Lasagna – For a Lazy Day

You are going to love this recipe!!

I love this recipe for the ease of it.   You can make it the night before .  Come home from work put it in the oven, make a salad and bread .  Set your table and you are ready to entertain guests with no hassle.  This is the way to go.

I found the recipe in a Pillsbury cookbook years ago and have since noticed that it now appears on the box of Mueller’s Lasagna.  The one on the box uses more sauce and more eggs.  I have made both and they are delicious!!

You are not going to believe that it is made with your favorite brand of premade sauce.  That is the beauty of this recipe.  Using Italian sausage gives it the flavor it needs.  I use Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage.  I love the flavor. I cannot find it without  the casing.  I use kitchen shears to remove them before browning.

Here is what you need to get started on this great Lazy Day Lasagna:

Sausage, noodles, 1 egg, ricotto cheese, mozerella cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Favorite Sauce, and oregano

Take the sausage out of the casing.  I like using the kitchen shears that you see.  They are made by Fiskars and come apart for easy cleaning.  There are many other brands that you can purchase, but once you start using them you will not be able to cook without them.  They have so many uses from cutting chicken to chopping tomatoes in the can.

Remove casings from the sausage

Next brown the sausage in the skillet.  You will have to use a wooden spoon or a fork to break up the sausage.  I prefer it like ground meat and not meatballs.  While your meat is browning make your sauce in a medium saucepan.

Browning the Italian Sausage

Ready to drain

Draining Italian Sausage on paper towel.

Add 1 cup water to your favorite brand of sauce and heat.

Add sausage to sauce and heat

Mix ricotta cheese, egg and oregano

Now you are ready to assemble the lasagna.  Use a 9 x 13 in. pyrex dish or equivalent.  Now here are the steps for layering.  Notice that you do not cook the noodles beforehand.  This needs to be refrigerated overnight before cooking.  I have made one similar to this that can be baked right away, but it calls for twice as much sauce.

Place about 1 1/2 cups of sauce in the bottom of dish

Add layer of UNCOOKED lasagna noodles

Dot half the ricotta cheese mixture on the noodles

Spread ricotta cheese and top with sliced mozzarella

Now layer again.  Pour half the sauce, then top with noodles, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese.

This is not half, but half of the sauce is now added.

This is more like it!

Layer the rest of the ricotta cheese

Another layer of mozzarella

Top with remaining sauce and Parmesan cheese

Cover with plastic wrap

Place in the refrigerator overnight.  Uncover and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes.   Take out of the oven and cover with foil.  Let it stand for 15 minutes.  This keeps the lasagna from sliding all over the place on your plate!

Resting for 15 minutes

Here are the winners from yesterday’s voting.  They both will receive extra points of their final exams coming up!

The recipe follows the photos.  Enjoy!!!

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Lazy Day Lasagna

  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 32 oz. spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 15 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 t. oregano
  • Lasagna noodles
  • 16 oz. sliced Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

Brown sausage and drain.  Mix water and spaghetti sauce together in a medium saucepan.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  In a medium bowl combine ricotta cheese, oregano and egg.  Mix well.  Add sausage to the spaghetti sauce.  To assemble layers, place 1 1/2 cups of the meat sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pyrex dish.  Top with half of the noodles.  Spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture over the noodles.  Top with half of the mozzarella cheese.  Repeat the layers.  Add half of the remaining sauce.  Top with the rest of the uncooked noodles.  Spread with the remaining ricotta cheese mixture and top with mozzarella cheese.  Pour the remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.  Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.  Bake for 55- 60 minutes at 350 degrees.  Take out of the oven and cover with foil.  Let it rest for about 15 minutes before serving.  Makes about 8 generous servings.

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks

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61 responses to “Lasagna – For a Lazy Day

  1. you know, i’ve always, always used ground beef in my lasagna, but now that you mention it, sausage would be OUTSTANDING. i love your process and finished product–’tis the perfect comfort food!

  2. Ana

    I learned that the lasagne is extremely easy to make and it only takes about 15 minutes to set up the night before.

  3. tinnia adams

    hey, i really enjoed makin this in class.
    our group (kitchen 1) had to use sharp cheddar for the second half and it turned out extremly good.

  4. Ashley Maryniak

    This was my favorite recipe! It turned out great and I now can make it at home.

  5. Jennifer Pham

    I liked this recipe the most because we made it in advance and it was very flavorful. I made this recipe at home and it turned out great.

  6. Bella C.

    I learned that when making lasagna you can use different kinds of cheese and different kind of sauces. i also learned that it doesnt take as much time as i thought it would.

  7. Carly Hart

    I’ve grown up on eating my Grandmother’s lasagna, and I never thought it would be that easy to make! And it only took about 15 minutes to prepare the night before! I didn’t know you wouldn’t have to boil the noodles though!

  8. uniqua dortch

    When actually making this, i was kind of confused because we actually didnt cook the noodles to this before adding it to the dish. That was really a first for me but i learned a great new technique

  9. Yesica Melchor

    This one is my favorite!!!

  10. Brooke M

    Lasagna was my favorite lab because it tasted great!

  11. Brooke M

    Lasagna was my favorite lab!

  12. Isata

    i learned how to make lasagna that came out good ! well the one i made at home..

  13. evan

    I didnt know you could put in the refrigerator for a day then cook it.

