This is the easiest lasagna recipe you’ll ever make — Mama A’s melty delicious Italian ham and mozzarella lasagna is filled with layers of fresh egg lasagna, delicate slices of prosciutto cotto (Italian cooked ham), generous helpings of shredded mozzarella, grated Grana Padano cheese, and a quick homemade tomato sauce — this is everything we love about simple Italian cooking. As always, step-by-step recipe photos follow.
For the Simple Italian Tomato Sauce
- 24 ounces high-quality Italian tomato passata (700g) (sub finely chopped tomatoes)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, or more to taste (30g)
- 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
- 3 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1/2 medium carrot, finely diced
- salt to taste
For the Rest of the Lasagna
- 1 pound egg pasta lasagna sheets, fresh or dried (500g)
- 7 ounces prosciutto cotto, sliced paper thin (200g) (sub cooked country ham)
- 3 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (400g)
- 1 cup grated DOP Grana Padano cheese (sub Parmigiano-Reggiano or Parmesan)
- Make the pasta sauce. To a medium-sized pot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, smashed garlic cloves, carrots, onions, and a little salt, and cook over medium-high heat stirring occasionally until onions are tender and translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the tomato passata and season with salt to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid, and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the sauce has slightly reduced and thickened. Adjust the seasoning adding more salt if needed.
- Assemble the lasagna. Add a ladle full (about 1/4 cup) of tomato sauce to a 9×13-inch oven-proof baking dish and spread it out evenly. Top the sauce with slightly overlapping sheets of lasagna. Add a little more sauce, spread it out, and sprinkle the top with Grana Padano and mozzarella cheese and top with a layer of prosciutto cotto (or cooked ham). Add another layer of lasagna noodles, a little more tomato sauce, Grana Padano cheese and mozzarella, and a layer of lasagna sheets. Continue repeating these alternating layers ending with the last layer of lasagna noodles, tomato sauce, Grana Padano, and mozzarella cheese.
- Bake the lasagna. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake the lasagna in a preheated 350°F/180°C oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until bubbling and the cheese has melted. Remove the foil and continue baking for about 8 to 10 minutes longer. During the last 5 minutes or so of baking time, you may turn the broiler function on to slightly crisp up the cheese until golden brown. Allow the lasagna to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving and Enjoy!
How to Store Homemade Lasagna & Meal Prep it For Easy No-Fuss Dinners
If you don’t have a large family, you may need to store a few pieces of leftover lasagna. Or you may be a large family looking to meal prep this lasagna for easy weeknight dinners. Below are the best ways to store leftover lasagna and also meal prep directions.
- Refrigerate Leftover Lasagna. Cover leftover lasagna and store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat as desired (see below for how to reheat lasagna).
- Freeze Leftover Lasagna. Portion leftover slices of lasagna, wrap them with parchment paper (or freezer paper), and place them into a freezer bag or other airtight container. Freeze them for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat the lasagna, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating (see below for how to reheat lasagna).
- MealPrep Unbaked Lasagna. Assemble the lasagna, and place a piece of parchment paper (or freezer paper) directly in contact with the top layer covering the entire surface of the lasagna (this helps keep ice crystals from forming). Wrap the lasagna well in sustainable cling film and freeze it for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat the lasagna, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating (see below for how to reheat lasagna).
- MealPrep Baked Lasagna. Bake the lasagna as instructed and allow it to completely cool to room temperature. Place a piece of parchment paper (or freezer paper) directly in contact with the top layer covering the entire surface of the lasagna (this helps keep ice crystals from forming). Wrap the lasagna well in sustainable cling film or aluminum foil and freeze it for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat the lasagna, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating (see below for how to reheat lasagna).
The Easiest & Best Way To Reheat Leftover Lasagna So It Tastes Just-Baked
Here are the best ways to reheat leftover lasagna so it tastes like it was just baked and never dries out. Of course, you may also reheat lasagna in a microwave for up to 1 minute until piping hot.
- To reheat lasagna on the stovetop. Add a little olive oil to a well-seasoned cast iron skillet (or non-stick skillet) set over medium heat and add lasagna slices. Cover them with a lid or aluminum foil, and cook until the lasagna is melty and warmed through. Contrary to what I’ve read online, reheating lasagna on the stovetop has never (ever) dried out the lasagna. In fact, I prefer this method because it’s not only quicker than preheating the oven and then re-baking the lasagna for 30 minutes, it’s always melty and delicious with little bits of cheese that crisps up on the sides around the bottom which tastes great (see below photos of reheated lasagna in a crêpe pan).
- To reheat lasagna in the oven. You can choose three different temperatures to reheat leftover lasagna in the oven. First, add desired slices to an oven-proof baking dish and cover with aluminum foil bake at any of the below times and temperatures depending on how quickly you want to eat (FYI, I usually reheat at 375°F/190°C for 25 minutes):
- Bake lasagna covered with foil in a preheated 325°F/160°C for 40 minutes, or until warmed completely through.
- Bake lasagna covered with foil in a preheated 350°F/180°C for 30 minutes, or until warmed completely through.
- Bake lasagna covered with foil in a preheated 375°F/190°C for 25 minutes, or until warmed completely through. Pro tip — Add a little extra tomato sauce to the bottom of the baking dish before adding the lasagna slices, then sprinkle the tops with a little extra mozzarella or parm before reheating.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Italian
- Serving Size: 1 piece
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