Lazy-Day Overnight Lasagna

No boiling required in this easy make-ahead recipe. Just let the uncooked noodles absorb the liquid in the fridge overnight, then pop in the oven!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 13 hr 35 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

1
lb mild bulk Italian pork sausage or ground beef
1
jar (26 to 28 oz) tomato pasta sauce
1
cup water
1
container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
2
tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1
egg
8
oz uncooked lasagna noodles
1
package (16 oz) sliced mozzarella cheese
2
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink. Drain well. Stir in pasta sauce and water. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes.
  • 2 In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, chives, oregano and egg.
  • 3 In ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish or lasagna pan, spread 1 1/2 cups of the meat sauce. Top with half each of the uncooked noodles, ricotta cheese mixture and mozzarella cheese. Repeat with 1 1/2 cups meat sauce and remaining noodles, ricotta cheese mixture and mozzarella cheese. Top with remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover; refrigerate 12 hours or overnight.
  • 4 Heat oven to 350°F. Uncover baking dish; bake 50 to 60 minutes or until noodles are tender and casserole is bubbly. Cover; let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips

Clever Cook: Just about everyone loves lasagna, but few would argue that its prep—boiling, draining and handling the hot slippery noodle—is a walk in the park. The beauty of this lasagna is that it lets you skip all those steps. When you assemble the dish a day ahead, the uncooked noodles have time to absorb the liquid and become tender. Voilà! Tasty lasagna without the hassle.

Instead of Italian sausage, try making this lasagna with ground beef instead.

For added flavor, use provolone cheese instead of the mozzarella.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
(
Calories from Fat
170),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
19%
(Saturated Fat
9g,
9%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
65mg
65%;
Sodium
700mg
700%;
Total Carbohydrate
31g
31%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
22g
22%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
40%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.