  14. zuleima

    mm lasagna my favorite food knows very very good

  15. Parker

    Lasagna had to be my favorite lab.

  16. One of my bestfriends just had a baby and I am going to make this recipe for her new family of 3! Its just perfect because I can make it friday night and bring it over first thing Saturday morning. Thanks for another great recipe!…and easy too!

  17. Dakota Clayton

    I learned lasagna is simpler than it looks.

  18. taylor r roddy

    also one of my favorite things, i thought it was interesting how you can make it with the uncook noodles, ive never heard of that!

  19. lesley baxley

    i learnd theres many ways to make lasagne, i didnt know you can put more than sausage on it :)

  20. Tori Bowen

    This looks really neat and fun, I am excited to participate in your class.

  21. Amber Gillis

    The ricotta cheese brings the whole thing together i love the unique flavor it has, But is there a different way to make to make this meal using a multi-gran noodles or even making this meal veggie style for those people who dont eat meat ?

  22. Radiance Marshall

    I have never had sausage in my lasagna before. My mom always uses turkey meat in ours. So I found it very different the way that you have made it here. I might have to try something new. =)

  23. Amber Gillis

    The ricotta cheese brings this whole meal together it has a very unique flavor, But is there any way to make this meal more healthier like using multi-gran noodles or even a way to make it veggetarin ?

  24. Bethany Bowlin

    I learned from looking at the recipe that making lasagna isn’t as hard as it looks and that you can use different amounts of ingredients to make this simple but great tasting dish.

  25. courtney edwards

    looks fatting….but good…got to watch my girlish figure :)

  26. Raven

    Lasagna is one of my favorite foods and by all the great comments im super excited to learn how to make it!!! :]

  27. Raven Weaver

    Yummm! Can’t wait to try this!

  28. shalynne

    dear you,

    to tell you the truth i do not really remmeber what to write but i love your food,

  29. Brandi B

    Lasagna has always been my favorite food (: But I never knew it would be so easy to make. I had so much fun making it and I loved it (:

  30. seth moss

    The processes involved in steps 2 through 6 looked quite rigorous for the most part.

  31. Chelsea M

    I learned that you can use more than hamburger meat in lasagna. Like sausage.

  32. Alexis A

    From looking at the recipe I learned that lasagna is simple and tasty! :)

  33. danielle

    I learned from looking at the recipe that making lasagna isn’t as hard as it looks and that you can use different amounts of ingredients to make this simple but great tasting dish.

  34. Brittany - 1st period.

    I never knew that Lasagna was such an easy and quick recipe to make, and I learned that you didn’t have to boil the noodles

  35. anna 1st

    I learned that you can make lasagna with uncooked noodles.

  36. Haylee W

    I learned that you didn’t have to cook the noodles before using them.

  37. Aaron V.

    I learned that you cook the lasagna with uncooked pasta noodles.

  38. tommie 1st

    I learned that lasagna isnt that hard to make it takes like 15 mintues to make.

  39. Rachel S.

    I learned that you should use uncooked pasta on lasagna.

  40. Tatiana G 1st period

    1. This looks soooo Delicious
    2. But i learn you have to put noodles and sauce in layers

  41. Marianna

    I learned that you can use different kinds of meat in your lasagna instead of one specific one…most people use hamburger meat

  42. chasitywilson

    that you can prepare this the night before and cook and serve the next day

  43. Bethany B. 1st

    I learned all the different layers of cheese, sauce, and meat and how they are supposed to go.

  44. Tyrone

    i learned that making lasagna is very simple to make

  45. Abby T.

    I learned how to make easy and fast lasagna.

  46. Vaida R

    I learned that you don’t always cook the noodles before putting them in the lasagna.

  47. Lexxi J

    I love lasagna! I learned that you can use a layer of mozzerella cheese instead of just using pasta throughout the dish.

  48. courtney e

    i learned that you can make this the night before and it will still end up just as good. :)

  49. Sarah J

    I learned that you can use ricotta cheese in Lasagna.

  50. yvonne mcgregor

    i learned that you can use any meat you want for lasagna and that you have to layer it.

  51. tania

    i learned that lasagna doesnt take that long to make.

  52. Tori B. 2nd

    I learned you can use italian sausage instead of ground beef for lasagna.

  53. amy w

    i learned how to make lasagna slightly different then we do at home, & that you can use sausage instead of ground beef, sounds very delicious!

  54. cynthia I

    I learned that you can use Italian sausage in the recipe… I always used ground beef never knew you could use sausages.

  55. RadianceM

    I learned that you could use different types of cheeses.

  56. kim s.

    i thought you only used one type of cheese instead of two

  57. Tyler "Bernie Mac & cheese" Burnett

    Mrs. lupo,
    I sincerely apologize for not stating all that i learned on the other comments, therefore with this one i’d like to say that i learned that using saran wrap when refrigerating meat is essential when making this and many other baked dishes.
    =)

  58. amber gillis

    i learned that that it doesnt take long to prepare a home cooked meal and a delicious one at that

  59. Callie C.

    I learned that when making lasagna you can use different kinds of cheese and different kind of sauces.

  60. erika

    i would have loved to make this because i love lasagna.

  61. Kamryn 1st

    I learned that you dont always have to use hamburger meat.

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