Richard’s Classic Homemade Beef Lasagna

Homemade lasagna fresh out of the oven

This is one of my all-time favourite recipes. A perfect homemade beef lasagna.
It’s simple, easy to make, and most importantly tastes AMAZING!

A slice of my homemade beef lasagna

This recipe was always a family favourite growing up. And after moving out, I started making this lasagna on my own. It was one of the very first things I ever cooked for Laura, and also what we cooked together when we hosted our first dinner party. It is always a crowd pleaser! How can you go wrong with delicious tender pasta, seasoned beef, rich and creamy ricotta, and melted stringy mozzarella! Mmm cheese.

Over the years I have made a few revisions to my mother’s classic recipe to make sure it is full of amazing flavour!

So here’s my classic homemade beef lasagna recipe. Eat, enjoy and please leave a comment below!

Richard's Classic Homemade Beef Lasagna
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Course: Dinner
Servings: 8
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1.5 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 200 grams lasagna noodles oven-ready
  • 1 cup mozzarella grated
  • 16 slices mozzarella
  • 3 tbsp parmesan grated
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
  2. In large pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, cook for additional minute until fragrant.
  4. Add ground beef, spice with salt, black pepper, cumin, smoked paprika and chipotle chili powder. Cook until browned and drain any excess fat.
  5. Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, water and remaining spices (oregano, basil, red pepper flakes). Simmer 10 minutes.
  6. In mixing bowl, blend ricotta and eggs until smooth.
  7. In 13x9 baking dish spread thin layer of the meat sauce.
  8. Layer in order: half of noodles, ricotta mixture, grated mozzarella, half of remaining meat sauce and remaining noodles.
  9. Top with remaining meat sauce, sliced mozzarella and parmesan.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes.
  11. Let stand for 5 minutes and serve.


If you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and share a picture using #thesliceabove on Instagram. I always love seeing what you cook!

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