian diced tomatoes and two cans of tomato sauce. 1 lb of ground beef, I lb of Italian sausage, and 4 diced up andouille sausages precooked first. everything else the same. I hope you don’t mind my sharing. so I take full responsibility if it doesn’t turn out due to my changes.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Jan!
      I’m glad that you enjoyed the recipe, and I bet the andouille really amped up the flavor. Great idea!
      When I make the lasagna, I use 3 noodles per layer, because they tend to expand a lot. That’s how I start with 12 noodles and end up with 4 layers. I think 3 layers is perfect, though. 🙂

      1. Jenna

        4 stars
        I had skinnier noodelles and came out with only 2 layers and u ran out of meat. I also had to increase to 2 cups of meat sauce per layer:(

        1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

          I’m sorry to hear that the recipe didn’t turn out perfectly for you, Jenna. I hope it still tasted good! 🙂

  52. Travis

    I have been making this recipe since 2010. It’s John Chandler’s recipe that I found on allrecipes.com
    I don’t know John but I think he should get some credit for this great lasagna recipe since it is his. This recipe on this website is exact copy as his recipe. He shared for everyone to enjoy, I think it’s fair he get credit for it.

    1. Connie EWING

      Travis, your comment, while probably most credible, would probably have been better sent to Brianne as private message. Just my opinion.

  53. Rachel

    I JUST made this, and it was actually the best lasagna ever. It was my first time making lasagna, and I am blown away by how well it turned out. I served it with fresh garlic bread. Thank you so much for this recipe!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the lasagna recipe and that it was easy for you to make, too. Thank you for your nice comment, Rachel!

  54. Dennis

    If I were to freeze this lasagne unbaked, should I let it thaw before baking it later? Thank you. I’m looking forward to this meal.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Elizabeth, the oven setting is 375 F. It’s shown next to number 7 in the cooking instructions. I hope you enjoy the lasagna recipe!

  55. Theresa

    This recipe was really good. I omitted the fennel seed as well and added 2 table spoons of smoked paprika and a teaspoon of nutmeg as well as some spinach on the last layer. Thank you for the recipe!

  56. Heather Nickel

    This recipe is awesome and approved by everyone in our family of 5! I’ve made it fresh every time so far, but am going to freeze one to help during my recovery from my upcoming surgery. Do you recommend defrosting first, and for how long? How much added baking time do you suggest? Thanks so much and take care.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      We’re glad to hear that you’re enjoying the recipe, Heather, and we hope that your surgery goes well.
      We recommend that you transfer the lasagna from the freezer to the refrigerator at least 24-48 hours before you want to reheat it. You’ll want it to be completely defrosted to prevent any cold spots in the center. Reheating shouldn’t take much longer than the time shown on the recipe. You may want to add an extra 5-10 minutes to the cooking time before uncovering it.

  57. Kerstyn

    This was my first time making lasagna and it was incredible! It was so good the sauce was perfect! I’m never going back to stouffers lol

  58. Fabrizio

    Well…. this is a big anouncement, you made with the comment “world best ladagne”….big smile
    The verry best Ladagne made my Grandma…..
    But i will give you a chance for the 2.place… will try your lasagne and then we will see….

  59. Dani

    I was diagnosed with Celiac’s about 4 years ago. I made this lasagna last night using Tinkyada gluten free brown rice lasagna noodles. The only other changes I made was doubling the garlic and adding a pinch of cinnamon to the sauce. I remember eating regular lasagna, both homemade and restaurant, and I have to say this gluten free version I made was literally THE BEST LASAGNA I HAVE EVER EATEN. And my boyfriend said the same thing and he can eat gluten!! I got the Tinkyada noodles at my local health food store. I’m pretty sure they carry them at Wegman’s too. Thank you so much for posting this amazing recipe, it will be my go-to recipe for lasagna in the future.

