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Beef Lasagne Recipe

Beef Lasagne Recipe

This recipe is one of my mom's specialties. It's a hearty main dish that gets requested time and time again. The from-scratch sauce makes each cheesy slice extra flavorful and softer-textured than other versions.—Kim Orr, West Grove, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 to 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the water, tomato sauce and paste, soup mix, oregano, sugar and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • 2. Spoon 1/2 cup meat sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with three noodles and a third of the cottage cheese, mozzarella, meat sauce and Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers twice.
  • 3. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein

Reviews for Beef Lasagne

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Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"It was ok. I would try a different recipe next time. I added the full envelope of onion soup mix; perhaps it would taste better with less."

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"This was very good, even better warmed up as leftovers. Didn't change a thing."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"I wonder how much sodium is in a serving? Onion soup mix is very high in sodium as is cheese."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"This is pretty good in my opinion. Everyone in the family loves it. It's my husband's request when he comes home from a week of travelling and craves home cooking."

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"This was delicious. I used buffalo meat, which worked out well. I, too, ran short of sauce, but just loaded up on the cheese and used one less layer of noodles and it did not seem to make a difference. My husband loved it. It is a very easy recipe to follow as well and does not take too long to make."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"As a lasagne lover this one works perfectly for my family and for me. It's easy and tasty and freezes beautifully. Thanks for sharing!"

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"I made this for my 2 boys and we all LOVED it!! This will definitely become part of our routine!! AMAZINGLY good!!"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"I found this recipe several years ago and have used it dozens of times. This is our favorite lasagna recipe."

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"Tried this recipe once almost a year ago & kept on using it ever since. Only problem was that I ran a little short on the sauce. Either way it's absolutely delicious & everyone who has tried it loved it!"

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2011

"I first found this recipe years ago in the magazine. It's been my lasagna recipe ever since. I have adapted it a bit for my personal tastes. I don't like cottage cheese, so I don't use it. Still it's such an excellent recipe."

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"This was absolutely delicious. It's the way lasagna should taste. But, I was low on cottage cheese and only had half the mozarella. So I used a smaller pan, fewer noodles, and ended up using the whole portion of sauce. Wow! It was so good! I used the entire packet of onion soup mix. It was very salty, but still tasted yummy. I also added 1 tsp of basil, and used and extra clove of garlic. I had leftover Italian tomato paste (with garlic, basil and oregano), so that might have added a punch to the sauce too. But, delicious, nonetheless. This recipe is a keeper!"

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"This is the best lasagna recipe ever! I have made it several times and each time it was a crowd pleaser. I am always asked for the recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"This recipe was amazing. The kids loved and everyone else that eat it. I add mushrooms and a green bell pepper. LOVE THIS The best homemade Lasagna my husband has eat."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"This has been my go to recipe for a couple of years since I found here on the TOH site. I lighten it up by using ground turkey, fat free cottage cheese and reduced fat mozarella. I used to spend a fortune and hours making lasagna. This recipe is as good as lasagna gets!"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"Very good! The first time around I like to follow the recipe to a "T". It had good flavor though next time I would like to add fresh mushrooms, onions, and green peppers to it. I was a little worried that it wouldn't be saucey enough for me but turned out it was fine. Overall, it's a big thumbs up!"

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"I so unsure about the onion soup I started with half then just put in the whole pack in. I also added 1 teaspoon of galic power, 1 teaspoon of basil and a extra glove a garlic with the beef. It smells amazing...the sauce is so good. Thanks for sharing this recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"My family did not like the sauce because they missed the Italian herbs I usually use."

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"My husband favorite lasagna recipe!"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"This was the first lasagna recipe I ever tried and I don't think I will ever use a different recipe. Everybody loved this lasagna and I have many requests for it. So very good!!"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"This is the best lasagna recipe I've ever made. My husband told me to "mark this one down" because it is excellent. This recipe was featured in TOH's article "my mom's best meal." All of the companion recipes were also very good."

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2009 Edited Dec. 10, 2014

"This was the first lasagna recipe I ever tried, well now it is one of my most requested dishes, tomorrow is my youngest child's birthday and she has requested this dish."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2008 Edited Dec. 10, 2014

"Having been married to 2 Italian women, I was sceptical to9 any Italian using onion soup mix in a pasta sauce but the lasagna was excellent! My wife wants me to make it again."

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2008 Edited Dec. 10, 2014

"Very true that this is the BEST lasagna recipe I ever tried and I have tried dozens. This is a recipe from about 1972 and it was originally published in the AMANA Radar Range Cookbook. I think it is the onion soup that really makes the difference. It is as good in the microwave as in a regular oven. Whenever I fix this for company they always ask for the recipe."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.