Super Meaty and Cheesy No Boil Lasagna

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When you need to cook for a pot luck, bring a meal to a friend, or just want to bring a huge smile to your family’s faces, do you have a g0-to dish? I do! For me, it’s this super meaty and cheesy lasagna. Is there anything more comforting than pasta, cheese and meat?

I remember in college, there was a fast food Italian restaurant just across the street from my dorm room and every single time I went, I ordered the lasagna, usually because it wasn’t something I ate on a regular basis at home. When I moved into my first apartment, I tried to figure out how to make it myself and was totally freaked out by the idea of boiling lasagna noodles and then placing them carefully without breaking them. Like me, so many are just not interested in all of the work involved (though the end result is always worth the time and hard work, I’m sure).

I’m not sure I actually made lasagna until I discovered Barilla oven ready (no boil) lasagna noodles years ago. GAME CHANGER! They also have a gluten-free option! It’s so much easier and actually has a recipe right on the back of the box (which is where I got the inspiration for this recipe). Over the years, I’ve tweaked that recipe a bit until we finally had what we considered to be the perfect lasagna recipe. Every time we make it for friends or for events, we get so many rave reviews, so I figured it’s time I share with you guys as well!

This step-by-step lasagna recipe features beef and sausage, tons of cheese and no boil noodles. It's hearty, easy to make and super delicious.

ricotta mozzarella parmesan cheese mixture

steps to make a cheesy and meaty lasagna

steps to make a cheesy and meaty lasagna

steps to make a cheesy and meaty lasagna

Since this isn’t a really hard recipe, just time intensive, I thought it would be easiest to break everything up into photo steps for you. Of course, I forgot to take a photo of one of the steps… in between 6 and 7 should be where you add the mozzarella cheese, but I do specify that in the recipe below, so hopefully that isn’t too confusing.

Let’s talk about some specifics. I use dried spices when I’m cooking the meat, and fresh basil and oregano for the cheese mixture. I have no real method to my madness, it’s just something I got used to doing. If you want to add the fresh garlic, basil and oregano to the meat as well, you can! Fresh spices make a huge difference and it will only make the flavors that much better!

For the cheese mixture, I use a small scoop and put 12 scoops of the cheese mixture (4 columns and 3 rows – see step 6 in photos). It’s the easiest way I’ve found to do it. When you put the lasagna noodle layer on and press down slightly, it will help to distribute it throughout the dish.

lasagna straight out of the oven

slice of lasagna on a plate

slice of lasagna on a plate

Lots of meat and cheese, layered between no boil lasagna noodles and marinara sauce, make this meal hearty, easy to make and super delicious.

I cook both ground beef and mild Italian sausage together for this lasagna. I try to buy the ground mild Italian sausage, but you can also buy sausage in the casing and squeeze it out as well. Cook both meats in the same pan so that they blend together nicely. You can choose to drain or leave the excess oil from the meat before you add it to the lasagna. When I took these photos, you can probably tell that I didn’t drain it. It’s good either way, it’s just a matter of preference.

For the sauce, I always use marinara sauce. I do have a couple of favorite brands, but usually use Prego Farmers Market Classic Marinara. It’s one of the least expensive options and the flavor is one of the best, in our opinion. I almost always have a little bit left once I’ve put together the lasagna. I save that and heat it up and serve it on the side, as a dipping sauce with some garlic bread.

slice of lasagna on a plate

half eaten lasagna in baking dish

slice of lasagna on a plate

Now that you know a little about the dish, I’m excited to share the recipe with you. If you do make it, I’d love for you to share a photo and tag us on social media or comment below and let me know what you think. We love feedback from our readers!

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Super Meaty and Cheesy No Boil Lasagna

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slice of super meaty and cheesy lasagna

Super Meaty and Cheesy No Boil Lasagna


  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life

Description

Two pounds of meat and nine cups of cheese are layered in between no boil lasagna noodles and marinara sauce, making this meal hearty, easy to make and super delicious.


