6 to 8 servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook beef in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Stir in pasta sauce.

Step 2

Spread one-third of meat sauce in a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish; layer with 3 noodles and half each of ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. (The ricotta cheese layers will be thin.) Repeat procedure; spread remaining one-third of meat sauce over mozzarella cheese. Slowly pour 1/4 cup hot water around inside edge of dish. Tightly cover baking dish with 2 layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Step 3

Bake at 375° for 45 minutes; uncover and bake 10 more minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Step 4

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Classico Tomato & Basil pasta sauce.

Chef's Notes

This dish pairs well with green beans, mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, salad, or an assortment of roasted vegetables. One could swap out the beef for chicken or sausage, or one could replace red sauce with white sauce. Additional cheeses could also be added. When entertaining guests, this could be served with the classic bread and salad combination. 

Ratings & Reviews

April 20, 2015
Not to be rude, I am thankful for your input, but next time you write a review, (And I assume others will feel the same.) That you use correct grammar and punctuation marks so we can understand truly what you are a tempting to say. Also, please try to stay away from using un-necessary information in reviews, because the fact of that you are not the best cook does not give any important information to the reader. But thank you for your opinion, it's helped decide if I would like to make this for my mother and I! (: Have a pleasant day.~Sky.

August 27, 2015
Hi Skylar,Not to be rude, but the next time you review a comment, I hope you remember the saying, "When you assume, you make an ASS out of yoU and ME!". I disagree with you. I think Lala29's review included pertinent information. I would like to know the skill or comfort level of a cook, especially since I'm a novice myself. I'm also lazy in the kitchen, so to hear the recipe was easy made me happy and more likely to try it. As a side note (I realize this is unnecessary information), I found it ironic you chided Lala's grammar when yours was not correct either.Have a pleasant day,Tiff

September 22, 2015
Ditto, Tiff!  Even without punctuation, I appreciated Lala29's review!                 Skylar was rude!

November 07, 2016
Here here!!!! I totally agree with you Tiff!

November 07, 2016
I totally agree with you Tiff! Sky's post has at least 9 grammatical and spelling mistakes.

April 21, 2018
"This is great because it's one package or jar of each ingredient -- no waste." Uh, what?? Sauces don't come in 32 oz. jars. Lasagna noodles don't come in packages of six. Mozzarella cheese doesn't come in 10 oz. packages. I'll give you the ricotta cheese. Yipee.

September 14, 2017
This is wonderful recipe. Thank you very much.

November 12, 2017
Thank you for verifying this, I could not for the life of me figure out how e noodles would properly fit in an 11”x7” footprint!

December 31, 2018
Yeah, it's a little unclear, because most people are expecting to finish the lasagna with a layer of cheese.So, the first 1/3 of the sauce is the first layer.  Then noodles, ricotta, and mozzarella.  The second 1/3 of the sauce starts off the next group.  Then noodles, ricotta, and mozzarella again.  Finally, the recipe says to add the final 1/3 of the sauce as the final layer.I've seen in other comments that people added a final layer of mozzarella for the last 10 minutes of cook time, which I think is a fabulous idea.

May 28, 2015
What type of Parmesan cheese do you use and how much of it do you use and how much Italian seasoning do you use?