Our Best Lasagna Recipes
For a hearty, make-ahead meal, you can’t go wrong with a classic lasagna dish! From light veggie lasagnas to rich and meaty lasagnas, you’re sure to find one your family will love in this collection of our best lasagna recipes!
Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce
This simple lasagna is perfect for when you're short on time, but craving a comforting meal. Ready in just over an hour, it requires only 50 minutes of cooking in the oven.
Extra-lean ground beef (which sometimes cooks up dry) works well here because it's combined with marinara to keep it moist. For a quick and easy variation, feel free to use 9 whole lasagna noodles instead of 6 broken noodles, using 3 noodles per layer. You also can sub fresh basil leaves for the parsley sprinkled on at the end.
Our favorite recipe from the Cooking Light column, this lightened-up lasagna tastes every bit as flavorful as the traditional version.
Vegetable Lasagna with Butternut Béchamel
Here's a sauce so good you'll want to eat it by the spoonful. Make a double batch, and stir into whole grains, drizzle over vegetables, or use as a sauce for lighter mac and cheese.
Instant Pot Lasagna
Weeknight dinner doesn't get easier than this—we're talking cheesy, gooey, and ready in a flash. The next time the craving for hearty, comfort food strikes, just remember, Instant Pot Lasagna has your back.
Lasagna Dip With Pasta Chips
Olive Garden got this one right, folks—lasagna in dip form is all kinds of wonderful, especially served with freshly fried, crisp pasta chips. Trust us, this meaty, cheesy appetizer will be a welcome addition to any party.
When we say easy, we mean easy. You don't even have to cook the noodles for this speedy yet impressive lasagna that always gets rave reviews. Lasagna is a family favorite, but this version is extra-special because it only requires 5 quick ingredients: ground beef, pasta sauce, lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, and shredded mozzarella (we don’t count the water!). It’s rated 5 stars for a reason. Pro tip: Make a double batch: Enjoy one now and freeze one for a quick meal on a busy weeknight.
Roasted Butternut Squash-and-Spinach Lasagna
Talk about the perfect fall dinner.
Always a crowd-pleaser, this lasagna is full of hearty veggies.
Three cheeses and thin, woven strips of zucchini make this one-pan classic a crowd-pleaser, whether you’re cooking Sunday supper or planning for the family reunion. Use a mandoline slicer, not a vegetable peeler, to cut the thinnest zucchini strips. Once you’ve sliced the squash, the lasagna is a snap to put together—just layer the ingredients and bake.
Nicole’s Best Lasagna
Skillet Vegetable Lasagna
Tomato-Basil Lasagna Rolls
Canned artichokes give the rich filling its meaty heft. Feel free to sub sautéed 'shrooms or spinach.
Pumpkin-and-Turnip Green Lasagna
TIP: Use no-boil lasagna noodles (we like Barilla brand), which will soak up moisture from the sauce and pumpkin.
Thomas McNaughton, the chef and co-owner of Flour + Water and several other restaurants in San Francisco, named this hearty, well-structured lasagna for its biggest fan--his baby daughter, Lucie. "Make this lasagna the way you like it and to fit the seasons," he says. "If you like aged Gouda, use that instead of parmesan. Or use thyme in the winter instead of basil." It's also an ideal make-ahead dish for a laid-back dinner party, since it tastes even better when assembled the day before. To keep track of ingredients as you layer the lasagna, cross each one off as you go--and don't be deterred by the longish prep time. It's worth it.
Pizza Roll Lasagna Casserole
It's the morning after a big party, and you're surveying the landscape of your tattered apartment. Maybe there are some Solo cups half-filled with cheap beer scattered about, perhaps a bowl with the crumbs of tortilla chips dusting the bottom, maybe some half-eaten wings strewn about. Or maybe you're one of those people who cleans up the night of a party instead of the morning after, but you still half a lot of half-empty bags of snacks in your pantry and no real idea what to do with those rapidly-staling Cooler Ranch Doritos. Don't throw away that chip shake! Turn it into a suspiciously delicious casserole.
