Just-Like Carrabba’s Lasagna Recipe

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Andrea Published: August 29, 2020 Modified: November 27, 2020

Craving for a tasty lasagna but not in the mood to go out? Luckily, you don’t need to go out to be able to satisfy your lasagna cravings. With this recipe, you can learn how to recreate the well-loved Carrabba’s lasagna with ease. This delicious lasagna recipe is an absolute dream for pasta lovers.

Additionally, it’s something cheese aficionados will have delight in. Moreover, with layers of different cheeses and tasty pasta sauce, Carrabba’s recipe is a must to try in the kitchen! Without a doubt, you can’t go wrong with some good lasagna. Plus, it will be great to have some in stock when you’re scheduling your meals for the week.

This recipe is simple, but it does take a certain amount of patience to make it, for layering the lasagna sheets and cheese mixtures will most definitely require some time. Serve this lasagna recipe when friends are coming over or if you just want some alone time to meditate while prepping your food. If you want more lasagna, check out our Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Lasagna.

How To Make Just-Like Carrabba’s Lasagna

Recreate this well-loved Carrabba's lasagna in the comfort of your own home.

  • 6 lasagna sheets (roughly 12 oz)
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • ¾ lb mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese grated (or powdered)

For Meat Sauce:

  • ½ cup yellow onion (minced )
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 lb Italian sausage of your choice (preferably sweet, removed from its casing)
  • ¾ lb ground beef
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 12 oz tomato paste
  • 13 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ cups beef stock
  • ¾ cup red wine
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

To serve:

  • 4 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped )

Meat Sauce:

  1. In a large skillet, saute the onion and garlic over medium heat until translucent.

  2. Add the sausage, ground beef, basil, and Italian seasoning. Continue sauteing until caramelized.

  3. Add the tomato paste and roast briefly.

  4. Deglaze with red wine and reduce briefly.

  5. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beef stock.

  6. Simmer the meat sauce for about an hour and a half, or until the sauce has reduced to half and flavors intensify.

  7. Season the meat sauce with pepper. Adjust accordingly. Set aside.

Lasagna:

  1. Meanwhile, cook the pasta sheets according to package directions and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together Ricotta, egg, and salt, until evenly incorporated.

  3. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

  4. Spread up to 1 ½ cups of meat sauce into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.

  5. Layer half of the cooked lasagna sheets on top and spread with half of the cheese mixture.

  6. Cover with ⅓ of the shredded mozzarella.

  7. Repeat layers until ingredients are gone.

  8. Top with Parmesan and cover with foil.

  9. Bake for 25 minutes, remove the foil and continue baking for another 25 minutes.

  10. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving, and top with parsley. Enjoy!

In case you decide to bake your lasagna and save it to serve for later, you can store it in the refrigerator for no longer than 3 days. If you need to store it any longer than that, keep it in the freezer instead and simply reheat it when it’s time to serve.

You might even find that your lasagna will taste even better the next day. That’s because reheating it helps concentrate the flavors more!

How To Make Just-Like Carrabba's Lasagna

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Recreate this well-loved Carrabba's lasagna in the comfort of your own home.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 2 hrs 40 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

  • 6 lasagna sheets, roughly 12 oz
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¾ lb mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese grated, or powdered

For Meat Sauce:

  • ½ cup yellow onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 lb Italian sausage of your choice, preferably sweet, removed from its casing
  • ¾ lb ground beef
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 12 oz tomato paste
  • 13 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ cups beef stock
  • ¾ cup red wine
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

To serve:

  • 4 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

Meat Sauce:

  1. In a large skillet, saute the onion and garlic over medium heat until translucent.

  2. Add the sausage, ground beef, basil, and Italian seasoning. Continue sauteing until caramelized.

  3. Add the tomato paste and roast briefly.

  4. Deglaze with red wine and reduce briefly.

  5. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beef stock.

  6. Simmer the meat sauce for about an hour and a half, or until the sauce has reduced to half and flavors intensify.

  7. Season the meat sauce with pepper. Adjust accordingly. Set aside.

Lasagna:

  1. Meanwhile, cook the pasta sheets according to package directions and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together Ricotta, egg, and salt, until evenly incorporated.

  3. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

  4. Spread up to 1 ½ cups of meat sauce into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  5. Layer half of the cooked lasagna sheets on top and spread with half of the cheese mixture.

  6. Cover with ⅓ of the shredded mozzarella.

  7. Repeat layers until ingredients are gone.

  8. Top with Parmesan and cover with foil.

  9. Bake for 25 minutes, remove the foil and continue baking for another 25 minutes.

  10. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving, and top with parsley. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

In case you decide to bake your lasagna and save it to serve for later, you can store it in the refrigerator for no longer than 3 days. If you need to store it any longer than that, keep it in the freezer instead and simply reheat it when it's time to serve.

You might even find that your lasagna will taste even better the next day. That's because reheating it helps concentrate the flavors more!

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Commonly Asked Questions

What can I use instead of ricotta cheese in lasagna?

If you don’t have any ricotta cheese at home, you can use cottage cheese as an alternative. Cottage cheese is considered by many to be the best substitute for ricotta due to how similar the two taste. Goat cheese is also another alternative you can consider. However, make sure to go for fresh goat cheese, as aged goat cheese can have a much stronger flavor. Cream cheese can also be used as a last resort. But, for a lasagna dish specifically, it will be best to go for cottage or goat cheese instead, in case you’re all out of ricotta. Regardless, make do with what you have!

What kind of cheese makes the best lasagna?

Mozzarella cheese continues to be favored when it comes to lasagna and many other pasta dishes. This recipe uses mozzarella, ricotta, and Parmesan cheese. However, what you use will ultimately depend on your own personal taste and preferences. You can use this recipe as a guide to recreate Carrabba’s lasagna, but feel free to make adjustments where you see fit! A little experimentation could lead to a discovery of even better takes on this dish, after all.

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Conclusion

This dish is great to prepare for any occasion. Serve it fresh out the oven, or save it to enjoy later in the week! No matter how you choose to feast on your Carrabba's lasagna recreation, this recipe will be great to have in your recipe book for when you want to whip up a dish that everyone will enjoy.

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