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EASY Meat Lasagna with NO-Boil Noodles -Lightened!

Easy Meat Lasagna with NO Boil Noodles - Lightened! by 2sistersrecipes.com

EASY Meat Lasagna with N0-Boil Noodles comes together easily when you use an all meat Bolognese sauce, some shredded mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, and of course, no-boil lasagna noodles.  Then bake for 30 minutes and serve!  This meat lasagna is so SIMPLE and SO delicious, you won’t miss all that extra cheese in this one!

Some lasagnas can be extremely heavy or even high in calories because they’re made with abundance of cheeses like ricotta or cottage cheese mixed with eggs.  Some lasagnas are even stuffed with 5 layers or more.

This meat lasagna only has three layers and no ricotta cheese added to weigh it down.  A much lighter version than most meat lasagna’s out there.

And, every time I make this one, I make two!  Ideally, it’s great to double all the ingredients and make two meat lasagna’s, so you can pop one into the freezer for another time.  Making it perfect to have one ready to bake and serve on those busy weeknights!

Meat Lasagna is the one meal that becomes an important survival method when school starts.  Whether you microwave or reheat in the oven, it helps put dinner on the table in no time.  In fact, this is our “go-to” recipe when we need a one-dish-meal that has both protein and carbs.  Serve with a green salad and dinner is done!

 A super easy recipe to put together once you have all the ingredients in front of you.

 

All you need for this meat lasagna is an already made thick and hearty meat sauce.  And a lot of it!

For this recipe, I used moms Bolognese Sauce, two boxes of no-boil lasagna noodles, grated Parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella, and heavy cream.

When all the main ingredients are in front of you, you can begin!  Putting this lasagna together will take about 10 minutes, and about 30 minutes to bake.

Bolognese sauce is a rich, thick and meaty sauce made with lean chopped beef, veal and sometimes pork.  It’s best to make the meat sauce ahead of time so the prep work is mostly done and ready for you.  But you can use any store-bought meat sauce for this lasagna as well.

For a lighter version, I made it with only 3 layers of noodles, along with shredded mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese in between each layer.  Then topped each lasagna with a touch of heavy cream.  Heavy cream adds a fabulous creamy texture to the lasagna, making everyone not only love it even more but will go bonkers!

Lasagna filled with chopped meat like this one is our family’s all time favorite.  It always turns out perfect!  Surprisingly, it’s so much lighter and delicious without all those extra calories and fat.

Give it a try!

Some Tips on How to Prepare Ahead: You can prepare  the lasagna and store in the refridgerator at least 1 day before baking. Since the lasagna will be cold, it’s best to let it sit out on the counter for 1 hour before baking, or  you it will require a longer baking time, about 60 minutes.  If you plan to freeze, cover tightly and freeze, and no need to bake it before freezing.  When you are ready to bake, defrost it in the refriderator for 24 hours.  Bake and increase the time to 60 minutes.

How to Make Lasagna:

Below is our step-by-step directions on how to make 2 trays of our EASY Meat Lasagna with No-Boil Noodles! Or you can jump down to the bottom of this post for our full recipe card.

Follow along and now let’s get cooking!

 

 EASY Meat Lasagna with NO-Boil Noodles

  • 2 quarts Bolognese sauce

  • 2 boxes oven-ready No-Boil lasagna sheets

  • 6 Tbsp. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 3 cups part-skim shredded mozzarella

  • Optional: 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 2 (12 x 9) baking dishes or foil trays

Start by preheating oven to 375 degrees.  Take 2 baking casserole dishes (12 x 9) or one ceramic and one foil ( like shown below) and place them side by side.
For the bottom layer pour one cup or more of bolognese sauce and spread evenly.

Top with 3 to 4 sheets of no-boil oven ready lasagna.  Don’t worry if the sheets do not cover completely.  The lasagna sheets will expand to the ends of the dish while baking.

Pour one cup of sauce on top of the lasagna sheets.
Add a little more sauce, if needed to cover the surface.

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon with grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese onto both.
Then scatter 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella on top of each.

Continue to top with another layer of lasagna sheets.  It really doesn’t matter how you lay the sheets.

Pour another cup of sauce over the sheets.  Top with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese and scatter 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella.

Repeat for the third and final layer. Layer with the oven-ready lasagna sheets, spread some sauce to cover the surface.  Sprinkle with grated parmigiana cheese, and scatter with shredded mozzarella.

Optional: Pour 1/4 cup of heavy cream on top of each lasagna. This gives a creamy finish to the lasagna while baking.

Cover each with foil wrap and place both into a preheated oven.  Bake for 25 minutes.