  60. Ingrid

    Just want to commend you for a great lasagna recipe! I used it to make my first lasagna ever and have made several plates by now and I can’t get enough of it! My family loves it! Thanks!

  61. Mary

    If you really love lasagna and want to try the very best and get to Italy, since I doubt it’ll be very easily found ready-made in the U.S., seek out one made the way my cousin in Italy makes it…with 12 layers of soft thin homemade lasagna noodles layered with béchamel sauce, cheese and meat sauce. The very best is baked in a wood-burning pizza oven as she does with hers. It’s out of this world!! I did find one just as good in Florence, but not in most other touristy restaurant areas in Italy.

    I did a quick online search and found this recipe that you can try at home for the next best thing…http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/lasagne-bolognese-51193620

  62. Madison

    This recipe is delicious! The sauce is fantastic but if you brown the meat and then simmer the sauce for 1-2 hours you’re left with some pretty overcooked pieces. I’m making my sauce tonight and just adding the meat raw. It’s going to be super yummy! Great recipe!

  63. This is wonderful and it did really stay stacked up when serving. Like others, I used diced tomatoes, along with the paste. I tried half cottage cheese, that I let dry on paper towels in the fridge for an hour or so, and I slathered Ricotta on the no boil noodles like peanut butter on a cracker. Since I couldn’t decide between Ricotta and Cottage, I went with both! It was delicious, and enormous and got raves from all who sampled the leftovers as well. 

  64. dee

    I made this yesterday. It was indeed the World’s Best, and although it took awhile, I simmered the sauce for just over two hours, it was very easy. I was so proud of myself. Like others I decided to split the ground pork into 1/2 sweet and 1/2 hot. SPOT ON! Thanks!

  65. Alicia

    I just have to say that I made this last night and this was so delicious!!! I didn’t even let the sauce simmer long before assembling and it still tasted fantastic. This was also my first time making lasagna. Thanks for posting this!

  66. Jody

    You can assemble your lasagna casserole ahead of time — say, the night before, or in the morning — with uncooked regular lasagna noodles. Just increase amount of sauce a little and refrigerate. Add some extra time to bake, since the lasagna is cold. It comes out perfectly fine!

  67. Shay

    Funny, I just across this recipe and it’s been on my fridge since last night to go into the oven in about two hours today. It really is delicious if anyone is wondering.

  68. Ericka

    5 stars
    Do you think your sauce would make a good spaghetti sauce? I made this recipe BTW and the lasagna was amazing! I got compliments from everyone that had it.

  69. 5 stars
    World’s Best? How can you beat it?? I have never made lasagna using no boil noodles, that makes it so much easier! My Italian grandmother would spend all day in the kitchen making a lasagna, can’t wait to try your recipe! Looks wonderful! Nettie XXOO

  70. Yolanda Donan

    I made this lasagna on a quiet Sunday night, and let me tell you!!! Both my husband and I were so surprised at how delicious it turned out! Yum! We are newlyweds, so this recipie is definitely going down in history as a “family favorite”! Thanks so much for sharing.

  71. Shantel

    This looks fabulous. I’ve never made homemade lasagna, so I hope I’m not going to be in over my head. I have a few questions. I don’t currently own a Dutch oven, will a big pot work as well? And are you supposed to drain the grease from the meat? I’m not much of a good cook, but am trying my hardest to branch out and try new things. So no laughing at my questions lol. Thanks!

  72. Annette

    5 stars
    This is the best meat sauce ever. But I tried using the whole wheat noodles and it was not so good. I even added salt to the water, which usually works for us. But this time not so much. But I am not sure what went wrong with the Riccota cheese mix? It came out dry. I will try this again with regular noodles. Any suggestions for the Riccota mix?

  73. Louise

    4 stars
    I have this baking right now, and it is the first lasagna I’ve ever made! Hubby wanted lasagna, so I made a double batch (it is his fav food, so I am freezing one for later). I may be missing something, but I only used 6 pieces of lasagna per pan… Am I missing layers? It says to only repeat the layers once (there isn’t enough ricotta mixture for more than 1 repeat). I also see 4 layers of noodles in the picture.

