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Aunt May’s Lasagna

Some people don't like ricotta cheese, traditionally found in lasagna. This is a nice alternative.—Angie Estes, Elko, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Bake: 35 min. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer; drain. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 40-50 minutes or until thickened.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Discard bay leaf from meat sauce. Stir in olives.
  • Spread a fourth of the sauce in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with three noodles and a third of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles, sauce and cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 249 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 412mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • petrie60
    Dec 11, 2013

    This is my lasagna recipe also, but last year I added the ricotta for the first time and my family loved it! So now I add that along with the two other chesses! Great recipe! We always have lasagna for Xmas dinner with green bean casserole and all the other goodies!

  • momiejoan
    Jun 3, 2013

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  • jackie2007
    May 28, 2013

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  • maureenfipke
    May 27, 2013

    I use Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles and Cottage Cheese, also use some shredded Parmesan Cheese with the Mozza cheese.

  • mblewis
    Mar 2, 2013

    Although I love traditional lasagna with the ricotta, my husband does not. This was a delicious and simple recipe (didn't do the olives) that had my husband taking a second helping. Will definitely make again and might try with Italian sausage.

  • Istayinthekitchen
    Jan 23, 2013

    I've made a couple of different lasagnas. This was amazing. Simple & delicious. Everyone was looking forward to leftovers the next day. Only thing I changed is I added a cup of water to the sauce, like some other stated the sauce was too thick for my liking. I also added sugar & tons of garlic to mine.

  • cindy -rushford
    Nov 27, 2012

    very nice recipe , easy to make with a wonderful flavor.

  • stwood64
    Oct 12, 2012

    My husband doesn't care for lasagna recipes that use ricotta cheese. I found this one and since no one likes olives, I omitted them. At times I will use mushrooms instead. I've also made using whole wheat noodles and ground turkey and my family loves it! We make this recipe often!

  • lert76
    Feb 10, 2012

    I have a different lasagna recipe that I prefer, but it has more steps so I use this recipe when I want an easier lasagna. It's pretty good, but better if you add 1/2 c. or so of water with the tomatoes so it's not as dry

  • narwhal
    Dec 3, 2011

    I have made this recipe a few times and we love it. I omit the olives because I'm the only one in my house who likes them, and I usually end up adding extra cheese, but it's always a hit and even my toddler likes it.