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Marion’s Best Lasagne

Cheesy layers, optimum beefiness, rich sauce… you guys, this lasagne is next level, and doesn’t take a whole day to make. With a few tricks and some surprising ingredients, you can enjoy the family dinner of champions.


Marion’s Best Lasagne

15 minutes
2 hours

19-12 no-boil lasagne sheets (about 375g/13 oz) 

500g (1.1 lb) grated mozzarella 

1 heaped cup finely grated parmesan (about 50g/1.7 oz) 


Meat sauce: 

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

1kg (2.2 lb) beef mince 

6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 x 400g (14 oz) cans whole peeled tomatoes 

1 x 400g (14 oz) crushed tomatoes 

1/3 cup shiro miso paste* 

3 tbsp tomato paste 

¼ cup soy sauce 

2 star anise 

½ tsp dried oregano 


Cheese sauce: 

500g (1.1 lb) cottage cheese 

2 cups finely gratedparmesan cheese (about 100g/3.5 oz) 

1 cup cream 

¼ tsp finely grated nutmeg 

1 teaspoon corn flour (cornstarch) 

1 tsp sea salt 

  • Step 1

    For the meat sauce, heat the olive oil in a deep-frying pan over high heat. Add half the beef and spread it out in the pan. Allow to sear for 4-5 minutes or until you get a nice deep colour on the bottom of the mince. Season with salt and then flip the beef over in chunks. Allow to sear another 2-3 minutes. Then add in the rest of the beef mince and stir-fry, breaking up the cooked mince with a spatula. 

  • Step 2

    Add the garlic and cook for another half a minute. Then add the tomatoes, miso paste, tomato paste, soy saucestar anise and oregano. Simmer for 30 minutes. 

  • Step 3

    For the cheese sauce, whisk all the ingredients in large bowl until well combined. 

  • Step 4

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/356°F. 

  • Step 5

    Spread 1 cup of meat sauce in the bottom of a 3L capacity casserole or baking dish (mine is about 35cm x 7cm x 25cm). Place the lasagne sheets on top, being sure to break up the sheets to that you have an even layer. Spread one-third of the meat sauce over the lasagne sheets. Then dollop over half of the cheese sauce and spread it out in an even layer. Sprinkle with a third of the grated mozzarella. Then repeat with the another layer of lasagne sheets, one-third of the meat sauce, the other half of the cheese sauce and another third of the grated mozzarella. Then place one more layer of lasagne sheets on top. Spread over the final one third of the meat sauce. 

  • Step 6

    Mix the remaining one-third of the mozzarella with the parmesan cheese. Sprinkle evenly over the meat sauce. Cover with baking paper and then with foil. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. 

  • Step 7

    Remove the baking paper and foil and allow the lasagne and then bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and golden. 

  • Step 8

    Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes so that the layers set and cool a little before slicing and serving. 

  • Notes

    – Shiro Miso is a white miso paste and is commonly found in the Asian aisle of most supermarkets or from an Asian grocery store.

Marion's Kitchen is for everyone who finds joy in flavour and happiness in every bite. Marion's Kitchen is for everyone who finds joy in flavour and happiness in every bite.

What our customers say

Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 15 reviews)
Very good7%
May 15, 2023


Dear Marion, I have been following your channel and your recipes already for a while (from Germany) and need to tell you, they are all amazing – such a difference, such a great taste – Carry on like this. I am a huge fan of yours. The Lasagne is the really, really fantastic. Thanks for this recipe.

Jess T
March 22, 2023

The meat sauce is amazing and this recipe is so quick and easy

The meat sauce and overall dish is so tasty. You spend way less time compared to other traditional lasagne recipes. Well worth a try. This is going into my collection of go-to recipes. Thanks, Marion!

March 20, 2023

Just amazing

This is really the best lasagna you will ever make, i made the lasagna with my own white sauce cause no one can beat that 😉 but everything else was done as the recipe states and it was a huge hit with every everyone who ate it.

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