Quattro Formaggi, Best Italian American Lasagna Recipe

Quattro Formaggi

I know, I know.

You’re probably wondering how the hell something with such an Italian name is classified as an American recipe.

But here’s a little secret for you: most Italians don’t use a ricotta mixture or cottage cheese in their lasagna recipes.

Most Italian recipes actually call for a bechamel sauce.

Which, hey, if you’re into that, all of the power to you.

But that’s not what we’re about here.

At Mortadella Head, we make one of the best creamy ricotta mixtures you’ll ever taste in your life.

It’s enough to make some great recipes into outstanding recipes.

All it takes is a few simple ingredients, and you’ll be good to go.

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What Ingredients Do I Need To Make This Homemade Lasagna?


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It’s quite simple, actually.

All you need is some:

  • Fresh batches of lasagna noodles, cooked to al dente.
  • Your own ricotta mixture, which we will tell you how to make below.
  • Provolone cheese. Lots of it.
  • Mozzarella cheese. Can be sliced mozzarella, or shredded. However you like it is fair game here.
  • Grated Romano or parmesan cheese, whatever you like!
  • Tomato sauce. Particularly marinara sauce. You can get some nice quality sauce from the store, or make your own using the recipe below:

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  • Lots of herbs, spices, and little additions to make it super flavorful.

If it sounds too easy, too good to be true, it’s because it is.

This is one of the best “easy recipes” you will probably ever make for yourself.

That’s right, you don’t even need to brown ground beef, add some Italian sausage or meatballs (although you can if you’d like), or do anything fancy like that.

This is a big ol’ four cheese lasagna, and if you make the ricotta cheese the right way, and use all of the proper herbs and spices, it’ll make a huge difference. I swear, you won’t even miss the meat.

This is the best classic lasagna recipe for a reason.

Quattro Formaggi Lasagna FAQs:


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Q: What if I really, really miss the meat and wanted to add some in?

A: Your call entirely! If you wanted to keep the integrity of the cheesiness without overpowering the dish too much, instead of marinara pasta sauce, you could try using a homemade meat sauce recipe. It’s my favorite way to add some meat right in between the layers of lasagna.

Q: How would I freeze this lasagna?

A: It’s really simple. If you had a lot of lasagna left over and didn’t want to eat it again the next day, there’s a solution for you. All you need to do is prepare this lasagna as you normally would, and instead of tossing it into the oven, covering it with some plastic wrap and tossing it straight into the freezer. If you’ve already baked this finished lasagna, you can freeze it the exact same way.

What To Serve With This American Lasagna Recipe:

Drink: Try a nice glass of cabernet sauvignon. You’ll love the flavor with this!

Appetizer: This lasagna would be wonderful with some parmesan bread bites.

Side Dish: If you really wanted to get your meaty fix in, try this with some fried meatballs!

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Quattro Formaggi

Ricotta Mix Recipe

  • Author: Gianna Ferrini


  • 2 cups of ricotta cheese (not cottage cheese)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of marinara sauce, warmed over medium heat in a large skillet
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 tsp garlic powder to taste


  1. Get a medium bowl.
  2. Toss everything together, and mix thoroughly in the mixing bowl.
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Quattro Formaggi

Four Cheese Lasagna Recipe

  • Author: Gianna Ferrini


  • 1 pound fresh lasagna noodles, cooked in boiling water in an 8-quart pot until al dente, and brushed with olive oil
  • The ricotta cheese mixture
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 pound provolone cheese
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • Salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Spread an even layer of marinara sauce on the bottom of an 8×8-inch baking dish.
  3. Lay noodles to cover the sauce over the bottom of the baking dish.
  4. Spread half of the cheese mixture over the noodles.
  5. Add provolone cheese on top of the creamy ricotta mixture.
  6. Sprinkle a layer of grated cheese over the cheese mixture.
  7. Repeat the layering process until all the ingredients and layers of pasta are used up.
  8. Top the lasagna with a final layer of marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, fresh basil leaves, and grated cheese.
  9. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
  11. Let the lasagna cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting into servings.
  12. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve hot.

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1 thought on “Quattro Formaggi, Best Italian American Lasagna Recipe”

  1. This has to be the best lasagna I’ve ever made. The sauce was so easy to make but tasted so good! I was also surprised at how good it was without any meat. The cheese blends are amazing together. This will be my new go-to lasagna recipe!

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