    Can you clarify on the layers more as to how to get enough noodle layers?

  74. Judy Servidio

    5 stars
    Heard a neighbor had to go to the hospital urgently. I quickly searched for a good lasagna recipe to make for the family.
    I made this lasagna and took it over. We all sat down to eat adn the compliments started coming in! This is a delicious recipe! Fantastic blends of seasonings!

    Judy

  75. Andrea

    I’m assuming you drain the grease form the meat before adding the crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce? I;m making this now and it doesn’t say to drain the meat.

  76. Andrea

    5 stars
    I am making this tonight! The sauce is simmering as I type and smells amazing!
    I added some puréed spinach to the sauce for my picky 2 year old.
    Can hardly wait for supper tonight…thank you!

  77. Juliana

    This recipe looks great! I think I may try half hot and half sweet Italian sausage to give it a kick. When you make 2 at a time, so you just double all the ingredients?

  78. Jennifer

    5 stars
    Made this lasagna today for my Hubby’s birthday. He absolutely loved it and so did I!! He said it tastes better than his mom’s!! Shhh, I won’t tell her!! Lol This Lasagna is truly the World’s Best Lasagna!!!

  79. Leah

    5 stars
    I wanted to make my mother’s lasagna recipe for a party, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. She passed away 9 years ago, so I couldn’t ask her either. But I saw “world’s best lasagna” and figured this has to be close, since everybody LOVED my mom’s lasagna. Well, this recipe is almost exactly what I remember my mom making. A couple minor changes here and there (I don’t think she added sugar and she used half hot italian sausage), but I think just about everything else is the same. Thank you so much for helping me recreate a favorite from my childhood!

  80. 5 stars
    I was looking for a good lasagna recipe and came across this one (THANK GOD) it was amazing my family loved it! the only change i made was adding mushrooms to the meat sauce it was perfect thanks so much!

  81. Jaclyn

    I made this last night for a dinner party and it was a hit! I made the suggested changes as well and it turned out fabulous! It even tastes great the day after making it. Thanks for sharing!

  82. Lisa

    I just have to say – I made this today for dinner (and to freeze the remainder since I’m 38+ weeks pregnant!) and man was it good. My husband LOVED it. I made the changes you suggested… and it was perfect. Thanks for sharing!!

  83. Teri

    I have tried to make lasagna many times with many recipes and while each came out good, none compared to this one! It is now my favorite, it was excellent! Thanks for sharing !

  84. I made your “World’s Best Lasagna” for my brother-in-law’s birthday last night and he as well as everyone else there, and they couldn’t stop telling me how delicious it was. Kudos to you for sharing this excellent recipe. Thank you.

  85. Becky

    This recipe looks great!! Have you ever prepared it the night before and refrigerated it until the next day? If so, how has this affected your cooking time?

    1. 5 stars
      I’ve made this several times now. I absolutely love it! It was my first time ever making lasagna. I also like to make a small (loaf pan size) lasagna since I always have plenty of sauce. I double the ricotta cheese part too…because it’s creamy deliciousness! Yum! I have brought it to work a few times and it always gets destroyed. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

      1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

        Thank you for rating the recipe and your nice comment, Tiffany. I don’t blame you one bit for doubling up on the ricotta cheese, either. SMART MOVE, because yes… creamy deliciousness!

  86. Hillary

    Your lasagna looks amazing! I think I’ll try it out today.

    My Omi (dad’s mom) used to make the BEST turkey soup – it was the best treat. That, and these german buns with bacon and onion inside (called schpekuchen – and I know that’s not how it’s spelled!). I really miss those!

  87. Debbie

    The secret to most “casseroles”, is just like meat… they need to “rest” before cutting into them. They will reabsorb some of the moisture and firm up a bit.