The Pizza Roll Leftover Dirtbag Casserole uses, as you might suspect, pizza rolls as the base, but you could also use Bagel Bites, slices of takeout or frozen pizza cut into strips, or any other pizza-like substance in your home. The premise is simple: Make a kind of lasagna creations using the pizza rolls (or mini-bagels or biscuit dough) as the noodles, and salsa as the tomato sauce. Top it all off with a healthy shake from the bottom of the bag of Doritos, Cheetos, or your leftover party sized bag of choice. Seal it with some eggs and milk whipped together, throw it in the oven for a while, and voila: you've transformed your party leftovers into a pizza casserole good enough for breakfast, and leftover lunch too. Reduce, reuse, recycle, y'know?
Pizza Roll Lasagna Dirtbag Casserole
You can assemble and chill this up to two days ahead to bake before serving. Simply add 20 to 30 minutes to the baking time.
Chicken, Spinach, and Mushroom Lasagna
Chicken thighs poach until tender in stock, which becomes the base for a creamy béchamel sauce. No-boil noodles absorb more liquid during baking for a sturdy slice after freezing and reheating.
Using a microwave to prepare this lasagna makes it super speedy.
"I began using turkey in lasagna after my husband and I developed health problems. The recipe is a big hit with my family." --CL Reader
Weeknight Ravioli Lasagna
You just need 5 ingredients to prepare this quick and easy lasagna dish.
You can always splurge on fresh crabmeat, but we tested this dish with canned Chicken of the Sea lump crabmeat and liked the results. Shrimp shells render a quick stock to flavor the sauce. We used oven-ready lasagna noodles to save time.
Mushroom and Fresh Herb Lasagna
For this intensely mushroomy lasagna, brawny portabellas and shiitakes cook down until their flavors are concentrated. Then they're layered with a creamy, velvety sauce and sheets of no-boil pasta, which are thinner than regular dried pasta.
Creamy Spinach Lasagna
The mild flavor and creamy texture of this spinach lasagna will appeal to kids and adults alike. You may want to reduce or increase the pepper amounts according to your family's preferences.
Easy Mexican Lasagna
This "Mexican lasagna" is a cheesy chicken-and-tortilla casserole that's sure to be a family favorite in no time.
Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna
Layers of thin-sliced eggplant replace the meat in this cheesy lasagna recipe. Use the eggplant within a day or two of purchase for the best flavor.
Semolina Lasagna with Spicy Amatriciana
Named for the town from which it hails (Amatrice in central Italy), this sauce typically combines pancetta with tomatoes. Imported San Marzano tomatoes were used to test this recipe. Use cured bacon to allow the tomatoes and heat to star, or add a smoky note with smoked bacon. It's best to cook pasta sheets one at a time. Then build the individual lasagna portions, and bake them all together. Don't worry if the pasta tears as you build each dish—just patch it together and continue assembling.
Grilled Summer Vegetable Lasagna
This recipe has a number of components, but all can be made ahead, particularly the tomato purée and the white sauce. You can substitute 3 (8-ounce) cans of tomato purée for the homemade tomato purée. You can also use a grill pan to prepare the vegetables indoors.
Gruyère-spiked béchamel drapes over the noodles and squash to give Butternut-Kale Lasagna velvety richness. Hearty, earthy kale perfectly balances the sweet squash, and crunchy, toasted pecans crown the top of this luscious lasagna
Slow Cooker Sausage and Squash Lasagna
We were surprised and delighted by how well lasagna cooks up in the slow cooker. Be sure to use traditional noodles, and place them in the cooker uncooked. We tried the recipe with specially formulated no-bake noodles, and they didn't work as well.
Double this casserole so you can have one to keep and one to either give away or freeze for holiday company...it freezes for up to one month.
Lazy Lasagna Bolognese
Black Bean Lasagna Rolls
These Mexican-style lasagna rolls are stuffed with black beans, green chiles, and cheese.
