Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Easy Classic Lasagna Recipe

Jan 17, 2015

Easy Classic Lasagna Recipe

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Classic comfort food with an easy to make homemade sauce! This recipe is sure to please the whole family! 

Classic comfort food with an easy to make homemade sauce! This recipe is sure to please the whole family! Easy Classic Lasagna from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


Lasagna is one of those comfort foods from my childhood. I always remember being super excited when my Mom made some for dinner. I'm still a lover of everything pasta now, and get just as excited when it's on my plate for dinner.

This Easy Classic Lasagna is especially good. The hot Italian sausage addition is so tasty, in fact when mixed with the sauce, cheese and noodles, it's not even spicy at all. Just full of flavor! The combo of mozzarella and ricotta is amazing, and the parmesan added on top with the mozzarella is the perfect flavor touch!

The sauce is made from Red Gold tomatoes. I love their diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano! They come full of flavor, so it doesn't take much extra to make a delicious sauce! Red Gold is having a lasagna party and some great giveaways over at their Facebook page right now! You can stop over, check out what their giving away and enter!

This lasagna is great served with some garlic bread and lasagna. The leftovers are fantastic too and would be great for lunch at work! Enjoy!

Easy Classic Lasagna

What you need:
1- 16 ounce box lasagna noodles
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 hot Italian sausage links, casings removed
1- 28 ounce can Red Gold Crushed Tomatoes
2- 14.5 ounce cans Red Gold Diced Tomatoes w/ Basil, Garlic and Oregano
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1- 15 ounce container ricotta cheese
3 cups shredded, mozzarella, divided
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
salt and pepper, as needed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles to al dente. Do not over cook. Rinse and set aside.

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and sausage and cook until sausage is crumbled and no longer pink. Reduce heat to medium, then add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Combine the ricotta cheese and 2 cups of mozzarella in a bowl. Add a scoop of sauce to the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish and spread evenly. Lay 4 lasagna noodles on the bottom of the pan, overlapping slightly. Spread some ricotta and mozzarella mixture on the noodles, then scoop sauce evenly over the cheese. Repeat until you reach the top of the pan. Pour additional sauce over the top, spread evenly, then sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan. (You may have a few noodles left)

Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes, until sauce is bubbling and cheese starts to brown. Remove from oven, let rest for 5 minutes, then serve!

Red Gold provided the ingredients to make this lasagna. As usual, all opinions are mine!

Classic comfort food with an easy to make homemade sauce! This recipe is sure to please the whole family! Easy Classic Lasagna from Hot Eats and Cool Reads

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On the blog... one year ago: Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

Two years ago: Easy Deviled Eggs

Three years ago: Spanish Rice

This recipe is shared at: Love Bakes Good Cakes, A Dish of Daily Life, The Country Cook,


  1. Lovely looking lasagna meal. xo Catherine

  2. This sounds divine! Brings back memories of my parents not wanting to make three different lasagnas for three kids who did not like the same things, haha. Now I can enjoy my vegetarian lasagna whenever I like now!

  3. Looks great! I love a classic lasagna.

  4. this looks yummy! you can't go wrong with a good lasagna.

  5. This looks great! I love using the flavored tomatoes.. they are the best!

  6. Looks great! Lasagna is Grumpy's favorite casserole...and actually, we are having it for dinner tonight!

  7. no fuss, classic lasagna is one of the best things there are - yours looks so delicious!

  8. Love lasagna, and this looks delish!

  9. There's nothing more comforting than classic lasagna. This looks so delicious!

  10. you can never go wrong with a classic like this! Looks so yummy, cheesy and comforting!

  11. This lasagna looks awesome. I need to find the Red Gold tomatoes. Great recipe Sheena!

  12. You can never go wrong with a classic- especially when it happens to be a lasagna with homemade sauce! :) Yum!

  13. This is really pretty, Sheena. I love lasagna, and I like that you stuck to the classic.

  14. Love this classic recipe for lasagna, it works every time.

  15. Yum! I haven't made lasagna in years, now I'm craving it again! ;)


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