Carefully remove from oven, to remove foil cover.  Place back into oven and bake for additional 5 to 8 minutes until the cheese is completely melted and the edges are lightly brown. Remove from oven.

Allow to rest for 10 minutes before cutting, and serve.  Yields: 8 servings

 

EASY Meat Lasagna with NO-Boil Noodles -Lightened!
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 8
 
EASY Meat Lasagna with N0-Boil Noodles comes together easily when you use an all meat Bolognese sauce, some shredded mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, and of course, no-boil lasagna noodles. Then bake for 30 minutes and serve!
Ingredients
  • 2 quarts Bolognese sauce
  • 2 boxes oven-ready No-Boil lasagna sheets
  • 6 Tbsp. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 cups part-skim shredded mozzarella
  • Optional: ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 (12 x 9) baking dishes or foil trays
Instructions
  1. Start by preheating oven to 375F degrees. Take 2 baking casserole dishes (12 x 9) or one ceramic and one foil ( like shown below) and place them side by side.
  2. For the bottom layer, pour one cup or more of bolognese sauce and spread evenly.
  3. Top with 3 to 4 sheets of no-boil oven ready lasagna. Try to over lap a little and don't worry if the sheets do not cover completely. The lasagna sheets will expand to the ends of the dish while baking.
  4. Pour one cup of sauce on top of the lasagna sheets. Add a little more sauce, if needed to cover the surface.
  5. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon with grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese onto both. Then scatter ½ cup of shredded mozzarella on top of each.
  6. Continue to top with another layer of lasagna sheets. It really doesn't matter how you lay the sheets.
  7. Pour another cup of sauce over the sheets. Top with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese and scatter ½ cup of shredded mozzarella.
  8. Repeat for the third and final layer. Layer with the oven-ready lasagna sheets, spread some sauce to cover the surface. Sprinkle with grated parmigiana cheese, and scatter with shredded mozzarella.
  9. Optional: Pour ¼ cup of heavy cream on top of each lasagna. This gives a creamy finish to the lasagna while baking.
  10. Cover each pan with foil wrap and place both into a preheated oven.
  11. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  12. Carefully remove from oven, to remove foil cover. Place back into oven and bake for additional 5 to 8 minutes until the cheese is completely melted and the edges are lightly brown.
  13. Remove from oven. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before cutting, and serve.
  14. Yields: 8 servings

 

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Dan from Platter Talk
    October 20, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Fantastic recipe and post, featuring one of my all time favorite, go-to meals! This lasagna looks perfect, you have a very lucky family!

  • Reply
    annaliz
    October 20, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Hey Dan, thanks!

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    Tricia Buice
    October 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Love your step by step photos and I will have to try your bolognese sauce soon!

  • Reply
    michaelswoodcraft
    September 3, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    How beautiful is that!! Looks very delicious, I love Meat Lasagna and do the same thing that you did when I make it, make an extra to freeze! I made 68 manicotti over the weekend, had dinner and froze the rest for another meal. Not only is homemade better but the family appreciates it! I know your family appreciates all the extra love that your put into it! 🙂

    • Reply
      annaliz
      September 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks Michael! Wow, the manicotti sounds wonderful! I will have to try some one day. Have a great weekend!

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    Brooks
    September 3, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Lasagna is one my favorite make-ahead meals. Trouble is though, it often times gets heated and served. Ha! Yours looks as tasty as can be, and I like the way you staggered the noodles in the layering. Lovely work, ladies!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      September 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks Brook, staggering the noodles doesn't have to be perfect in our book. It always turns out fine no matter how we stagger them. Thanks for the lovely comment!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    September 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I love lasagna but hardly ever make it myself! I love how simple you've made the process. Great idea to have one in the freezer for a busy day or unexpected guests.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      September 5, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      This is the time of year when I make many lasagnas and even banana breads for my daughter to take back with her to college. And, my husband wishes I would keep at least one for us, Lol…..
      Thank you for the lovely comment Sue!

  • Reply
    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    September 5, 2014 at 2:16 am

    I make mine very similar and use the no boil noodles, too! Liked your heavy cream tip! Now I am wanting lasagne!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      September 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Abbe! The heavy cream is added to give it a nice light creamy texture to it. It's so much better with the cream added. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    January 16, 2015 at 5:20 am

    I can't wait to try this! Nicole Nadel said this is the best. I have to trust her…

    • Reply
      annaliz
      January 16, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Hi Anonymous! Please let us know how it turns out for you- we'd live to hear about it. Thanks for trusting Nicole! We trust her too! Xo Anna and Liz

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