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Easy Lazy Day Lasagna

This easy Lasagna recipe is perfect for busy weeknights! An amazing comfort dish that the whole family will love. I use a few tricks and a super simple recipe that yields sensational results. Lasagna doesn't have to be reserved for weekends any longer! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time52 mins
Total Time1 hr 7 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lasagna
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 431kcal
Author: Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 1 lb dry lasagna noodles (you'll use a little more than half the box)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or half beef and half pork)
  • 24 oz jar marinara or pasta sauce - your favorite brand
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 15 oz container ricotta or cottage cheese
  • 12 oz mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning


  • Preheat the oven to 375.
  • Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Spread 2/3 cups of the marinara sauce on the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Top with lasagna noodles.
  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Drain off the fat.
  • Pour in the remaining marinara sauce. Add the water to the jar, replace the lid and shake to loosen up the remaining sauce. Pour into the skillet and stir in.
  • Simmer the meat sauce for 5 minutes.
  • Scatter about one-third of the ricotta cheese on top of the lasagna noodles. Sprinkle on 3 oz of the mozzarella cheese. Top with about one-third of the meat sauce.
  • Add another layer of lasagna noodles and press down slightly.
  • Repeat with ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and meat sauce - two more times.
  • Top with remaining mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  • Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes until the noodles are fork-tender. (The additional water and the steam created by covering the baking dish will cook the noodles.)
  • Remove aluminum foil and bake for another 7-8 minutes or until cheese is nice and bubbly.
  • Let the lasagna rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.


Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 819mg | Potassium: 655mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 387mg | Iron: 3.2mg