• 1 12 – 14 oz can tomato sauce
• 1 12 -14 oz can diced tomatoes
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 medium onion
• 1 clove garlic
• ¼ cup chopped basil
• 1 lb Italian sausage
• 16 oz lasagna pasta
• 12 oz ricotta cheese
• 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
• 8 oz grated parmesan cheese
Lasagna is a layered pasta dish. If you never made lasagna before, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to assemble the lasagna layers. Here are the step-by-step instructions how to make lasagna – with pictures!
Step 1 Of How To Make Lasagna: Boil Or Soak Lasagna Noodles
Before assembling lasagna, you have to make lasagna noodles soft. You can do it by either boiling lasagna noodles according to directions printed on their package, or you can soak them in hot water. I prefer the soaking method since it’s much easier. Just put the lasagna noodles in the baking dish, and fill with hot tap water. In 15 minutes, lasagna noodles will be soft without boiling.
Step 2 Of How To Make Lasagna: Make Meat Sauce
Cook chopped onion on a frying pan, add ground meat and cook through, then add tomato sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.
Step 3 Of How To Make Lasagna: Pour Tomato Sauce On The Bottom Of The Baking Dish
Pour just enough tomato sauce to coat the bottom of the baking dish:
Step 4 Of How To Make Lasagna: Add A Layer Of Lasagna Noodles
Put lasagna noodles in a baking dish side by side in a single layer.
Step 5 Of How To Make Lasagna: Add A Meat Sauce Layer
Spread the meat sauce on top of the lasagna noodles to make a meat sauce layer.
Step 6 Of How To Make Lasagna: Add Another Layer Of Lasagna Noodles
Put lasagna noodles side-by-side in a single layer on top of the meat sauce
Step 7 Of How To Make Lasagna: Add Tomato Sauce
Pour 1 cup of tomato sauce on top of the lasagna noodles. Spread it if necessary so it evenly covers the lasagna noodles.
Step 8 Of How To Make Lasagna: Add Ricotta Cheese
Add ricotta cheese to lasagna. First, just spoon it onto the lasagna, then spread it with your hands to form a single layer.
Here’s a picture of when the ricotta was first put on the lasagna (before spreading it even).
Step 9 Of How To Make Lasagna: Add Another Layer Of Lasagna Noodles
Put lasagna noodles side-by-side in a single layer on top of the ricotta cheese
Step 10 Of How To Make Lasagna: Add Tomato Sauce
Pour the remaining tomato sauce on top of the lasagna.
Step 11 Of How To Make Lasagna: Sprinkle With Shredded Cheese
Congratulations! You got to the last lasagna layer – shredded cheese! Sprinkle the lasagna with shredded cheese of your choice, and it will be ready to go in the oven.
Here’s the picture where you can see all the beautiful layers of the assembled lasagna:
Step 12 Of How To Make Lasagna: Bake The Lasagna
Cover the lasagna dish with foil. Put the lasagna in preheated 350F oven and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Take the lasagna out of the oven. Wait for 10 minutes before cutting and serving the lasagna.
Here’s the baked lasagna, ready to eat!