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Gluten Free Lasagna

Gluten Free Lasagna

Classic gluten free lasagna is easy to make and tastes just like you remember. Go all out with this easy recipe, and bring back the ultimate comfort food!

Please welcome Erin from Texanerin Baking back to the blog.

Classic gluten free lasagna is easy to make and tastes just like you remember. Go all out with this easy recipe, and bring back the ultimate comfort food!

Lasagna is one of my top 5 favorite dishes. I have to admit that I don’t make it all that often because it takes a bit longer to prepare than I’d like. It’s not at all difficult – it just takes some time!

I rarely make lasagna so when I do, I go all out and make homemade ricotta. All you need is milk, cream, lemon juice and salt!

It’s incredibly easy and the result is so much more creamy and delicious than the store-bought kind. I make it the night before I prepare the dish so I have one less step to do the next day.

Classic gluten free lasagna is easy to make and tastes just like you remember. Go all out with this easy recipe, and bring back the ultimate comfort food!

One thing I did differently this time was to add an egg to the cheese mixture. I figured that it’d help firm up the cheese, making the lasagna easier to cut. Surprisingly for me, it wasn’t easier to cut but the cheese layer was even creamier than usual.

I’m from Texas and currently live in Germany. I’ve never seen the thick lasagna noodles that are used in the U.S. anywhere here in Europe.

I’ve never even come across the kind of lasagna noodles that you have to boil. Since we just have oven-ready noodles, that’s what I used.

Classic gluten free lasagna is easy to make and tastes just like you remember. Go all out with this easy recipe, and bring back the ultimate comfort food!

There’s a range in the number of lasagna noodles listed due to the different sizes. If you use the really long lasagna noodles that fit the width of a casserole dish (about 13″ long), then you’ll only need 12 noodles.

If you use the shorter noodles, you’ll need 16. If you only have access to the thicker kind of noodles that you have to boil, you may want to consider only using three layers of noodles, as opposed to the four called for in this recipe.

You’ll also, of course, need to boil the noodles first. Another great option would be using homemade fresh gluten free lasagna pasta.

Classic gluten free lasagna is easy to make and tastes just like you remember. Go all out with this easy recipe, and bring back the ultimate comfort food!

I used a 9-inch x13-inch x 3-inch pan and it was just large enough for this recipe. If you have a disher that’s slightly bigger than that, use it, just to be on the safe side.

This recipe yields quite a bit of rich and savory gluten free lasagna. I’m not usually a fan of leftovers, but here I froze several pieces to save for busy days and it was almost just as delicious as fresh from the oven.

Classic gluten free lasagna is easy to make and tastes just like you remember. Go all out with this easy recipe, and bring back the ultimate comfort food!
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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

For the sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 cups (200 grams) diced onion

1 1/2 tablespoons (15 grams) minced garlic

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2/3 cup (158 milliliters) red wine

1 28-ounce (794-gram) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 14.5-ounce (411-gram) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 6-ounce (170-gram) can tomato paste

1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley

2 tablespoons (7 grams) chopped fresh basil

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

For the meat:
1 1/2 pounds (680 grams) ground beef

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

For the cheese mixture:
1 15-ounce (425-gram or 1 3/4 cups) container ricotta cheese

4 cups (453 grams) shredded mozzarella, divided

1 1/4 cups (120 grams) grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, divided

1 egg (50 grams, weighed out of shell)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

12-16 gluten free no-boil lasagna sheets (enough for 4 layers of noodles)*

*If you are using traditional dried lasagna noodles that must be boiled, first boil them to an al-dente texture and lay them out on tea towels to dry slightly before proceeding with the recipe as directed.

Directions

  • Prepare the sauce. In a large pot over medium heat, cook the onion in the olive oil until the onion is softened, about 6-9 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the red pepper flakes and red wine and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until most of the wine has been absorbed. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and simmer over low heat for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more salt to taste. Remove from the heat and let cool while preparing the rest of the lasagna.

  • Prepare the meat. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the ground beef and sprinkle the salt, pepper and Italian seasoning over the top. Break up the meat, stir, and cook until browned, stirring occasionally. Drain the fat and set the meat aside.

  • Prepare the cheese mixture. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the ricotta, 3 cups (340 grams) shredded mozzarella, 1 cup (96 grams) Pecorino Romano, egg, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined. Set aside. Mix together the remaining 1 cup (113 grams) mozzarella and 1/4 cup (24 grams) Pecorino Romano in a small bowl. Set aside for topping the lasagna. Preheat the oven to 350° F (175° C).

  • Assemble and bake the lasagna. Spread slightly more than 1 cup of tomato sauce over the bottom of a 9″x 13″ x 3″ baking dish. Cover with a layer of lasagna noodles, overlapping them just by a little bit. Add another 1 cup sauce, then 1/3 of the meat, followed by 1/3 of the cheese mixture. Add another layer of lasagna noodles and gently press down to compact the first layer. Repeat two more layers, gently pressing down each layer, and top off with the remaining sauce and reserved cheese. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the edges are bubbling and the cheese has browned. If you don’t want the cheese thoroughly browned, cover the lasagna before baking and remove the foil for the last 10 minutes.
    Let the lasagna sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.

By Erin Dooner. Erin is the blogger behind Texanerin Baking, which focuses on making healthier desserts that taste just as delicious and decadent as their unhealthy counterparts. She will be occasionally sharing some of her favorite gluten free recipes here on GFOAS.

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  • Jenny
    July 25, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    I’ve had trouble finding G-Free lasagna noodles. Any suggestions? I do plan to make some homemade ones eventually but would love to find some store-bought ones too. This recipe looks delicious!

    • August 1, 2016 at 10:27 AM

      Hi, Jenny,
      Of course! In the U.S., I usually purchase Tinkyada dried lasagna noodles as they seem to be the most widely available, but have also purchased DeBoles brand. There is also a more premium gluten free lasagna noodle from an Italian company called La Rosa that looks really lovely, but I haven’t tried it myself. Target also seems to have its own line of gluten free pastas, and they make an ‘oven-ready’ lasagna noodle that I would really like to try!

    • Vicki stokes
      January 9, 2017 at 8:32 PM

      Yes Barilla make very nice GF lasagna and other pastas

  • Vicki stokes
    July 22, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    thank you for that recipe – I have always put my meat directly in the sauce and it soaks up the sauce and my lasagne seems to be too dry – i will try your method next time.

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