Famous Lasagna

Lasagna is a classic dish that brings comfort and joy to any table. This famous lasagna recipe combines layers of savory meat sauce, creamy cheese mixture, and a blend of sharp cheddar and mozzarella, creating a rich and flavorful dish perfect for family dinners and gatherings.


  • 2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 24 ounces meat-flavored spaghetti sauce
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon pepper
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 12 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 8 ounces small curd cottage cheese
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


1. Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Meat Sauce

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). In a large frying pan, brown the ground sirloin with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Once the meat is browned, drain any excess fat and return the meat to the pan. Add the spaghetti sauce to the meat just enough to make it wet but not too saucy. Let it simmer while you prepare the other components of the lasagna.

2. Mix the Cheese Filling

In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the sour cream, cottage cheese, and cream cheese with 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix until smooth and well incorporated.

3. Cook the Lasagna Noodles

Boil about 12 lasagna noodles according to the package instructions. Once cooked, drain them and set aside.

4. Assemble the Lasagna

Use a 9×13 lasagna pan that is deep enough for about three layers. Start by spooning a small amount of the meat mixture onto the bottom of the pan to prevent the noodles from sticking. Layer 3 lasagna noodles on top of the meat mixture.

5. Add the Meat and Cheese Layers

Top the noodles with 1/3 of the meat mixture. Carefully spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture on top of the meat sauce by lightly dropping spoonfuls and smoothing them out. Sprinkle 1/3 of the shredded sharp cheddar and mozzarella cheeses over the cheese mixture, followed by a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese.

6. Repeat the Layers

Repeat the layering process two more times, ending with the remaining 3 lasagna noodles on top. Finish by sprinkling the shredded mozzarella cheese over the final layer of noodles, just enough to cover.

7. Bake the Lasagna

Bake the lasagna uncovered at 375°F (190°C) for about 40 minutes. After baking, broil on low until the top is golden brown, approximately 8 minutes.

8. Let It Rest

Allow the lasagna to sit for at least 30 minutes before serving. This resting period helps the lasagna set and makes it easier to cut into squares.

9. Serve and Enjoy

Cut the lasagna into squares and serve. Enjoy the hearty, cheesy goodness with your family and friends!

Freezing Tip

You can freeze this lasagna for up to 3 months in an airtight container placed inside a freezer bag. It’s a great option for meal prep and future family dinners.

Nutritional Information

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Servings: 10

Serving and Storage Tips :

Serving Tips

  1. Let It Rest: After baking, allow the lasagna to sit for at least 30 minutes before cutting. This helps the layers set, making it easier to serve clean slices.
  2. Portion Sizes: Cut the lasagna into even squares. For a standard 9×13 pan, you can get about 10 generous portions.
  3. Accompaniments: Serve the lasagna with a fresh green salad and a slice of garlic bread for a complete meal. A glass of red wine, such as Chianti or Merlot, pairs wonderfully with the rich flavors of lasagna.
  4. Garnish: Sprinkle some fresh basil or parsley on top for a touch of color and added flavor.

Storage Tips


  1. Cool Completely: Allow the lasagna to cool completely before storing it in the refrigerator. This prevents condensation and keeps it fresh longer.
  2. Cover and Store: Cover the lasagna tightly with aluminum foil or transfer it to an airtight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  3. Reheating: To reheat, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Cover the lasagna with foil and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until heated through. For a quicker option, you can microwave individual slices for about 2-3 minutes.


  1. Prepare for Freezing: If you plan to freeze the lasagna, it’s best to do so before baking. Assemble the lasagna in a freezer-safe dish, but do not bake it.
  2. Cover Properly: Cover the assembled lasagna with plastic wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Label it with the date.
  3. Freezing Time: Lasagna can be frozen for up to 3 months. For best results, try to use it within this timeframe.
  4. Baking from Frozen: When ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap and cover with foil. Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 60-75 minutes. Remove the foil for the last 10-15 minutes to brown the top. If thawed before baking, reduce the baking time to about 40-45 minutes.


  1. In the Refrigerator: For best results, thaw the lasagna in the refrigerator overnight. This ensures even thawing and helps maintain texture.
  2. Quick Thaw: If you need to thaw it quickly, you can leave it out at room temperature for a few hours or use the defrost setting on your microwave. Be sure to follow safe food handling practices.

Serving Leftovers

  1. Reheat Evenly: If reheating in the microwave, cover the lasagna slice with a damp paper towel to prevent drying out and heat evenly.
  2. Refresh the Taste: Sprinkle a little fresh cheese on top before reheating to refresh the taste and texture.
  3. Storage for Leftovers: Store any leftover lasagna in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume within 2-3 days for best quality.

These serving and storage tips will help you enjoy your famous lasagna at its best, whether freshly baked or reheated. Enjoy every delicious bite!

Variations :

1. Classic Beef Lasagna

Ingredients: Use ground beef instead of ground sirloin.
Preparation: Follow the original recipe steps.

2. Vegetarian Lasagna

Ingredients: Mixed vegetables (zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach) and marinara sauce.
Preparation: Sauté the vegetables and use them instead of the meat sauce.

3. Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

Ingredients: Shredded chicken, Alfredo sauce, and optional spinach.
Preparation: Combine shredded chicken with Alfredo sauce, layer as usual, and add spinach if desired.

4. Seafood Lasagna

Ingredients: Shrimp, crab meat, and white sauce (béchamel or Alfredo).
Preparation: Sauté shrimp, mix with crab meat and white sauce, and layer as per the original recipe.

5. Gluten-Free Lasagna

Ingredients: Gluten-free lasagna noodles.
Preparation: Cook gluten-free noodles and layer as per the original recipe.


1. Can I make lasagna ahead of time?

Yes, you can assemble the lasagna up to 24 hours in advance and store it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to bake, remove it from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking as directed.

2. How do I prevent my lasagna from becoming too watery?

To prevent a watery lasagna, make sure to drain the cooked noodles thoroughly and use a thick, hearty meat sauce. Also, avoid adding too much sauce between the layers, as excess liquid can lead to a watery dish.

3. Can I use no-boil lasagna noodles?

Yes, no-boil lasagna noodles can be used. Just make sure to add a bit more sauce to each layer to ensure the noodles cook properly in the oven.

4. How do I store leftover lasagna?

Store leftover lasagna in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze individual portions wrapped in plastic wrap and aluminum foil for up to 3 months.

5. Can I substitute ricotta cheese for cottage cheese?

Yes, ricotta cheese can be substituted for cottage cheese in the cheese mixture. It provides a creamier texture and slightly different flavor.

6. How can I reheat lasagna without drying it out?

To reheat lasagna without drying it out, cover it with foil and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 20-25 minutes, or until heated through. For individual slices, you can use the microwave, covering the lasagna with a damp paper towel.

These FAQs cover common questions about making, storing, and serving lasagna, ensuring that your dish turns out perfectly every time.

This famous lasagna recipe is a surefire hit for any gathering, bringing warmth and satisfaction to your table. Enjoy!