best lasagna recipe with meat sauce

Simply saying that something is “the best” is a pretty BOLD statement. I’m also going to repeat myself when I say this is the best lasagna recipe with meat sauce you will ever need or have to make.

Now some of you are going to disagree with the ingredients in this recipe and that’s fine by me because I’m only here to make it a better lasagna for your tasting experience. Trust me your taste buds will love this.

First off every tomato sauce needs a little extra wine in it. Why? It just does. No really the flavor profile just increases with every single drop of wine. For this recipe I chose Barefoot’s Pinot Noir. After letting the wine, tomatoes and meat simmer, I can officially say I nailed the meat sauce.

lasagna recipe

Next up are the cheeses for this lasagna dish. Yes, I added cottage cheese. As a kid I loathed this stuff but now I love and I mean love making lasagna with it. If it’s still not your thing just omit it and the recipe will still be fine. The other cheeses were ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan. It’s like a quadruple love affair with cheese.

best lasagna recipe with meat sauce

As it was cooking in the oven I so badly wanted to share how it smelt in my house. There were 10 minutes still to go and I SO badly wanted to dive right in with my fork. Luckily I didn’t hate to wait too long before this lasagna was all mine. OK maybe I did share with the rest of my family.

Whatever wine you have left over from this recipe I highly suggest you pair it with this lasagna for dinner.

ENJOY ~ Meagan

best lasagna recipe with meat sauce

The best lasagna recipe with meat sauce


·      28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
·      15 ounce can tomato sauce
·      ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
·      ½ teaspoon minced garlic
·      ¼ cup Barefoot Pinot Noir
·      1 pound lean ground beef
·      ¼ teaspoon plus extra pinch salt
·      9 lasagna noodles
·      1 ½ cups cottage cheese
·      1 cup ricotta cheese
·      2 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
·      ¼ cup parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large saucepan add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, italian seasoning, garlic and wine.  Cook on low/medium heat for 15 minutes.

In another medium skillet cook meat until brown and then add to sauce.  Sprinkle in the salt and allow sauce to simmer until needed.

While sauce is heating cook noodles according to the packages instructions.

In a 9 by 13 inch baking dish layer the lasagna as follows:  2 cups sauce, 3 noodles side by side, 1 cup cottage cheese, ½ cup ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 2 cups sauce, 3 noodles, ½ cup cottage cheese, ½ cup ricotta, 3 noodles, rest of the sauce, 1 ½ cup mozzarella and ¼ cup parmesan cheese.

Cover the lasagna and bake in the oven for 35 minutes.  Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes. 

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17 comments on “The best lasagna recipe with meat sauce”

  1. Looks amazing! Love lasagna. Total comfort food.

  2. You have no idea how badly I want to eat that whole pan right now!! Bring on the meat sauce!

  3. I can’t even tell you how long it has been since I had a homemade lasagna like this! Looks wonderful!

  4. That is one good-looking lasagna. I am now craving this for lunch…and dinner…and leftovers for breakfast.

  5. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could share cooking smells with each other?! Lasagna is one of the best smells when it’s baking and I can only imagine how wonderful this one smelled!

  6. Your lasagna looks great! I don’t often say or even think that when I see others’ lasagna because my mother was born in Italy and I’m spoiled! Good job! Of course, one cannot have lasagna without a good glass of red wine! I’m ready!

  7. I was just thinking about lasagna! I plan on making it for my in-laws when they come to town in the next couple of weeks 🙂

  8. I am a big fan of lasagna, but I don’t make it nearly enough. This looks so comforting and incredible!

  9. I love Lasagna! This is calling my name!

  10. I love a good meat lasagna….this looks phenom!

  11. My mom always added cottage cheese to her lasagna, and I LOVED it! I haven’t done it in years, and I’m thinking it needs to be brought back! Looks to die for!

  12. My husband and I were just talking about making lasagna! We will be making your lasagna recipe this weekend, I can’t wait! 🙂

  13. I actually just cooked a chili with wine in it and it was ah-mazing! I can only imagine how tasty this lasagna must be. Extra helpings (and wine ;)) for me, please!

  14. I keep seeing this cottage cheese thing everywhere in lasagnas!! I must try it!!

  15. Looks SO good! Lasagna is my favorite! I just started picking up some Barefoot wines and I really like them! Love that you added them to the sauce. Perfect!

  16. lol! I work for Barefoot (I do wine tastings) so this is making me giggle a little 😛

    and also it makes me want to put some Pinot Noir in some tomato sauce and make this EPIC LASAGNA! I wanttttt it!

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