My father-in-law absolutely loved my lasagna. He’s been gone for a few years now, but I always think of him when I make it for dinner. I wish that I could take credit for putting this Italian Lasagna recipe together, but I can’t. Many years ago I had followed the recipe on the back of the Creamette lasagna box and was sold. However, each time I wanted to make it, I just looked on the back of the box, always throwing the one away before it.
Creamette Back of the Box Italian Lasagna
One day I was in the grocery store picking up the noodles. I looked on the back of the box and it had a recipe for “Vegetable Lasagna” on the back. Oh no! I checked every box on the grocery store shelf, but alas, no Italian Lasagna recipe. ACK!
So I hoped and prayed that I still had a box in the cabinet. I was lucky, there was still half a box of noodles on my shelf at home, so I immediately cut the recipe off the box and taped it to a piece of paper. It’s tattered and sauce splattered, but it’s tried and true and holds a special place in my recipe binder.
That story is from 2008 when I first published this recipe. Since then I’ve made it over and over, this time using the printer friendly version of the recipe at the end of this post.
Many people have come to this blog post and commented that they too lost this Creamette lasagna recipe, so I’m happy to share it here with you.
No-Boil, Oven-Ready Noodles or Regular Lasagna Noodles?
Over the years I have tried different types of noodles. Creamette and other brands have come out with oven-ready noodles, also known as no-boil noodles. People still wonder if they can or should boil them. There’s no need to boil oven ready noodles. You can just layer them right into the recipe. However, I like to soak them first, just to soften them up and make them pliable so they are easier to handle and work with.
This noodle soaking trick works for regular lasagna noodles too. Hence no more boiling at all if you don’t feel like it! Simply fill a pan with hot tap water. Place the noodles into the water about ten minutes before you assemble your casserole. Remember, this can be done with both types of noodles. Just don’t soak them too long, especially if there are a lot in the pan. They can stick together and be difficult to separate.
More notes to consider
If you are using regular lasagna noodles, use half of a box. If you are using oven-ready, use the whole box. This is based off of using Creamette and the shape of their noodles. The oven-ready noodles are shorter and wider, therefore I layer them in the pan differently than I do the regular noodles. Watch the video above and you’ll see me making the this recipe with the oven-ready noodles. The regular lasagna noodles are long and narrow and fit the full length of a 13×9 baking dish. You basically need about 12 noodles to make lasagna. A regular box of noodles will have about twice that many, while a box of no-boil noodles will have 12-14.
Recipe change from box
My family prefers I leave the olives out of my lasagna, so I’ve never included them. The recipe from the back of the box is below PLUS 1 cup sliced pitted ripe olives. If you decide to use them, just layer them in with all the other ingredients.
Ingredients you will need for this lasagna:
- 1/2 of a (1-pound) package lasagna noodles, uncooked OR 1 whole box Oven-Ready lasagna noodles
- 1 lb bulk Italian sausage
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (28 oz) can tomatoes, cut up (undrained)
- 2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
- 1/2 teaspoons fennel seed
- 1/4 teaspoons pepper
- 1 (15 oz) container ricotta cheese
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 tablespoon parsley flakes (or 2 teaspoons fresh minced parsley)
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 4 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Useful kitchen tools:
We’ve been loving this recipe for two decades, I hope you love it too!
More Casserole Recipes
I have a lot (really!) more casserole recipes if you like baking dinner in one dish. If pasta is your fancy, I have lots of those too! As far as lasagna goes, you might like these lasagna roll ups and this pizza lasagna. And for dessert? Well, chocolate lasagna of course!
This recipe was originally published on September 28, 2008