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Classic Cheese Lasagna

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A simple yet robust marinara and a trio of cheeses meld into an intensely flavorful lasagna. A classic, perfected.

  • Servings: 8
Classic Cheese Lasagna

Photography: YunHee Kim

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2008

Ingredients

  • 1 pound whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella
  • Marinara
  • Fresh Lasagna Noodles, cut into 4-by-13-inch strips and cooked, or store-bought dried noodles, cooked
  • 5 ounces coarsely grated Parmesan cheese, (about 1 3/4 cups)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine ricotta, egg, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl. Season with pepper. Coarsely grate 1/2 of the mozzarella, and stir into ricotta mixture. Using your fingers, shred remaining mozzarella into 2-inch strips, and reserve.

  2. Spread 1/2 cup marinara in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Place a layer of noodles over marinara. Spread 1/3 of the ricotta mixture over noodles, and sprinkle with 1/3 of the Parmesan. Place a layer of noodles over the cheese layer. Spread 1 cup marinara over noodles. Repeat layering (noodles, marinara, noodles, ricotta mixture, Parmesan) 2 more times. Spread remaining marinara over cheese layer, then sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.

  3. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until cheese is golden brown and sauce is bubbling, 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

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  • Kelly Braucht
    20 NOV, 2013
    First time making lasagna ever, it was great!! Next will add in onions and basil :)
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  • dkaluzny620
    12 FEB, 2013
    Fantastic recipe. In addition to making my own pasta and the recommended marinara, I made my own ricotta cheese for this recipe. I've never had a better lasagna. I didn't bother with pre-cooking the noodles. I also skipped the egg in the cheese mixture to ensure the cheese mixture wouldn't be runny. Made this the night before I needed it, too, which is a big plus in my book! Can't wait to make this one again.
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  • naheedelahi
    26 NOV, 2012
    delishes! recipe although I am a meat lover but I will make this again
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  • cakegirl4
    27 JAN, 2011
    This recipe was so yummy! :) The fresh nutmeg gave a nice flavor :)....will make this again. I also added meat and spinach and it worked out perfect!!!
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  • goodthing101
    15 NOV, 2010
    Best lasagna I've ever made!!! Used good quality tomato and cheeses, so yummy.
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