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A dish of gluten-free beef lasagna.

Gluten-Free Lasagna

This gluten-free lasagna is a delicious and filling dinner classic packed with Italian flavors, herbs, and three types of cheeses. With just 20 minutes of prep, this beef lasagna will leave you happy, full, and excited for leftovers.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 460kcal
Author: Megan

Ingredients

For the meat sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef ((454g))
  • 1/2 large yellow onion (diced (1 cup diced / 25g))
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced (14g))
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 32 oz marinara sauce (homemade or store-bought)

For the lasagna:

  • 32 oz Ricotta Cheese (907g)
  • 1 egg (50g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese (divided (171g))
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese (shredded, divided (228g))
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped (15g))
  • 10-13 oz 1 box gluten-free lasagna noodles, I used Barilla Gluten-Free Oven-Ready Lasagne Noodles

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (or 190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan with olive oil or cooking spray and set aside. Set a deep skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat on the stove top and add olive oil, ground beef, and diced yellow onion.
  • Sauté, breaking up the beef with a spatula or spoon, for 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink.
  • Add the minced garlic, salt, and pepper and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring often to make sure the garlic does not burn.
  • Add the marinara sauce and stir to combine. Let cook for an additional 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, egg, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, and fresh chopped parsley. Reserve the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese for later. Stir the ricotta mixture until well combined.
  • To assemble the lasagna, place 1 cup of meat sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking pan and spread with a spoon or spatula until the entire pan is covered.
  • Place ⅓ of the gluten-free lasagne noodles in a layer on top of the sauce. Depending on the size and shape of your lasagne noodles, you will be able to fit 4-5 noodles in a layer. Break up lasagne noodles as needed to cover the entire pan. With Barilla Gluten-Free Lasagne Noodles, I was able to fit four noodles next to each other and then broke up a fifth noodle to fill the entire space.
  • Add approximately 1/2 of the ricotta cheese mixture to the top of the noodles, and gently spread across the noodles so that it is evenly distributed.
  • Top the cheese with 1 cup of sauce, then lasagne noodles, then ricotta cheese again, all evenly distributed. Repeat one more time, finishing with a final layer of sauce. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese evenly over the sauce. To recap, the order from bottom to top goes 1 cup sauce, ⅓ of the noodles, ½ the ricotta, 1 cup sauce, ⅓ of the noodles, ½ of the ricotta, 1 cup sauce, ⅓ of the noodles, remaining sauce, 1 cup of mozzarella (see diagram above in post).
  • Spray a piece of aluminum foil on one side and cover the baking dish with foil, sprayed side down. Bake at 375F (190C) for 45 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted.
  • Remove lasagna from the oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving. Top with additional fresh parsley, if you desire.

Notes

  • As always, check the labels of all of your ingredients to ensure that they are gluten-free!
  • I used a block of mozzarella and shredded it myself so that the mozzarella would melt really easily. Pre-shredded mozzarella cheese is coated with starch which makes it difficult to melt.
  • I used beef in this recipe, you can also use ground pork, Italian sausage, or a combination if you prefer.
  • To make this recipe vegetarian, omit the ground beef. You can also add mushrooms if you prefer, instead. Just give them a quick sauté with the onions. You do not need to cook them for the full 8 minutes like you do ground beef. Just cook until the onions are translucent.
  • If you are egg-free, you can omit the egg. Your ricotta mixture won’t be as creamy and may fall apart a little bit more easily, but the flavor will still be there.
  • Be sure to spray the aluminum foil with cooking spray (check for gluten-free) so that it does not stick to the melted cheese on top of the lasagna.
  • To make ahead, prepare the lasagna through the steps just before baking. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and place it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Bake when you are ready.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1090mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1024IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 413mg | Iron: 2mg
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