Easy Cheese Lasagna

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Always a family favorite, this cheesy lasagna is even better reheated the next day. Plus:  More Baked Pasta Recipes 

Easy Cheese Lasagna
Photo: © Todd Porter & Diane Cu
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Yield:
4

Ingredients

  • Olive oil, for coating baking dish

  • 9 to 12 lasagna noodles

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  • Zest of 1 fresh lemon

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste

  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

  • 24 ounces tomato sauce

  • 16 ounces (1 pound) grated mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly coat a 2-quart baking dish with olive oil and set aside.

  2. Cook lasagna noodles until al dente according to package instructions. Rinse under cold water until cool. Lay the cooked pasta flat and set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, egg, Parmigiano-Reggiano, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Set aside.

  4. Spread a light layer of tomato sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Lay 3 to 4 lasagna noodles lengthwise over the sauce.

  5. Layer one-third of the remaining tomato sauce over the lasagna noodles. Layer half of the ricotta cheese over the sauce and then spread one-third of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat this pattern: noodles, sauce, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. Add a final layer of lasagna noodles, then add remaining tomato sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese.

  6. Bake lasagna for about 45 minutes or until the top cheese is melted and golden.

  7. Remove from oven; let cool for about 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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