Four Cheese Lasagna


A combination of four cheeses—ricotta, provolone, mozzarella, and Parmesan—ensures this classic casserole is rich and delicious.

Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
9 serves


  • 12 ounces extra-lean ground beef or ground round

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 26-ounce jar roasted-tomato pasta sauce (or your favorite pasta sauce)

  • 1 14½-ounce can diced tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 4 tablespoons shredded fresh basil

  • 1 15-ounce container low-fat ricotta

  • 1 cup shredded provolone or Italian-blend cheese

  • 1 egg

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 12 cooked lasagna noodles

  • 1 8-ounce package 2 percent milk mozzarella, shredded

  • cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided


  1. Cook the beef in a large saucepan over medium heat, breaking into small pieces, for about 5 minutes or until no pink meat remains. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the pasta sauce, tomatoes, vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of the basil. Bring the mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, provolone, 2 tablespoons of the basil, the egg, and the crushed red pepper. Place ¾ cup of the pasta-sauce mixture in the bottom of a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Top with 3 cooked noodles, then spread a third of the ricotta mixture evenly over the noodles. Sprinkle with a third of the mozzarella and top with ¾ cup of the pasta-sauce mixture. Repeat the layers, ending with ¾ cup of the pasta-sauce mixture and the final 3 noodles. Spread the remaining sauce on top, sprinkle with the Parmesan, and cover with foil.

  3. Bake for 30 minutes; uncover and bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with the remaining basil.

    Natasia Hanratty

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

822 Calories
32g Fat
94g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 822
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Sodium 1828mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 94g 34%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 39g
Calcium 640mg 49%
Iron 4mg 22%

*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.

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