Ellie's Lasagna

This super-simple recipe gets rave reviews from our readers. Some add mushrooms or a dash or two of Italian seasoning, while others substitute ground turkey or chicken for the ground beef.

Yield: Makes 6 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Bake: 40 Minutes
Stand: 10 Minutes


  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 1 (15-oz.) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon pressed garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 (26-oz.) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 4 cups (16 oz.) shredded Italian three-cheese blend


  1. 1. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain noodles, and set aside.
  2. 2. Stir together ricotta cheese and garlic; set aside.
  3. 3. Cook 1 lb. ground beef in a large skillet, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce.
  4. 4. Layer a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish with one-third each of noodles, ricotta mixture, shredded cheese blend, and meat sauce. Repeat layers twice.
  5. 5. Bake at 375° for 35 to 40 minutes. Let lasagna stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
  6. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Classico di Napoli Tomato & Basil pasta sauce.
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