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Lasagna with White Sauce Recipe

Lasagna with White Sauce Recipe

I'm an old-fashioned country cook and love preparing recipes like this one that uses staples I normally keep on hand. Unlike most lasagnas, this one doesn't call for precooking the noodles. It's so simple my children sometimes make it after school and have it ready when I get home from work. —Angie Price, Bradford, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:10-12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 10 to 12 uncooked lasagna noodles


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, bouillon and seasonings. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan; stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in half of the cheese; set aside.
  • 3. Pour half of the meat sauce into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with half the lasagna noodles and remaining meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles. Pour white sauce over noodles. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • 4. Cover and bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until bubbly and noodles are tender. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 232 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 639mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein.

Reviews for Lasagna with White Sauce

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Rosestar17 User ID: 8101106 233363
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2015

"I have been making this dish for years, my family loves it, it's just me and my husband now and he wants only this lasagna recipe!"

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 200201
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"My family of eight has been asking for this delicious & easy dish since it was first published in TOH in 1994. They just asked for it for New Year's Day! Because it's filled with ingredients I always have on hand, I can always satisfy their request. Sometimes I add sliced pepperoni to make it a little more special. And, I always use a full cup of mozzarella cheese in the sauce & for the topping. We like lots of cheese in Italian dishes."

kshea User ID: 2698812 5940
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"Make this once in a while. Everyone loves."

jeankr User ID: 244220 8657
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"My family loves lasagna, and never have ricotta cheese on hand, this recipes uses staples that I always have on hand and it is delicious."

mapzd1 User ID: 4566601 8291
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"you have to try this! It is our favorite lasagn recipe and it is so easy.. I did double the amount of tomatoes, tomato paste, beef granules, and Italian seasoning. The first time I doubled the cayenne and regular pepper it was a bit hot so I don't double those anymore. I doubled the sauce because it didn't seem like there was quite enough of it for this many noodles. Very good you'll know why it won the blue ribbon!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.