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a slice of lasagna al forno

Lasagna Al Forno

  • Author: Mortadella Head
  • Total Time: 235
  • Yield: 6 1x



For the meat sauce:

3 tbsp olive oil 

1 can crushed red tomatoes

1/2 onion, chopped

1 celery stock, diced

1/2 carrot, shredded

4 cloves of garlic

1/2 lb ground beef 

1/2 cup basil leaves

1/2 cup parmesan cheese 

salt and pepper

For the ricotta mix:

32 ounces of ricotta cheese

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 cup of the previously made meat sauce

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced

salt and black pepper

To assemble the lasagna:

1 lb. lasagna sheets

the rest of the meat sauce

the ricotta mix you just made

1/4 lb sliced provolone cheese

1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded, low moisture)

2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Salt & pepper to taste

Basil to taste


Meat sauce: 

  1. Heat up olive oil in a sauté pan
  2. Add your veggies and let sauté
  3. Add beef and brown it
  4. Season with salt and pepper
  5. Add crushed tomatoes, parmesan, and half of the basil leaves, and let simmer for two hours, stirring often.

Ricotta mix: 

  1. Get a large mixing bowl
  2. Put everything in bowl and mix thoroughly

Building the lasagna: 

  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. Boil lasagna sheets until al dente, drizzling olive oil between each cooked lasagna noodle.
  3. Spread tomato sauce on the bottom of a baking sheet
  4. Cover sauce with lasagna sheets.
  5. Add ricotta mixture and spread evenly
  6. Add provolone slices to fully cover the ricotta mixture
  7. Add meat sauce and distribute evenly.
  8. Add more sauce and grated cheese.
  9. Repeat this process until your layers reach the top of the pan.
  10. Top layer should be lasagna sheets, sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, and basil.
  11. Bake for 40-50 minutes covered with foil. 
  12. Remove foil for the last 15 minutes in the oven.
  13. Remove from the oven and let it rest for about 20 minutes before cutting into it.
  14. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Resting time: 15
  • Cook Time: 195
  • Category: Lasagna
  • Method: Cooking & Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: lasagna al forno, homemade lasagna recipe