- Make sure to use a deep-sided baking dish to ensure you have enough room for all of the layers.
- Place a sheet pan on the rack below the lasagna to catch any drips during the baking time.
- To brown the cheese on the lasagna even more, turn on the broiler for a minute or two at the end.
Substitutions and Variations
- Meat Sauce - Both ground beef and pork are cooked and simmered with the marinara to make a rich and hearty meat sauce. For a vegetarian version of this lasagna, omit the meat and just use plain marinara instead.
- Shredded Cheese - Both mozzarella and parmesan cheeses are used in layering this lasagna. The mozzarella adds a creamy, melty texture, while the parmesan cheese adds a nice sharpness and saltiness. Other cheeses that could be included in the mix could be provolone or romano cheese.
- Lasagna Noodles - Oven ready lasagna noodles make this lasagna quick and easy. Regular noodles or even homemade pasta could also be used.
- Gluten Free - Try gluten free noodles in this recipe to make this lasagna gluten free.
- Extra Veggies - Fresh spinach or kale leaves can be cooked with the onions and garlic to add some extra veggies to the ricotta cheese mixture.
- Spicy - Use spicy Italian sausage instead of ground pork for an extra zesty dish!
Make Ahead Instructions
- Fridge - Wrap the fully assembled lasagna in plastic wrap and store it unbaked in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Remove the lasagna from the refrigerator 30-60 minutes prior to cooking time to allow it to come to room temperature. Remove plastic wrap, cover in foil and bake as directed.
- Freezer - Wrap the fully assembled lasagna in plastic wrap and foil and store it unbaked in the freezer for up to 2 months. Allow the lasagna to fully defrost in the refrigerator. Remove the thawed lasagna 30-60 minutes before cooking time to allow it to come to room temperature. Remove plastic wrap, cover in foil and bake as directed.
Leftover cooled lasagna will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-5 days and in the freezer for up to 1 month. Frozen baked lasagna should be completely thawed in the refrigerator. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave or oven.