Easy Beef & Ricotta Lasagna


Create a delicious dinner that the whole family will love with this easy cheesy lasagna recipe that tastes like you spent all day making it without all of the work.

Easy and Delicious Beef & Ricotta Lasanga recipe the whole family will love! Recipe at

It’s no secret, I like easy dinners.  I love to bake, but when it comes to dinner, I like something that requires little work on my part 😉

Most of the time when you think of a dish like lasagna, you think cheesy, gooey comfort food……..but time consuming.  But not this lasagna recipe!!  I’ve been making this dish since I was about 15.  It’s the lasagna recipe I made in junior high home ec class. Why do they no longer call it “junior high”…’s now called middle school.

I digress, I was so excited to make this fabulous lasagna for my parents and brother back then, it doesn’t take a lot of skills, but makes one heck of an Italian dish, any level cook would be proud to put on the table!

After that night, I was dubbed “lasagna maker” in the family, and now 30 years later, it’s still the same lasagna recipe I use.  I first posted this easy lasagna recipe back in 2009 and I thought it was time to bring this star of our family recipes back out!  I made a few tiny changes that involved cheese last week.   Total cheese fest = best batch of lasagna ever!

Since back to school is looming around the corner, and schedules are going to start getting busy, this is a great recipe for any week night or, make a big batch for Sunday dinner and  freeze a pan for a really quick week night meal!  Read this post for pasta fix it and freeze it tips.


Easy and Delicious Beef & Ricotta Lasanga recipe the whole family will love! Recipe at

Be sure to serve with a stack of napkins! 😉

Easy Beef & Ricotta Lasagna

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Easy Beef & Ricotta Lasagna

Create a delicious dinner that the whole family will love with this easy cheesy lasagna recipe.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomato
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 pkg spaghetti sauce mix (I use McCormicks )
  • 9-12 lasagna noodles
  • 6-8 ounces ricotta
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2-3 cups mozzarella & provolone cheese, shredded (we use Sargento)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, cook ground beef over medium high heat just until meat is no longer pink. Season with garlic salt and pepper Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and seasoning packet. Simmer, covered, for about 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. While sauce is simmering, prepare water for the lasagna noodles and boil according to directions Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Add cream cheese to meat sauce and stir until melted and blended, then remove meat sauce from heat. Stir in ricotta cheese.
  5. To assemble, line the bottom of a greased 9×13 glass pan with 3 or 4 noodles, spread 1/3 of meat & cheese sauce over noodles. Top with 1/3 of mozzarella & provalone cheese, sprinkle with 1/3 of Parmesan cheese. Repeat with 2 more layers.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving, so lasagna can hold together.


ricotta can be replaced with cottage cheese, but after years of using cottage cheese, we found ricotta to be SO much better.

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23 Responses to “Easy Beef & Ricotta Lasagna”

  1. Kristen posted on August 12, 2013 at 11:09 am (#)

    I love how long this recipe has been with you, Cheryl! I’ve never had cream cheese in a lasagna… what a great addition!

    • TidyMom replied on August 12th, 2013 at 11:31 am

      it adds a bit of creamy richness to it!!

  2. Claire @ A Little Claireification posted on August 12, 2013 at 11:45 am (#)

    Nom, nom nom. LOVE lasagna!! So neat you have been making this one for so long too! Looks delicious and I will have to try it!

  3. Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet posted on August 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm (#)

    I love recipes like this! Perfect for busy families!

  4. Colette @ Coco in the Kitchen posted on August 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm (#)

    This is a great one to make on the w/end and freeze for a weeknight.

  5. Tieghan posted on August 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm (#)

    This is perfect for my family and for me since it is quick and easy! Score!

  6. Germaine posted on August 12, 2013 at 11:44 pm (#)

    Yummmmy think I will whip this up…. But will not let sweetie about the cream cheese –
    Due to he does not like it..he he betcha he never know will just tell him after the fact he he he.will let you know his reactions. But just more for me he he he…

    • TidyMom replied on August 13th, 2013 at 5:15 am

      Mine doesn’t like cream cheese either, and he had NO CLUE it was in there 😉


  7. capturing joy with kristen duke posted on August 13, 2013 at 8:35 am (#)

    Lasagna is one of my very favorite dinners, I’ve never tried it with cream cheese, sounds delish! I shared this on facebook and pinning!

    • TidyMom replied on August 13th, 2013 at 9:13 am

      It makes it rich and creamy!!! Let me know what you think if you try it!

  8. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies posted on August 13, 2013 at 10:29 am (#)

    Wait, you can freeze lasagna? I’ve never had a batch make it past the dinner table! My recipe could use some updating, though, I think I will try your version!

  9. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on August 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm (#)

    my 3 kids will love this!

  10. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on August 14, 2013 at 9:34 am (#)

    Cream cheese in lasagna? I MUST try this!!

  11. Shelly (Cookies and Cups) posted on August 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm (#)

    This needs to happen in my kitchen ASAP!

  12. nest of posies posted on August 22, 2013 at 10:30 am (#)

    i’ve never made lasagna, can you believe that??? i always thought it was too labor intensive. so i will be giving this a try!!!

  13. Rose posted on November 13, 2014 at 8:22 am (#)

    Hi! I made this (3 pans actually LOL a friend had a baby and another had a house fire…) earlier this week. Just wanted to say it took me more like 45/50 mins (I was only baking one pan, not all 3). In case you are a mom on a countdown to bedtime, you might want to pop it in the oven a little earlier than you planned to give yourself extra cook time :-)

    • TidyMom replied on November 13th, 2014 at 8:24 am

      so odd, I’ve been making this for 35 years now, and 30 minutes has always worked for me. Thanks for the input! 😉

  14. Kristin posted on December 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm (#)

    This sounds so good! Just one question, is it.3 cups each of mozzarella and provolone or 3 cups combined?

    • TidyMom replied on December 26th, 2014 at 7:52 am

      it’s 2-3 cups of cheese – I used Sargento mozzarella & provolone


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