Ingredients

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  • 2 jars marinara sauce
  • 1 box oven-ready lasagna noodles (15 total)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 1/2 tsp each salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder, basil
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 6 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon each fresh basil and fresh oregano, chopped finely

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking dish and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan and add beef and sausage together. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder and basil. Stir and crumble until fully cooked. Drain and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, 1 cup of mozzarella, 1 cup of parmesan cheese, fresh basil and fresh oregano. Stir until combined. (step 1 and 2 in photos)
  • On the bottom of your baking dish, spread one cup of marinara sauce so that the entire bottom is covered as best as possible. (step 3 in photos)
  • Lay 4 sheets of no boil lasagna noodles on top of the sauce, slightly overlapping. (step 4 in photos)
  • Cover lasagna noodles with another cup of sauce. Makes sure noodles are totally covered – especially the corners. (step 5 in photos)
  • Using a small scoop, scoop out your cheese mixture and layer on top. (step 6 in photos)
  • Sprinkle a few handfuls of mozzarella cheese throughout. (forgot a picture of this step, oops)
  • Top with 1/3 of your meat. (step 7 in photos)
  • Lay 4 sheets of no boil lasagna noodles on top, slightly overlapping and press down gently. (step 8 in photos)
  • Repeat steps 5 through 8 again another two times. The final layer of noodles will only be 3 sheets (step 9 in photos)
  • Cover lasagna noodles with another cup of sauce. (step 10 in photos)
  • Separate 1 cup of mozzarella and set aside. Place the rest of the mozzarella on top of the lasagna. (step 12 in photos)
  • Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
  • When it’s done, remove foil and top with the rest of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake for 5 minutes and then broil for 3 minutes (uncovered).
  • Let rest for 15-20 minutes before serving.

Love lasagna but don't love the amount of time it takes? This super meaty and cheesy lasagna recipe features oven ready noodles, two different meats and lots of cheese!

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  1. I prefer to drain mine . So its not so runny in the lasagne. Looks like I will be preparing this this weekend , its been a minute

  2. Wow, I can’t wait to try this cheesy lasagna version of yours! Just by looking on your post, it’s so yummy!

  3. This looks scrumptious. We love lasagna at home so we’ll have to make this soon.

  4. That is so meaty and cheesy indeed. You got me drooling in these photos!

  5. Omg, you got me craving for lasagna so much. I’m dying to eat something like this right now.

  6. I love Lasagna because it’s my favorite pasta all the time! And I can’t wait to try this recipe of yours.

  7. The first time my mom made lasagna with these noodle I was convinced it wasn’t gonna work. They worked great and tasted just as great!

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  9. OMG, this looks just so delicious!!!
    Love your recipe with all the photos, so comprehensive and detailed!

  10. Okay so don’t judge me…. but I NEVER would have thought to scoop the ricotta mixture on ! BUT OMG thats GENIUS!

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      Ha! I would never judge you. I actually JUST started doing this not long ago. I used to spoon it on and it made such a mess. I was always trying to distribute it evenly and it never worked, until I started using the scoop. It changed my life.

  11. I love lasagna. Heather -your photos are always so perfect but on this post I am loving the 1-14 photos showing exactly how you made the lasagna. so helpful!!

  12. I have to make this. I haven’t had homemade lasagna in years. Thank goodness for oven ready lasagna noodles.

  13. The pictures made me wanted to make the lagsana immediately. The cheese on top is just so tempting. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. This is exactly how I make my lasagna! And last week while I was out of town, my boys made one! I am so glad they are good cooks!

  15. I LOVE those no boil noodles -so easy! I am vegetarian, but I’ve recently been into fake meat products (beyond meat, etc) That would be a good swap here. With these lasagnas you can really add anything honestly

  16. This recipe reminded me of my granny, she use to make these for us when we were young and now you have inspired me to try this for my kids !

  17. My family goes crazy over lasagna. It’s our family favorite dish! Your recipe sounds easy!

  18. I love making my mom’s lasagna but have never tried the no boil noodles. I want to now after reading this post! Seems like they really do turn out just as good as the traditional kind.

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  19. This cheesy lasagna looks so delicious! I am craving right now. Ugh! Im gonna buy ingredients later and make this. Yum!

  20. I love lasagna. This looks amazing too. I’m always up to trying out other lasagna recipes too. I’m going to save this one to try out later.

  21. This lasagna looks so delicious! I would really love to make this for dinner for everyone.

  22. I love lasagna! Especially the no-boil kind. This is awesome, thanks for sharing!

  23. Bravo, Heather!
    I really like the recipe and your pictures. Would like to come to dinner!

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