Red and White Sauce Lasagna

Red and White Sauce Lasagna

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
633 Calories
39g Fat
36g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 633
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 2079mg 90%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 22mg 111%
Calcium 479mg 37%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 1447mg 31%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Filling and easy to make, lasagnas are great one-dish meals that check all the boxes, as they can be filled with all sorts of veggies, sauces, and proteins, and can be adjusted to many special dietary needs. Our red and white sauce lasagna is a flavorful combination of a basic white sauce, rather than ricotta cheese, and a tomato-based sauce with beef and pork that's flavored with spices and mushrooms. Covered in cheese and baked until golden, this is a great weeknight meal served with a simple salad and crusty bread.

We use oven-ready (also called no-boil) lasagna noodles to speed up the cooking time. Simply assemble the lasagna with the uncooked noodles, seal it tight with foil, and bake. As the sauce simmers, the noodles cook all on their own thanks in part to the moisture in the sauces. The key is to keep the lasagna covered in the oven until the noodles are soft. Removing the foil allows the upper layer of the lasagna to achieve an appetizing golden color. The oven-ready noodles are also available in a gluten-free version if someone in your household has special dietary needs.

Although a few steps are required to complete this dish, the recipe is fairly simple and can be a great first lasagna for novice cooks.

Ingredients

For the White Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

For the Red Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 pound ground beef

  • 1/2 pound ground pork

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 6 to 8 white mushrooms, sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 (28-ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Black pepper, to taste

For Assembling:

  • 1 package oven-ready lasagna noodles

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

Make the White Sauce

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.

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  3. Warm up the milk in a small saucepan, but don't let it boil.

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  4. Add the flour to the melted butter and stir to form a roux. Cook for about two minutes.

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  5. Slowly whisk in the warm milk, stirring well to get rid of any flour lumps. Season with kosher salt.

    add milk the roux in the saucepan to form a white sauce

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  6. Turn off the heat and reserve, covered.

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Make the Red Sauce

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. In a large skillet or heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat up the olive oil and add the ground beef and pork.

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  3. Cook until all the meat is well browned, approximately 8 minutes.

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  4. Drain excess fat from the meat, reserving 2 tablespoons in the skillet, and remove the meat mixture from the pan. Cover and set aside.

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  5. Add the onion to the skillet with the reserved fat and sauté until translucent, for about 6 to 7 minutes.

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  6. Add the mushrooms and garlic to the skillet and cook until the mushrooms are soft, or 5 minutes.

    cook onions, mushrooms and garlic in the pot

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  7. Return the meat to the pan and stir well.

    add the cooked ground meat to the mushroom mixture in the pot

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  8. Add the tomato sauce and dried herbs to the meat, garlic, and onions. Stir well.

    Add tomato sauce and dried herbs to the meat, garlic, and onions in the pot

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  9. Bring the meat sauce to a simmer and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the red sauce from heat and season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper.

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Assemble the Lasagna

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F. In a 3-quart ovenproof baking dish, ladle enough of the red meat sauce to cover the bottom of the baking dish.

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  3. Arrange a layer of pasta atop the red meat sauce and then another layer of red sauce.

    red sauce on top of a layer of pasta

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  4. Drizzle roughly 1/3 of the white sauce evenly atop the red sauce. 

    white sauce on top of red sauce in a baking dish

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  5. Repeat the previous step twice by layering layers of pasta, red sauce, and white sauce.

    white sauce on top of red sauce and pasta

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  6. Spread the shredded mozzarella on top of the final white sauce layer.

    shredded mozzarella on top of the final white sauce layer

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  7. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan on top of the mozzarella.

    grated Parmesan on top of the mozzarella

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  8. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes.

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  9. After 40 minutes, remove foil and bake for about 10 more minutes, or until the cheese on top has browned slightly. Remove lasagna from oven and let rest for 10 minutes.

    Red and White Sauce Lasagna in a baking dish

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  10. Serve and enjoy!

    Red and White Sauce Lasagna cut into slices, in a baking dish

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