Best Easy Lasagna Recipe + Video

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The Best Easy Lasagna has layers of flavor with gooey cheese and sausage. Make this cheesy lasagna recipe with no boil noodles for a scrumptious dinner in 40 minutes!

close up of lasagna on white plate

Best Easy Lasagna Recipe

Something about meaty, cheesy dishes is so comforting and they just remind you of gathering around the table with family.

Lasagna used to be reserved for Sunday dinners or special events because preparations took almost all day. Not anymore! This cheesy lasagna recipe only takes 15 minutes to prep before going in the oven.

Another easy meal that’s loaded with flavor is my Cheesy Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf. It tastes just like a double bacon cheeseburger!

My Chili Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Casserole is the ultimate comfort food and works both as a main course or a dish to share at potlucks.

Or, keep things simple by scooping up Barbecue Ranch Chicken Dip with some chips or using it to make gooey loaded nachos!

RECIPE VIDEO

Watch the video in the recipe card at the bottom of this post to see how easy it is to make the best easy lasagna recipe!

spreading sauce on bottom of square pan

Ingredient Notes

  • Hot Italian sausage – If you are sensitive to spicy foods, try sweet Italian sausage instead. I love hot Italian pork sausage in this lasagna, but if you are looking for a lean protein choice, chicken sausage is delicious. You can even use ground beef. However, you’ll need to add extra spices and seasoning if using ground beef.
  • Canned tomatoes – Using fire-roasted tomatoes in place of crushed or diced tomatoes gives recipes a depth of flavor that makes you think it cooked all day long.
  • Lasagna noodles – The secret to the short prep time for this recipe is making the lasagna with no boil noodles. 
  • Cheese – I like to use Kraft’s 5 Cheese Italian Blend Shredded Cheese and 3 Cheese Grated Parmesan because the flavors are wonderful and it saves loads of time on prep. However, feel free to use your favorite cheese blends and shred them by hand instead of using pre-bagged shreds. Whichever way you go, it will be delicious!
tomato sauce with uncooked pasta and cheese in wide pan

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continuing to assemble lasagna in square pan

Storage and reheating

Cover leftovers or transfer to a storage container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Reheat in the microwave or in the oven until warmed through.

This lasagna also freezes beautifully, either baked or unbaked. It’s only because of the no boil noodles.

Just be sure to use it within 3 months for the best quality.

  • Baked: Let the lasagna cool and place in the refrigerator for an hour. Then, either wrap individual slices in foil and store in a Ziploc bag, or cover the entire dish tightly with foil and freeze. If you don’t want your baking dish trapped in the freezer, make the lasagna in a foil pan instead. 
  • Unbaked: Line your baking dish with foil and build the lasagna in the pan. Then, cover tightly with foil and place in the freezer. Once frozen, lift the foil-wrapped lasagna out of the pan and keep in the freezer. Then, just pop the entire thing back in the baking dish when you’re ready to reheat.
lasagna almost fully assembled in square pan

Best Easy Lasagna Recipe FAQ

How long to cook lasagna?

Cook time depends on a few factors: temperature of the oven, type of noodle used, and size of the overall lasagna. Because this recipe bakes at a higher temperature of 425°F, it only takes about 25 minutes to cook.

How do you make lasagna with no boil noodles?

The key is making sure there’s enough liquid so the noodles come out tender and not chewy. Do this by making a thinner sauce.

Use extra tomato sauce and paste, and include the liquid from the canned tomatoes. Using a low moisture ricotta helps balance the extra liquid so the lasagna turns out firm and perfect – not soupy!

pouring parmesan cheese on top of lasagna

Quick Tip

If you prefer a slower cook, increase the bake time by about 10 minutes for every 25 degrees you lower the oven temperature.

And no matter the bake time or temp, always remove the foil during the last 5-10 minutes. This ensures that the cheese gets bubbly and browned.

mozzarella cheese on almost done lasagna

How to reheat a whole frozen lasagna

No need to defrost – you can reheat straight from frozen! If it was baked before freezing, cook for 30-45 minutes at 350°F or until warmed through.

However, unbaked lasagna will need about double the time as the original recipe. I suggest about an hour at 400°F, and then check on it occasionally until it’s warm through the center. Also, keep the pan covered with foil until the last 10-15 minutes of cook time.

Enjoy!

lasagna after being baked in the oven

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lasagna cut into a square on white dinner plate

cheesy lasagna on plate

Best Easy Lasagna Recipe + Video

Donna Elick
This chicken lasagna has layers of flavor with gooey cheese and chicken sausage. Make this easy recipe in 40 minutes with no boil noodles!
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 12

Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/2 pounds hot Italian chicken sausage
  • 29 ounces Hunt’s Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Garlic, 2 14.5-ounce cans
  • 8 ounce can Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Hunt’s Tomato Paste
  • 1 egg
  • 16 ounce container part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup KRAFT Grated Three Cheese Parmesan Cheese, divided
  • 10 oven ready lasagna noodles
  • 1 1/2 KRAFT 5 Cheese Italian Blend Shredded Cheese, 8 ounce packages, divided

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to oven to 425°F.
  • In a large skillet over medium high-heat brown sausage. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • Meanwhile combine ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 4 ounces shredded cheese and egg. Mix until well blended.
  • Spread 1/2 cup meat sauce onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish. Top with a layers of 3 noodles, half the ricotta cheese mixture, and 1/3 of the sauce. Repeat layers.
  • Top with remaining noodles then cover with sauce and sprinkle ¼ cup Parmesan cheese. Spread remaining 8 ounces of shredded cheese over top; cover.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil. Bake, uncovered, 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 235cal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 937mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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best easy lasagna recipe

Originally published March 2013, updated and republished November 2020

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58 Comments

    1. To use frozen lasagna: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 375° for 60-70 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

  1. How about sharing the all day recipe too so we can compare how the quickie one tastes in comparison to the all day one?

  2. you lost me at pre-shredded cheese – it's coated w/corn starch and doesn't melt as well as cheese you shred yourself and it only takes a couple of minutes.

    1. Absolutely understand. Feel free to substitute with mozzarella, provolone and parmesan cheeses. Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

  3. Hi can you substitute cottage cheese instead of ricotta cheese??
    Oh and yes will you post the recipe that takes all day to cook??? I've been searching for a good old fashion spaghetti sauce for a while.

  4. Could you substitute cottage cheese for the ricotta cheese?
    And I would love to see the recipe for the longer version of this!!!
    I have been looking for a while for a real version of meatballs & spaghetti!!!
    Thank you
    Rhonda Aubert
    [email protected]

  5. Hi there – enjoyed your video. My fiance and I just purchased a house and this Friday will be our first night there. We finally have all the painting and most of the renovations done so I hope to make this as our first "home cooked" meal. He's not a fan of hot sausage. Would you recommend keeping it classic with just ground beef or maybe pork sausage for richness? Thank you!

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