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.