    1. Wendy Slopsema

      Mullers and Barilla actually make gluten free, oven ready lasagna noodles. I like Barilla best, but they both are really good. But they are not available at all stores, not sure why not when most grocery stores have plenty of both name brands in other pasta choices. I am trying your lasagna recipe tonight for dinner, except I am using the Mullers lasagna choice instead. I think Barilla was out of stock.

  88. Charlie

    Morning Brianne!

    I also have a to die for recipe, but I will definitely give yours a try :~D

    I have an eggplant lasagne that I make all the time, and here is what I do.

    I slice my eggplant into sheets, and then egg and flour them, do them up in the frying pan until crisp on either side. They are used for my layers in place of pasta.
    Wonderful! The lasagne does not get sloppy, and it is so good!

    Thank you for sharing
    Have a Joyful Day
    Charlie

      1. Charlie

        Brianne:

        I’m not sure, as I have never used gluten free flour.

        The old saying goes “You will never know until you try”

        I would give it a try!

        Have a Joyful Day!

        Charlie

  89. Amy

    I do love lasagne! I think the eggplant is a great idea! I have been working on gluten free pasta (from rice) and will let you know how it progresses!

      1. Pam C

        I realize this is coming waaaayyyy after your post, but I had to share my gluten-free sanity saver: “Jovial” brand pasta!!! And yes, they DO make a fabulous lasagna noodle! (And even a genuine egg noodle yumm). Some chain grocery stores sell this brand, but it can be hard to find. I just make friends with the store managers and they order it if they can get it from their distributers. You can look them up at jovialfoods.com to learn more about their mission and their products. Have to say, I can cook this stuff up and even my gluten eaters rarely notice any difference. The lasagna is such a treat, and it freezes beautifully, just like the regular variety. Hope you can find it, and enjoy!

  90. This really does look like an amazing lasagna. Will have to give it a try.

    As for my favorite dish of my grandmother’s, I never got to try any of it! She always lived in Korea while I was in the States. Sad, I know, but lots of food bloggers post their grandmothers recipes so it works out! 🙂

  91. I’d have to say it was my Grandmother’s Lasagna with the vats of gravy and meat (sausage, pork, meatballs and brasciole!) I’m 1/2 Italian! lol This looks fabulous and eggplant is a great alternative. I also recently tried it with zucchini and it was amazing!

  92. Nathan

    My grandmas Soft and fluffy sugar cookies with icing are hands down the most memorable food I will keep in my life

      1. Nathan

        There they are….I’m big into the food scene and Ms. Chubley asked if I would share them on our local talk show Indy Style

        1. Kelly

          5 stars
          I tried clicking on the link but it was broken!! Darn because my grandma used to make cookies like this that sound familiar and it’s one of her recipes that I can’t seem to find so was hoping yours was working to compare!!

          1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

            Hi Kelly. I’m so sorry that you weren’t able to get the link to Nathan’s cookie recipe. I went to the Wish TV website to see if I could find it for you but sadly, could not find it. It looks like the station takes down the videos after a while.

  93. Meatballs. Italian grandmothers make lots of meatballs. At least, mine did.

    Lasagna is always super yummy, but your’s looks soooo nice. I can never get my pieces to come out that perfectly. The noodles always slide off. What’s your secret?

      1. Pauline

        I want to try your World’s Best Lasagna but my daughter has egg allergies. Do you think this recipe would be just as good without eggs?

    1. Patty

      I know secret to keeping your lasagna in one piece and not sloppy. You must let it cool fairly long to set up, before serving.
      I too like the Barilla no cook lasagna noodles. But I do cook them slightly before use, because I find they dry out the Casserole too much. Plus they grow in size so much. You use way less noodles if you cook them half way first. I also like the no cook noodles because they are thinner.
      Another secret it to cook it the day before, then reheat the day of serving. Seems to firm up the slices beautifully.
      I also add parmesan and some mozzarella to the ricotta. Two eggs.

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