Hearty Four-Layer Meat Lasagna Recipe

Enjoy some Italian cuisine with this four-layer meat lasagna recipe. It’s filled with a mix of meat, cheese and pasta so you get a bit of everything in each serving. It tastes delicious even as leftovers the next day.

Hearty Four-Layer Meat Lasagna Recipe

How To Make Hearty Four-Layer Meat Lasagna

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 3 hrs


Meat sauce

  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 3/4 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can tomatoes, crushed
  • 2 cans tomato paste
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 ½ tsp. dried basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped

Cheese sauce

  • 16 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped

For lasagna

  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 3/4 lb. mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated


Making the meat sauce

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until browned.
  2. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and water.
  3. Season with basil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and parsley.

  4. Simmer for about 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.

Making the cheese sauce

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the required ingredients.

  2. Mix well to break up the ricotta cheese.

Assembling the lasagna

  1. Follow the cooking instructions for the lasagna noodles.

  2. Drain noodles once cooked and rinse with cold water.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Spread 1.5 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.

  5. Arrange 3 noodles over the meat sauce.

  6. Spread with half of the ricotta cheese mixture, followed by 1/3 mozzarella, another 1.5 cups meat sauce and 1/4 cup parmesan.

  7. Arrange another 3 noodles over this layer.

  8. Repeat layers and top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

  9. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

  10. Uncover and bake for an additional 25 minutes.

  11. Cool slightly and serve warm.


  • Sugar: 11g
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  • Calcium: 377mg
  • Calories: 559kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Cholesterol: 110mg
  • Fat: 32g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Potassium: 1130mg
  • Protein: 31g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 2031mg
  • Vitamin A: 1857IU
  • Vitamin C: 25mg
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