If you enjoyed our baked ziti recipe, then you’ll love our lasagna. It uses the same ingredients to create another easy, nutritious, and family-friendly comfort meal. Since we’re not fans of ricotta, a simple white sauce enhances the flavor of the dish without making it too creamy.

STEP ONE – Preparations

  1. Lightly spray an 11×7-inch rectangular baking dish with canola spray.
  2. Get out a large pot, a medium pot, a small pot, a glass measuring cup, and a medium saucepan.
  3. Put a large colander in the sink.

STEP TWO – Cook the Pasta

  1. Fill the large pot ¾ full of water, add a few shakes of salt, and bring to a boil. Add a full box (12-16 ounces) of lasagna and cook one less minute than directed.
  2. Drain, rinse briefly under cold water, and leave the lasagna noodles to cool in the sink.

STEP THREE – Make the Marinara Sauce


1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup of minced onion
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 28-ounce can of tomatoes or 8-10 fresh tomatoes cut in very small pieces with the seeds removed
Salt and pepper
Red pepper flakes
2-3 leaves of fresh basil


  1. Heat the oil in the medium pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes and spices and cook for 20 minutes until they’ve reduced to a nice and hearty sauce.
  5. Allow the sauce to cool for a bit and then puree it in a blender or a food processor (or leave it chunky if that’s your preference).

STEP FOUR – Make the White Sauce


2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
1 cup of milk


  1. Warm up the milk in a glass container in the microwave for 60 seconds and set aside.
  2. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and melt the butter.
  3. When the butter is bubbling, whisk in the flour until it’s well incorporated.
  4. Slowly whisk in the warm milk, stirring continually until it becomes a smooth and thickened sauce.
  5. Sprinkle in a little nutmeg and salt.

STEP FIVE – Assemble and Bake


1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and move an oven rack to the center.
  2. Spread ½ a cup of the marinara sauce on the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Layer half of the lasagna noodles on top in an overlapping pattern.
  4. Spread half of the white sauce on top of the noodles.
  5. Spread some more of the marinara sauce on top.
  6. Sprinkle with 1 cup of parmesan cheese.
  7. Layer the other half of the lasagna noodles.
  8. Spread the other half of the white sauce.
  9. Spread the rest of the marinara sauce.
  10. Sprinkle with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  11. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  12. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes or so until the lasagna is lightly browned.
  13. Serve and enjoy!

Recommended serving size: 1 piece (⅙ of recipe)

Exchanges: 2 starches, 2 fat, 2 protein

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