Easy Lasagna Recipe with Meat

Easy Lasagna Recipe with Meat

Easy Lasagna Recipe

If there’s one type of food I never get tired of, it’s Italian.

Unfortunately, Italian is not one of my mom’s favorites, so we didn’t have it as often as I would have liked.

But, there is one dish she made a lot, and it’s always a hit. easy lasagna recipe

I LOVE  this Rachel Ray casserole dish, pictured above. Large, deep, and perfect for lasagna.

That’s right, lasagna.

I know, I know. EVERYONE has a lasagna recipe. But there’s something different about this recipe for lasagna. It’s full of meat, cheese, and sauce. Plain and simple.

And, at my house, we aren’t big fans of adding fancy cheeses, like ricotta or cottage cheese. Nope. The only cheeses in this are mozzarella, colby jack, and parmesan!

This is the meal my dad, and my grandpa, always request on their birthdays. It’s the only lasagna one of my good friends has ever liked (and let me tell you, her mom makes a killer lasagna.)

Whenever I’m missing home, this is the meal I make. While it is not a weight watcher’s friendly meal by any means, I think breaking a diet is okay every once in awhile — especially for something like this.

If you’re a meat lover though, look no further. It has both ground beef and sausage, which combine together amazingly. Granted, you could always add some veggies to make a little bit more healthy, but I love it just the way it is. This is such an easy lasagna recipe, and smells absolutely divine as it cooks.

This recipe is just so simple. It has:

  • Ground beef
  • Ground Sausage
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Colby Jack Cheese
  • Noodles

Easy Lasagna Recipe

So if you’re on the lookout for a new, easy lasagna recipe — look no further. This is it. And in case you’re like me, and love to make recipes even easier, when you are the grocery store, pick up a package of oven ready lasagna noodles.

They work like magic, and eliminates the need for one more dish to clean up afterward. And if you want to a lot (and believe me, it disappears quickly), this Rachel Ray casserole dish works perfectly. It’s deep and large. Perfect for a large family, gathering, or just if you want a little left over. My mom got one awhile ago, and I’ve wanted it ever since!

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5 from 7 votes

Easy Meat Lasagna Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Katie Clark


  • 16 oz can spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup onions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning this brand is great https://www.pamperedchef.com/pws/clarkscondensed/shop/Food/Seasoning+Mixes/Italian+Seasoning+Mix/9719
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 pound Italian sausage any variety
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups Colby jack cheese
  • 15 lasagna noodles *oven ready make this recipe even easier*
  • Several tablespoons powder Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fill pot with water and bring to a boil, then cook lasagna noodles until al dente.
  3. In the meantime, dice onions, and then put them in a deep skillet with the sausage and ground beef.
  4. Brown the meats. Add spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, and water to meat and onion mixture. Add in all the spices, and let simmer 15 minutes.
  5. When lasagna noodles are done, drain excess water, and put off to the side.
  6. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Layer four lasagna noodles on the bottom of the dish. Then layer 1/3 of sauce, then ½ cup of colby jack cheese 1/2 cup of mozzarella. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
  7. Repeat noodle, sauce, cheeses two more times. Make sure the top layer of the lasagna is mozzarella cheese. If there are any gaps at the ends of pans where there are no noodles, put a noodle there as well. Cover with tin foil and bake for 50 minutes. Then remove tin foil and let bake about 10 more minutes.
  8. If cheese is still not melted completely, put on broil for about two minutes.

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  • Ok, this sounds amazing and so much easier than the ones that call for all that ricotta and cottage cheese nonsense. I've been wanting to make a lasagna for some time now; I think I'll try this one!
  • Ok, this sounds amazing and so much easier than the ones that call for all that ricotta and cottage cheese nonsense. I've been wanting to make a lasagna for some time now; I think I'll try this one!
  • I made this exact recipe at my house last week. It was a hit for the whole family, even my picky almost 2 year old! I'm making it again tonight because the family loved it so much! Thanks for the great recipe :)
    • Oh thank you so much for coming pack and letting me know! I always love to hear when things turn out :) It's one of our family favorites - in fact, we're having it for dinner tonight !:)
  • This recipe is delicious! It was gone within an hour of coming out of the oven. The oven-ready lasagna noodles really saved time, energy, and additional cleanup without compromising the dish...I highly recommend this shortcut. And because they expand while cooking, I only needed 9 sheets (they shouldn't touch each other in the baking dish.) Thank you for this addition to my weeknight family dinner rotation!
    • I'm so glad you love this recipe! It's one of our family favorites for sure. I'm glad it made it onto your family's monthly rotation :) I absolutely love the oven ready lasagna noodles as well. It's amazing how much time it can save!
    • Oh this just made my day. I'm so glad they loved it so much! We just had it a few night's ago for my dad's birthday. It's definitely a loved favorited around here :)
  • Hi Katie, lasagna is one of my families favorite meals but I usually find it a chore to make only to be eaten in 5 minutes. I made your recipe last night and will never make it any other way. It was soooo delicious. Thankyou.
    • Thank you so much for your comment! This made me so happy to read. It's certainly the only way I make lasagna, too! :)
  • Cooking this tonight- it looks so good! I don't boil the noodles since I got the oven ready noodles? Just want to double check! Never used them before
  • Just wanted to check if the spaghetti sauce and tomato sauce quantities were correct in the recipe. In the video it looked like a full jar (24 oz) and large can (15 oz) were used. Making tomorrow for dinner and wanted to make sure I did it right! Thanks!! ?
  • I followed the recipe and used the 1 cup of water, and it is very very soupy. Hope I didn't ruin dinner for tonight!
    • I hope not either! It's usually pretty liquidy. But this is a tried and true recipe, loved by many, and no one complains. I hope it worked out for you!
  • Normally I don't make lasagna but thought I'd try this because it had no cottage cheese or ricotta cheese in it. I loved it with one exception (which is why I didn't give it a 5 star rating). The seasoned salt. It calls for 2 teaspoons per batch, which is entirely way to much salt. Unfortunately I made a triple batch and froze 2, one being for my daughter. We just baked and had one of the pans tonight. It was sooooo salty that my daughter decided not to take the lasagna I made for her, home! Drat. I would either skip the seasoned salt entirely or add maybe 1/4 teaspoon max. All of us (my daughter, husband and myself) ate the lasagna with sour cream to hopefully cut some of the salt taste. It really didn't cut the salt much. I know I measured accurately because of not making this recipe before. I also used a little more Italian seasoning. The kind I use is the best I have ever had and is only available online. Hap's seasoning. www.hapburgers.com. Anyway I do like the recipe and will make it again minus most of the seasoned salt. Thank you for this recipe!
    • I'm glad you enjoyed it! I actually need to edit the recipe because I never even use seasoned salt - I don't know why I even have that as an ingredient still :)