From here on, this cozy classic will become Your Famous Lasagna, sure to star at weekend parties and weeknight meals for years to come. The noodles are layered with rich meat sauce and creamy ricotta mixed with bright flecks of fresh parsley, and gooey mozzarella helps keep the whole creation together.
Make It Faster
Skip Basic Meat Sauce for 4 cups (32 ounces) and cooking regular lasagna noodles for a good store-bought marinara and 16 (9 ounces) ''no-boil'' noodles. Layer the noodles in the sauce and cheeses. Bake lasagna for 45 minutes covered, followed by 20 to 30 minutes uncovered, until browned.
Make It Fancier
In Step 1 of the Basic Meat Sauce, add 2 ounces diced pancetta. After Step 2, add 1/2 cup white wine and cook until mostly evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes more. Continue to Step 3 in the Basic Meat Sauce recipe. Instead of dried lasagna sheets, pick up 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of fresh pasta sheets at your local gourmet market (enough to form 4 layers). Boil just until they float, 2 to 3 minutes; drain and rinse.