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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.

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ellimaye1 User ID: 1179808 232534
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."

spronovo User ID: 3118526 224663
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

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

Hush User ID: 177323 214470
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

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

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 30099
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."

Sel1980 User ID: 7582599 92350
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."

amypee User ID: 6378581 35544
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!"

ranforever User ID: 6434204 72018
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!!"

babygirl777 User ID: 3592029 31489
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

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

aleks2191 User ID: 6178382 31488
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!"

ChelleLeigh1917 User ID: 5740545 46494
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."

Summy User ID: 1386846 72016
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!"

lesgonza0914 User ID: 4273955 31487
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."

kaismia User ID: 5467893 52409
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."

jhurston User ID: 1237091 31486
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!"

shannah_thelen User ID: 3105455 77512
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!"

cntbailey User ID: 1507453 35427
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."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3572716 88001
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

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

marigross User ID: 4375637 88000
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"My husband favorite lasagna recipe!"

lesgonza0914 User ID: 4273955 85454
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!!"

saw-whet User ID: 2849135 78515
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."

mrswvwoodchuck User ID: 3740415 35542
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."

JamaicanJack User ID: 1710795 35541
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."

smek User ID: 1143997 30100
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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