I had the pleasure of hosting my Mom and her boyfriend for dinner last weekend. I invited them to stay for dinner on a whim. They were travelling a fair distance that day to come check out my new digs. It only seemed like the right thing to prolong that visit with a dinner. After all… I don’t get to see my Mom all that often.

We had a lovely visit. For dinner I served a homemade lasagna, salad and garlic bread. Everyone devoured the lasagna. Both men chimed in saying it was the best lasagna that they had ever had. Comments like that always make my heart happy. I love nothing more than knowing a meal that I have served was both satisfying and thoroughly enjoyed.

This past week, my BlackBerry died. I had snapped pictures of the lasagna using my BlackBerry in hopes to use them for this post. Alas… *poof*… They vanished. Just like that. Good thing I do my weekly grocery shop midweek. On Wednesday, I picked up all the ingredients and prepared the lasagna again for dinner.

The lasagna is quite simple to prepare. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes total to prepare and 60 minutes to bake.

Apparently the leftovers from this meal are causing a wee bit of lunch envy at my husband’s work. All the guys in the office are jealous. I simply told him that they should arrange a potluck in the near, but distant future. Perhaps then his office could enjoy the meal too. Holiday office potluck party, anyone? This meal would be perfect for it!

Beef & Ricotta Lasagna
Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles
1 (700ml) jar of your favorite pasta sauce
1 lb of ground beef
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground thyme
1/4 tsp ground oregano
A dash or two of cayenne pepper (to taste)
1 tbsp Oregano
1 cup water
1 (400ml) container of Ricotta Cheese
1 egg (beaten)
2 cups mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375.

Brown ground beef. Drain. Stir in pasta sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, ground thyme, ground oregano, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and water. Stir and simmer, covered on low.

While the pasta sauce is simmering, mix together the parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta cheeses in a bowl with an egg  and oregano. Combine well.

In a casserole dish, add a generous layer of meat sauce to the bottom of your casserole dish. Add a layer of lasagna noodles followed by half of your cheese mixture. Top with a 1/3 of your meat sauce, another layer of lasagna noodles and remaining cheese and meat mixture. Finish off by sprinkle some parmesan cheese across the lasagna.

Cover the casserole dish in foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil after 45 minutes and continue to bake for 15 more minutes.


12 Comments on Beef & Ricotta Lasagna

  1. Melanie
    November 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm (5 years ago)

    This looks simple, delicious and warm! I’m going to try it next week for sure. Thanks for posting it!

  2. mamawee
    November 12, 2012 at 11:55 am (5 years ago)

    that looks great! I love lasagna – I made one a few weeks ago…forgot how good homemade can be

  3. Kristen
    November 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm (5 years ago)

    I have never actually made a lasagna before. I love it but am really not very skilled in the kitchen.

    Yours looks great!

  4. Lisa Marie Fletcher
    November 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm (5 years ago)

    Yummmmmmmm. Lasagne is my favourite. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Mama Ash
    November 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh man, that looks so good! I’ve been craving lasagna.

  6. Rachel
    November 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm (5 years ago)

    Sounds great. I’ve never used oven ready noddles. I just use regular ones and add about a tablespoon of water around the edges of the pan. They come out cooked perfectly!

  7. Cheryl Kirkness
    November 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm (5 years ago)

    Yum! This looks delicious! I bet everyone in my house would enjoy this!

  8. Christine McN
    November 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm (5 years ago)

    Mmmmm! How unjust to make me so hungry for lasagna at this hour of the day! LOL! Looks delish!

  9. Positively Pampered Patty
    November 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm (5 years ago)

    Looks good, sadly for me I am not a cheese fan but my kids totally are! Sorry about your BB.

  10. Annie1
    July 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm (5 years ago)

    Yumm! This looks so good and hearty! I think it would be great on a chilly evening!


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  11. Victoria Ess
    July 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m totally the same way — nothing makes me beam more than hearing that a meal I made completely hits the spot. You have fantastic ideas and recipes and you deserve to hear it all the time. 🙂


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