Ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella combine to give this lasagna an irresistible gooey factor. Store-bought tomato sauce offers convenience and is perked up with a little fresh basil, garlic, and ground red pepper.
Combine ricotta, 2 tablespoons parsley, oregano, thyme, salt, black pepper, 1 cup mozzarella, 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, and egg in a small bowl. Combine basil, red pepper, garlic, and pasta sauce in a medium bowl.
Cut the noodles into 9 (7 x 2-inch) pieces; discard remaining pieces. Spread 1/2 cup pasta sauce mixture in bottom of an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 3 noodles over pasta sauce mixture; top with about 2/3 cup ricotta mixture and 3/4 cup pasta sauce mixture. Repeat layers twice, ending with 1/2 cup pasta sauce mixture. Top evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and remaining 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes.
Preheat broiler to high. (Keep lasagna in oven.)
Broil lasagna for 2 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and sauce is bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons parsley.
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Made this on vacation at the coast. Really tasty and everyone loved it. I used more garlic. I also didn't have fresh oregano so I used some dried Italian seasoning and it was fine. Will definitely make again.
First warning: make SURE you have the right size pan. Mine was 9 by 9 instead of 8 by 8, and it didn't really work well at all -- I didn't have enough sauce, the noodles didn't fit right, and it came out pretty dry.
Also be sure you cover the dish with foil when you bake it, because I think that also contributed to how dry it got. Came out kinda burned, really -- I didn't use the broiler at all.
And I don't think you'll need 1/4 cup basil. Well, I used dried basil -- maybe fresh basil wouldn't have been as much.
Still, this is a simple recipe (especially good for my first time trying lasagne, I'll admit), and I think it'll be good if you can get it right!
I have four girls ranging in ages from 1-13, and they all asked for seconds. It was very tasty and we didn't mind the fresh herbs, in fact I added some spinach and it was still delicious. The fresher the ingredients the better!
I thought this recipe had too much sauce and I did not think the fresh basil worked with that long of a cooking time. However, it was easy and pretty tasty so I will try this again using dried basil and less sauce. The other fresh herbs worked fine.