EASY Meat Lasagna with NO-Boil Noodles -Lightened!

Want a quick meal? Whip up EASY Meat Lasagna with NO-Boil Noodles using Bolognese sauce, shredded mozzarella, grated Parmesan, heavy cream, and no-boil lasagna noodles. It is baked for 30 minutes before serving. This meat lasagna is simple yet delicious, even without extra cheese.

Our Easy Meat Lasagna with No-Boil Noodles…

  • Super easy to put together, bake, and serve!
  • Ideal for busy Mom’s and Dad’s.
  • Bonus: Make ahead and freezer-friendly!
  • Contains only three layers, and it’s made without ricotta cheese.
  • A much lighter version than most meat lasagna’s out there.

Other Lasagna recipes…

Some recipes for meat lasagna can be extremely heavy, containing an abundance of cheeses like ricotta or cottage cheese. Plus, eggs are added, along with other unwanted ingredients. No thanks!

EASY Meat Lasagna with NO-Boil Noodles by 2sistersrecipes.com

Reasons to LOVE this recipe for Easy Lasagna…

  • This lasagna takes 10 minutes to put together.
  • Ideally, you can easily double all the ingredients and make 2 meat lasagnas, 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!
  • 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.

It’s BEST to have on hand 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. 

Any store-bought brand you prefer or homemade is perfect for this lasagna.

It’s best to make the meat sauce ahead of time so the prep work is mostly done and ready for you. 

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EASY Meat Lasagna with N0-Boil Noodles by 2sistersrecipes.com
 

TIPS and NOTES for an EASY LASAGNA…

  • 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!
  • Plus, every time I make this meat lasagna – I make two! and freeze one!

How to Make Ahead?

  • Make Ahead: Prepare the lasagna and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 1 day before baking. 
  • When Ready To Bake: It’s best to let it sit out on the counter for 1 hour before baking, and it may require a longer baking time to heat it thoroughly, about 40 to 50 minutes.
  • Make Ahead & Freeze:  Cover tightly and freeze for up to 2 months.

To Thaw, Bake, and Reheat…

  • If Frozen? Allow it to thaw overnight in your fridge, then take it out and place it on your counter for at least 1 to 2 hours to be completely thawed.
  • To Bake: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (200C). Then increase the time to bake to 45 to 55 minutes, or more if needed.
  • To Reheat:

How to Make this Easy Meat Lasagna with No-Boil Noodles?

Below, we have provided a tutorial with step-by-step directions to show you how easy it is to make 2 trays of our Easy Meat Lasagna with No-Boil Noodles!  (*Our full recipe card on the bottom)

So let’s get started!

Ingredients Needed for EASY Meat Lasagna with NO-Boil Noodles:

  • 2 quarts of homemade Bolognese sauce or any brand.
  • 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

Directions to Make Easy Meat Lasagna:

Start by preheating the 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.

1. STEP 1:  For the bottom layer: pour one cup or more of bolognese sauce and spread evenly.

 
 

2. Step 2:  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.

 

3. Step 3: Pour one cup of sauce on top of the lasagna sheets.
Add a little more sauce, if needed to cover the surface.

 

4. Step 4:  Sprinkle 1 tablespoon with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese onto both.
Then scatter 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella on top of each.

 

5. Step 5:  Continue to top with another layer of lasagna sheets.  It really doesn’t matter how you lay the sheets.

 

6. Step 6:  Pour another cup or more of sauce and spread evenly over the sheets.  Top with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese and scatter 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella.

 

7. Step 7: Repeat for the third and final layer.  Layer the oven-ready lasagna sheets, and top with some sauce.   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.

8. Final Step:  Cover each one with foil wrap and place both into a preheated oven.  Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the fork comes out steaming hot when it is placed in the center of the lasagna.

Then open the oven, and carefully remove the foil cover. Continue to bake for an additional 5 to 8 minutes until the cheese is completely melted on top and the edges are bubbling. 

Remove from the oven. Allow resting for 5 to 7 minutes before cutting, and serve.

Yields: 8 servings

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Yield: 8 servings

EASY Meat Lasagna with NO-Boil Noodles -Lightened!

EASY Meat Lasagna with NO-Boil Noodles -Lightened!

EASY Meat Lasagna with No-Boil Noodles comes together easily with an all-meat Bolognese sauce, mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, and no-boil lasagna noodles. Then it's baked for 30 minutes and served! Freezer-friendly too!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

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: 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 (12 x 9) baking dishes or foil trays

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating the 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 overlap 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 and spread evenly over the lasagna sheets.
  5. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese onto both. Then scatter 1/2 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 1/2 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 1/4 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 the oven, remove the foil cover and return the lasagna's back into the oven and bake for an additional 5 to 8 minutes, until the cheese is completely melted and the edges are bubbling.
  13. Remove from the oven. Allow resting for 10 minutes before cutting, and serve.
  14. Yields: 8 servings

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 8.2gCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 15.3g

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13 Comments

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

    1. 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

    1. 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!

    1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. 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!

  3. 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! πŸ™‚