Made with golden squash, curry powder, and ginger, this veggie lasagna has a hint of Indian flavor.
Easy Skillet Lasagna
The toasted pecans add crunchy texture and earthy flavor.
Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna
We have yet to meet an American who doesn’t love lasagna. Unfortunately, the original is often served with a side of, “But I shouldn’t….” This recipe will change all that.
Butternut Squash Lasagna
The sweet squash contrasts beautifully with Smoky Marinara in this butternut squash lasagna. You can make the marinara in advance, and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
How to Cook Tex-Mex Lasagna
Serve an inspired Mexican meal perfect for a busy weeknight.
Pesto Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms
No-boil lasagna noodles are perfect for this recipe, as they absorb all the juices that accumulate in the crockpot. Use 2 (10-ounce) packages of frozen chopped spinach in place of fresh, if you prefer. Also, any mushroom will work.
Vegetable lasagna is a crowd-pleaser and a classic make-ahead dish. You can use precut onions, matchstick-cut carrots, and broccoli, in addition to precooked noodles, to speed up preparation.
Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Spinach Lasagna
This vegetarian pasta dish is sure to please every palate at your dinner table.
Spinach-Black Bean Lasagna
Let your lasagna go Mexican by layering ground beef and sausage with corn tortillas, tomatoes, green chiles, enchilada sauce, and cheese. It's a convenient weeknight dinner that the kids will love as much as the grownups.
Turkey Sausage and Spinach Lasagna
Spicy sausage gives Turkey Sausage and Spinach Lasagna some kick. And three cheeses--ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan--make this lasagna wonderfully indulgent.
Lasagna Rolls with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
These rolls require some assembly time but are a nice change of pace from layered pasta. Use baby spinach to eliminate the task of trimming stems.
Classic Light Bolognese Lasagna
A lighter take on classic Bolognese meat sauce allows for more cheese--always a good thing.
Greek Lamb and Feta Lasagna
We mix the lamb with beef so the lamb flavor doesn't dominate. If assembling ahead, sprinkle with feta cheese just before baking.
A classic, beefy lasagna recipe perfectly matches these traditional, zesty Italian ingredients and creamy homemade ricotta sauce. Tall layers of cheese, meat, and pasta will seriously satisfy your casserole cravings. Plus any leftovers for lunch the following day are always welcome. Tip: make this lasagna bake for a crowd by doubling the recipe and making ahead of time. Prep steps one through four, cover, and freeze. Thaw and bake (covered) at 350° for 55 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 to 15 more minutes or until bubbly.
Rachel's Special Occasion Lasagna
You can make this dish ahead--just cover and refrigerate or freeze after you've spread the final layer of marinara sauce. Serve with a salad and breadsticks to round out the meal.
Baked Vegetable Lasagna
Layers of fresh vegetables topped with gooey melted cheese make this lasagna dish a healthy, hearty, and delicious choice for dinner.
Creamy Artichoke and Asparagus Lasagna
Hearty and delicious Creamy Artichoke and Asparagus Lasagna doesn't skimp on the soul-warming power we have come to expect from traditional casseroles. Lemon rind brightens the sauce, making for a more delicate lasagna.
This vegetable lasagna is perfect for making ahead and can easily transport to a potluck or the freezer.
Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna
A container of refrigerated pesto adds distinctive flavor to this basic beef-and-cheese lasagna, and the unbaked lasagna can be frozen for up to three months.
Parmesan and Root Vegetable Lasagna
Wash the pan well before using it again to cook the strained milk mixture—that ensures a silken sauce.
Truffled Wild Mushroom Lasagna
You don't have to spend a lot on truffle oil; look for small 2- or 3-ounce bottles, which are less likely to go bad before you use up the oil.
Kale and Mushroom Lasagna
A small amount of pancetta adds richness and depth to the mushroom mixture; feel free to omit it--and swap in vegetable stock for beef--for a vegetarian version.