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Easy Cheesy Lasagna

Cook Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 box lasagna noodles
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 - 2 lbs ground beef (you could also use turkey)
  • 1 small yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 3 large garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 32 ounce jar of marinara sauce
  • 32 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese (plus about 1/2 cup extra for topping)
  • 12 slices of provolone cheese

Instructions

  • First pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. We won't be boiling any noodles (hallelujah) so you can get right to the sauce!! 

Making the Sauce

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium/high heat and add in the meat, onion, pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook until the meat is completely browned. (about 5-7 minutes)
  • Drain the beef (if necessary) then turn off the heat and add in the marinara sauce. Stir to combine. 

Making the Ricotta Filling

  • In a large bowl, add the ricotta cheese, 2 eggs, and 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese. Beat together with a hand mixer or a spatula. (The mixer makes this so much easier!) 

Layering and Baking

  • Spray your pan with non-stick spray (to save your sanity later) and then add a couple spoonfuls of the meat sauce to the bottom of the pan. 
  • Then add your noodles. I don't even buy the "no-bake" noodles. You can use regular noodles and the heat from the oven will cook them just fine. Break them up as you need to fit your pan. 
  • Take half of the ricotta mixture and spread it over the noodles. 
  • Then take 6 of your provolone cheese slices and lay them over the ricotta mixture. 
  • Repeat the layers (sauce, noodles, ricotta, provolone) and end with a layer of sauce. 
  • Sprinkle the extra mozzarella cheese over the top of the last layer of the sauce. 
  • Cover with aluminum foil. (I spray the aluminum foil with non-stick spray before putting it on so it doesn't stick and pull the cheese off)
  • Bake for 45 minutes covered, and then remove the foil and bake for 15 more minutes.