Recipe: Lasagna

Mary's Lasagna

Today I’m bringing you back to Italy with our family’s lasagna recipe.

This recipe has been passed down through the family forever. I was taught the recipe by Uncle Hank, he was taught by his mother and she was taught by hers. It’s truly a family favorite in my home, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


• Mary’s Marinara Sauce

• 2 1/2 pounds Ricotta Cheese

• 2 lg bundles of Spinach – Steam, drain, chop and set aside

• 1 bundle of Parsley – Rinse, chop and set aside (save a small amount for garnish)

• 1 lg Eggplant sliced thin, dipped in egg then dredged in flour

• 3 Tbs Olive Oil

• One White Onion, chopped – Saute onions until tender, set aside

• 1 pound Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

• 1 pound Shredded Parmesan Cheese

• Sea Salt & Fresh ground pepper to taste

• Oregano (just a dash)

• Two boxes of Lasagna pasta noodles – cook using the instructions on the package, cook them until they are al dente, drain and set aside

• Mix Ricotta cheese, drained chopped Spinach, Parsley, Oregano and onions in a large bowl, salt and pepper to taste, then set aside until needed.

• Heat your Olive Oil in a skillet until hot but not smoking, fry your floured eggplant in oil until golden and set aside.


Now comes the fun part, it’s time to layer. 

In a large baking dish layer your Noodles, a thin amount of your Marinara Sauce, Browned Eggplant, Ricotta Mixture (making sure you completely cover with the cheese mixture), and a thin layer of the Marinara. Repeat the process then double the noodle layer over the top and fold over sides to create a nice shell. Pour a little sauce over the top and sprinkle with Mozzarella, Parmesan cheese and a bit of chopped parsley. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for about an hour or until golden and bubbly. Serve with a little Marinara Sauce over each portion and sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan cheese, enjoy!


If you would like to make this a meat lasagna you can replace the eggplant with browned Italian sausage or use both ingredients to have a wonderful combination of flavors.

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Welcome to Mary’s Kitchen, I was born in Coronado and have been a personal chef on the island for several years specializing in farm to table homestyle cuisine. My goal is to share with you my passion for food and travel by introducing you to recipes from around the world.