Ridiculously Easy Lasagna Recipe

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Today I was inspired to develop the world’s most ridiculously easy lasagna recipe. When I’ve had a hard day, I want a rich, hearty dinner that takes very little effort to prepare. Since I still can’t seem to snap my fingers and have comfort food appear before me, the next best thing it a recipe that I could make in my sleep.

Lasagna is one of those things that doesn’t need a lot of ingredients to taste good — in fact, simple lasagna dishes are often the most luscious, the most incredible. This recipe uses a mild Italian sausage for the bulk of its flavor so you don’t have to slave away over a three-hour bolognese sauce. Mushrooms add a little texture, but you’re more than welcome to leave them out and instead increase the amount of sausage by 1/2 pound. If they’re in season, fresh herbs really knock this dish out of the park, but if you don’t have them on hand, this is still a wonderfully rich, comforting recipe.

Ridiculously Easy Lasagna Recipe
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Yield: 4 very large servings
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/2-pound raw, mild Italian sausage (removed from casing and crumbled)
  • One 25-ounce jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 package no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 5 cups ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups shredded cheese (I made a four-cheese mix that included mozzarella, Monterey Jack and Parmesan
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil or parsley leaves, torn by hand (optional, if it’s in season)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Freshly chopped parsley for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and saute until they are soft, about 10 minutes. Add crumbled sausage and lower heat to medium. Continue cooking until sausage is cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Add tomato sauce to pan and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat.
  3. Spread a thin layer of tomato and meat sauce on the bottom of a 9×9 pan. Top with a layer of uncooked noodles (you may have to break a few to fill in the gaps) and scatter with torn basil or parsley leaves (optional). Add a few big dollops of ricotta on top of the noodles, spreading it around a bit, and follow with a few big dollops of sauce, which you’ll also spread around a bit. Sprinkle with a little shredded cheese and top with another layer of noodles. Continue layering until you've almost filled the pan, finishing with a layer of sauce. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons water.
  4. Cover pan with foil and slide it into the oven. Cook for 40 minutes. Turn heat up to 450°F (232°C), remove foil from pan, cover with more cheese and allow to cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and serve hot, sprinkled with freshly chopped parsley.

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  1. Kim says

    It takes a couple extra minutes to boil them instead of the no bake noodles… but we LOVE to use the brown rice lasagna noodles. Josh and I aren’t even GF, but have enough friends and family with wheat and gluten issues… so we tend to use it all the time. The texture of those noodles is perfect.

  2. Cookin' Canuck says

    I absolutely love mushrooms and sausage in pasta dishes, so this grabbed my attention right away. There’s nothing like being able to whip up an easy dish like this on the spur of the moment.

  3. Gluten Free Diva says

    This does look delicious and easy! I usually have to think twice before making lasagna – it always seems like such a production to make it. But this recipe looks pretty darn easy!

  4. John says

    Stephanie – I love lasagna and that picture looks delicious. I have a lasagna recipe that I have been using for a couple years now, but this recipe looks a lot easier and quicker to make.

    I like the four cheese mix you use in this recipe as well. I plan on making this weekend, I hope it comes out looking as good as this picture you have here.

  5. Sarah - A Beach Home Companion says

    Great recipe, I use jarred tomato sauce all the time and just spice it up a bit, like you did. I can’t seem to justify the time to make it from scratch when Trader Joe’s makes a great no-salt added starter sauce. Those no-boil noodles are such a great invention!

  6. Lasagna Guy says

    Great lasagna recipe. I am going to have to try this one this weekend. I am going to cook it for the family. Thanks

  7. Claudine M Jalajas says

    So they’re not special lasagna noodles? Other than no-bake? I figured they had gluten in them (I’m new to this whole thing).


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