Ina Garten Lasagna Recipe

Sarah Grossett | The Gold Lining Girl

Ina Garten Lasagna is a lasagna that's sure to please even the full blooded Italians in your life. So good!

I live with an Italian. And he is 100% Italian. You could say that he is particular about Italian food, and to say that would be a gross understatement, in fact.

Anytime we are at an Italian restaurant, he has to order meatballs. He might order something else too, but he has to try the meatballs – they are the barometer by which he judges the restaurant entirely.

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If they can’t get meatballs right, then he writes them off as really knowing how to make Italian food. I suppose there is a little something to that theory.

When it comes to lasagna, he’s just as persnickety. He wants it to be very authentic.

It needs to have ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses, and no others.

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I’m 0% Italian, so I’m a little more flexible when it comes to lasagna. My mother’s recipe is my absolute favorite, and strangely, it calls for cottage cheese in the ingredient list.

It’s fabulous. The cottage cheese makes the lasagna so creamy!

I’ve also heard wonderful things about Ina Garten’s lasagna recipe. When I was reviewing the ingredient list, what really stood out to me was the inclusion of goat cheese.

I looooove that stuff, and how amazing does it sound to add it to lasagna?? Definitely not traditional, but sounds delightful nevertheless!

I wanted to try Ina Garten’s lasagna recipe, but I couldn’t stop myself from making a few revisions. I skipped green pepper because it’s not my favorite veggie in the world, but you could certainly include it.

I also tweaked the different kinds of cheese that went into this lasagna. Most notably, I added cottage cheese the way my mother does.

I just can’t not have it in my lasagna! I kept the goat cheese on the list, of course. It also added so much creaminess to the dish, and a little tang too.

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This lasagna was amazing. It’s one of the best lasagnas I’ve ever had.

There are so many ways you can customize lasagna to one’s preferences, or just to experience lasagna with different flavor, and this is one of my favorite versions to date. It even passed the test of my fussy Italian significant other!

It’s a monster-sized lasagna and could definitely feed a crowd. And it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser that won’t disappoint!

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Ina Garten Lasagna Recipe

      12 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 small Yellow Onion, Diced
  • 1 pound Lean Ground Beef
  • 3 14 ounce jars Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 15 ounce container Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 12 ounce container Small Curd Cottage Cheese
  • 1 8 ounce container Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 ounces Goat Cheese
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, Divided
  • 2 Eggs, Lightly beaten
  • 1 16 ounce box Lasagna Noodles


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, saute the onion in the olive oil.
  2. When the onions start to soften and become translucent, add the beef.
  3. Brown the beef, and drain the mixture.
  4. Add the spaghetti sauce to the beef mixture, and bring to a simmer.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, goat cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, and eggs.
  6. Layer the sauce, noodles, and cheese mixture in a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking dish, starting and ending with the sauce.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese on top.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 55-60 minutes, or until the lasagna is bubbling.
  9. Cool for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy!


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Author: Sarah Grossett
Recipe Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 100 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 208
Calories 590

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g
  Saturated Fat 13g
Sodium 1243mg
Total Carbohydrate 46g
  Dietary Fiber 6g
  Sugars 11g
Protein 36g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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