Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 25 Mins
Serves 6

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Preheat broiler to high. (Keep lasagna in oven.)

Step 5

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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews


August 27, 2016
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.

Brem0202's Review

November 03, 2013

WLBETH's Review

June 30, 2013
Made with no-boil lasagna noodles (that's what I had) and it came out perfect. Very easy and delicious.

LauraB08's Review

March 16, 2013
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!

Love4cooking's Review

March 13, 2013
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!

IzzyBizzy's Review

February 19, 2013
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.

AndreaShark's Review

February 18, 2013
Easy recipe - makes a nice serving of "comfort food."

WhittersK's Review

February 17, 2013