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Easy Beef and Mushroom Lasagna

What is lasagna?

Lasagna is an Italian term that refers to flat pasta that is arranged in layers alternatively with other ingredients such as meat and/or vegetables cooked in sauce and topped with cheese. Beef and mushroom lasagna is one easy version that calls for just two main ingredients.

Most would say that the words “easy” and “lasagna” do not sound like they are meant for each other. I can’t blame them. Looking at layers of pasta sheets with all the rest of the ingredients in between, easy lasagna is not something one would think of.

Is Beef and Mushroom Lasagna Easy?

When I was young, I thought this dish was complicated. The intriguing cheesy aroma and oily serving of this pasta recipe, for me, was an incredible work of art. Diving in, I felt its difference from its baked macaroni counterpart. It took me a couple of years to try cooking what I now call my version of easy lasagna. Complicated as it may seem, it is not how you would find it here – this is a classic lasagna version.

First, it calls for only two items aside from the pasta sheets; beef and mushroom, that is. This frugal call for ingredients does make this version easy. I have another lasagna recipe that has ground beef and vegetables and a whole entourage of fresh ingredients and herbs, but I would still consider that easy because the process is the same. After this beef and mushroom lasagna, you will find cooking lasagna, no matter how many ingredients it asks for, easy.

Ingredients for beef and mushroom lasagna

Ground beef

Lean ground beef is best for this recipe – without much fat content – as the dish would end up with enough oil from cheese toppings and the sauce. 


I used canned mushrooms in this recipe, however, using fresh mushrooms would be tastier and more tender to the tastebuds. 


Canned chopped tomatoes and a bit of tomato paste to make the sauce thick are one of the secrets of successful beef and mushroom lasagna. You can opt for store-bought tomato sauce to replace the chopped tomatoes. 


Lots of onions make any dish, I believe, tastier, including this one. Also, the onion’s natural sauce prevents the dish from being dry despite less oil.


This is the tease. This recipe can survive without garlic, however, I prefer this with it. Garlic provides an aroma that, for me, is unbeatable. 


A cup of mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, parmesan, or any cheese mixture will give justice to any lasagna recipe – you are the boss, to your taste.

Last, but not the least, salt and freshly ground black pepper are necessary ingredients for successful lasagna dishes. Pepper flakes would also be a good addition depending on your preference. 

How to cook beef and mushroom lasagna

Cooking lasagna comes in two stages: cooking the ingredients in a pot or deep skillet, and then baking it in a rectangular baking dish, covered with aluminum foil, for a few minutes. An ample oven heat, medium-high heat, makes it perfect. 

I call this lasagna recipe basic. However, it does not take away from the intriguing taste of pasta, beef, mushroom, and cheese layers that this pasta recipe is known for. We can classify this as a hearty lasagna recipe, although basic. A delicious choice to enjoy with your family and friends.

How to store left-over lasagna

Plastic food wrap is your best friend in keeping left-over lasagna. After the dish is cooled, cover the same rectangular baking dish with plastic cling film and keep it in the fridge for a couple of days. Bake again for about 15 minutes to reheat and you are ready to enjoy the same delicious lasagna. Another alternative is to scoop the remaining lasagna into a good-sized container with a tight lid and keep it in the fridge similarly. 

Cooking tips

  • Boil lasagna noodles 3-4 sheets at a time and layer them an inch from each other onto aluminum foil or baking sheet until needed.
  • Let the garlic brown in oil but do not burn.
  • Add onion soup mixture if you prefer to be frugal with fresh onions.
  • Separate meat before adding it to the pot to avoid lumps.
  • Use fresh mushroom Italian sauce or Italian tomato sauce to replace canned chopped tomato and tomato paste in the recipe

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