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The Best Classico Lasagna Recipe: How to Make It and How to Personalize It

The Best Classico Lasagna Recipe: How to Make It and How to Personalize It

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Do you love lasagna but don’t always have the time to make it from scratch? We have you covered with this delicious Classico Lasagna Recipe. This recipe is easy to follow and can be tailored to your tastes. Today, we will give you a step-by-step guide on how to make it, as well as some tips on how to customize it for your own palate. Enjoy!

The Best Classico Lasagna Recipe: How to Make It and How to Personalize It

How do you make homemade lasagna?

There seems to be a mystery involved – people picture that older Italian Aunt or grandmother slaving away over a stove for 24 hours, making it all from scratch. The sauce, the noodles, even the ricotta! But we’re here to tell you that it’s not as difficult as it seems. In fact, with our Classico Lasagna Recipe, you can have a delicious lasagna on the table in no time.

Classico Lasagna ingredients

What do I need to make this lasagna?

  • Classico sweet basil pasta sauce – or your favorite pasta sauce
  • Classico alfredo sauce – if you can’t find Classico, go for Prego
  • Ricotta cheese – this is what makes lasagna so creamy
  • Frozen spinach – this is already cleaned and cooked, making it a time saver
  • Mozzarella cheese shreds – pre-shredded mozzarella saves you time
  • Parmesan cheese – feel free to use the pre-shredded kind here as well
  • Eggs – this helps to bind the ricotta mixture
  • Italian seasoning – this gives the lasagna a nice flavor boost and simplifies what you have on hand in your spice cabinet – will become a favorite seasoning.
  • Dry minced onion – this is a great ingredient to have on hand for many recipes
  • Italian sausage – there are several different kinds, we prefer a mild flavor
  • Dry lasagna noodles – we prefer the “oven ready” noodles
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Preparation Instructions:

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Classico Lasagna ricotta mix

In a medium mixing bowl, mix the ricotta, spinach, mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning, dry onion, eggs, and 2 tablespoons of the parmesan cheese until fully incorporated – set it aside.

Classico Lasagna cooking off sausage

In a large skillet, over medium high heat, cook the Italian sausage until it is golden brown. Drain any grease if necessary.

Classico Lasagna sauce layer

Pour 1 cup of the sweet basil sauce into the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish

Classico Lasagna noodle layer

Layer on 4 uncooked lasagna noodles, ½ of the ricotta cheese mixture, 1 cup of sweet basil sauce, and half of the cooked sausage.

Classico Lasagna cheese layer

Repeat layers.

Add on the last four lasagna sheets and pour the entire jar of alfredo sauce over the layer of pasta. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese over it.

Classico Lasagna parm layer

Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes.

Remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Allow it to rest 10 minutes before serving – this helps the lasagna to set, so you don’t have a soupy mess with the sauce as you plate it up.

Garnish with parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and parsley

Classico Lasagna vertical on fork

Classico Lasagna Recipe variations:

Now that you know how to make a classic lasagna let’s explore some ways that you can change it up. After all, variety is the spice of life!

One easy way to change things is to switch out your pasta sauce. If you’re looking for a heartier lasagna, try using Classico’s Ragu Traditional Pasta Sauce. Or, for a lighter option, Classico’s Four Cheese Pasta Sauce is a perfect choice.

Another way to personalize your lasagna is to add in some extra vegetables. If you want to sneak in extra greens, try adding finely chopped spinach or kale to the ricotta mixture. Or, add some chopped roasted red peppers for a little sweetness. The possibilities are endless!

Classico Lasagna plated up

Classico Lasagna Recipe FAQs:

Q: What if I can’t find ricotta cheese?

A: you can use small curd cottage cheese.

Q: Can I make this lasagna ahead of time?

A: Absolutely! Lasagna is one of those dishes that tastes even better the next day. Simply prepare the dish according to the instructions above and then store it in the fridge for up to 48 hours. When ready to eat, simply reheat it in the oven until it’s hot and bubbly.

Q: I don’t have ground Italian sausage on hand. Can I use something else?

A: Yes! You can substitute ground beef, turkey, or tofu if you don’t have Italian sausage. Just drain any excess fat before layering it into the lasagna.

Q: Can I freeze this lasagna?

A: Yes, you can! Lasagna freezes quite well. Just be sure to wrap it tightly in aluminum foil or freezer-safe wrap and store it in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to eat it, thaw it overnight in the fridge and then reheat it in the oven. Any leftovers should go in an airtight container and to your fridge.

We hope you enjoy this Classico Lasagna Recipe! If you try it, be sure to let us know how you personalize it in the comments below. Buon appetite!

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Yield: 8

The Best Classico Lasagna Recipe: How to Make It and How to Personalize It

Classico Lasagna plated up

Do you love lasagna but don't always have the time to make it from scratch? We have you covered with this delicious Classico Lasagna Recipe. This recipe is easy to follow and can be tailored to your tastes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 jar Classico sweet basil pasta sauce
  • 1 jar Classico alfredo sauce
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed & drained well
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shreds
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dry minced onion
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 12 uncooked lasagna noodles

Instructions

    Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

    In a medium mixing bowl, mix the ricotta, spinach, mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning, dry onion, eggs, and 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese until fully incorporated - set it aside.

    In a large skillet, over medium high heat, cook the Italian sausage until it is golden brown. Drain any grease if necessary.

    Pour 1 cup of the sweet basil sauce into the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish

    Layer on 4 uncooked lasagna noodles, ½ of the ricotta cheese mixture, 1 cup of sweet basil sauce, and half of the cooked sausage.

    Repeat layers.

    Add on the last four lasagna sheets and pour the entire jar of alfredo sauce over the layer of pasta. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese over it.

    Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes.

    Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

    Allow it to rest 10 minutes before serving - this helps the lasagna to set, so you don't have a soupy mess with the sauce as you plate it up.

    Garnish with Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and parsley

    Notes

    If you want to sneak in extra greens, try adding finely chopped spinach or kale to the ricotta mixture. Or, add some chopped roasted red peppers for a little sweetness. The possibilities are endless!

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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 574Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 907mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 33g

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