Gluten Free Lasagna
This homemade gluten free lasagna is the perfect cheesy comfort food! It features layers of meat sauce, gluten free lasagna noodles, and two different types of cheese. This family friendly dinner is great for both kids and adults. Make it for busy weeknights, entertaining, holidays, and meal prep!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This gluten free lasagna is easy to make.
- No complicated techniques needed.
- The lasagna can be assembled ahead of time and baked later, making it a great option for busy weeknights.
- It is versatile.
- You can customize the recipe to your liking by adding different types of meat, vegetables, or cheeses.
- If you are gluten free, now you can experience this classic dish!
- The lasagna is creamy, cheesy, and flavorful.
- Everything comes together quickly and easily.
- This homemade lasagna recipe reheats well. Great for meal prep and leftovers.
- This recipe is gluten free, nut free, and sugar free.
- Check out this Buffalo Chicken Pasta for another creamy comfort food!
Ingredients & Substitutes
These are the main ingredients and substitutions for this creamy gluten free lasagna. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.
Use ground beef, ground turkey, or even ground pork. In addition, sausage works well. Cook until brown and crumbly.
Finely chop the onion.
Minced garlic adds a classic garlicky flavor. If needed, replace with garlic powder.
Marinara sauce adds a delicious tomato flavor. I love using Primal Kitchen Food because it contains no added sugar.
Basil and oregano add a classic Italian flavor.
Add in sea salt and pepper to taste.
Both mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese add the creamy texture.
For the gluten free lasagna noodles, I recommend Barilla or Jovial. Barilla has oven ready noodles. Therefore, there is no need to pre-cook them. Jovial makes a delicious gluten free option too!
Lastly, garnish with fresh basil or parsley.
Taste & Texture
The gluten free lasagna noodles are soft and chewy. In addition, they do not taste or feel any different from regular lasagna noodles.
The tomato sauce is flavorful and hearty. It helps to bind the lasagna together.
The mozzarella cheese topping is gooey and cheesy, and it gives the lasagna a crispy golden brown crust. The Parmesan adds a slight tangy flavor.
How to Make
First, in a large skillet, cook the ground beef or turkey over medium-high heat until browned. Break into small pieces as it cooks.
Remove any excess fat from the skillet, leaving about a tablespoon of liquid.
Add the chopped onion and garlic to the skillet. Sauté until they become soft and translucent.
Stir in the marinara sauce, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
Then, simmer the sauce for about 15 to 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld. Remove it from heat and set aside.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).
In a 9×13-inch baking dish, spread a thin layer of the meat sauce on the bottom.
Then, place three cooked lasagna noodles on top of the meat sauce.
Spread a portion of the meat sauce over the noodles, followed by a layer of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
Repeat the layering process until you have used all the noodles, meat sauce, and cheese, ending with a layer of cheese on top.
Then, cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
Allow the lasagna to cool for a few minutes before slicing.
Garnish with fresh basil or parsley, if desired.
Finally, serve your gluten free lasagna!
Expert Tips for Success
Here are some expert tips and tricks for making the best gluten free lasagna.
Use good quality fresh ingredients. The better the ingredients, the better the lasagna will taste.
Do not overcook the noodles. The noodles should be al dente, or slightly firm to the bite. If using oven ready noodles, do not pre-cook them.
Do not overbake the lasagna. The lasagna should be golden brown and bubbly, but not dry.
Let the lasagna cool slightly before serving. This will help the flavors to blend together.
How to Layer Lasagna
Here is how to perfectly layer lasagna!
First, spread enough meat sauce along the bottom of the dish so it forms a layer.
Then, lay down the lasagna noodles on top. Be sure that the noodles fully cover the bottom meat layer.
Repeat this process. Layer the meat sauce, followed by the noodles.
At this point, add a layer of shredded cheese.
Then repeat the meat sauce, noodles, and cheese. Continue until you run out of ingredients or reach the top of the baking dish.
Flavor Variations & Add-Ins
Here are some ideas for flavor variations and add-ins for your homemade gluten free lasagna.
Add ground pork, sausage, or vegetables to the sauce.
Use different types of cheeses, such as cheddar, provolone, or fontina.
Add a layer of spinach or mushrooms to the lasagna.
Top the lasagna with a sprinkling of fresh herbs, such as basil or oregano.
How to Serve & Store
To serve gluten free lasagna, serve hot and fresh.
Cut the lasagna into individual slices. Serve with a side salad or roasted veggies.
Pair with gluten free garlic bread!
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
There are a few different brands of gluten free lasagna noodles available. I recommend reading reviews before you buy to see which ones are the most popular and well-liked.
No, I do not recommend using regular lasagna noodles in this recipe. The gluten free lasagna noodles are specifically designed to be soft and chewy, and they will not taste or feel the same as regular lasagna noodles.
Yes, you can make this recipe ahead of time and bake it later. Assemble the lasagna up to the point of baking, then cover it and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When you are ready to bake, remove the lasagna from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
Yes! These noodles taste exactly like classic noodles.
If they are made with only rice flour, then yes, those noodles are gluten free. Be sure there are no other ingredients containing wheat or gluten.
Yes! This lasagna is great as meal prep and leftovers. Make it ahead of time and reheat as needed.
Lasagna Pan: This ceramic lasagna pan is deep enough for the layers.
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Get the Recipe: Gluten Free Lasagna
For the Meat Sauce:
For the Cheese Layer:
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
For the Lasagna:
- 9 gluten free lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
- basil or parsley for garnish, optional
- First, in a large skillet, cook the ground beef or turkey over medium-high heat until browned. Break it up into small pieces as it cooks.
- Remove any excess fat from the skillet, leaving about a tablespoon of liquid.
- Add the chopped onion and garlic to the skillet. Sauté until they become soft and translucent.
- Stir in the marinara sauce, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
- Then, simmer the sauce for about 15 to 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld. Remove it from heat and set aside.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- In a 9×13-inch baking dish, spread a thin layer of the meat sauce on the bottom.
- Place three cooked lasagna noodles on top of the meat sauce.
- Spread a portion of the meat sauce over the noodles, followed by a layer of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
- Repeat the layering process until you have used all the noodles, meat sauce, and cheese, ending with a layer of cheese on top.
- Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
- Allow the lasagna to cool for a few minutes before slicing.
- Garnish with fresh basil or parsley, if desired.
- Serve your gluten free lasagna and enjoy!
- Cook and drain the lasagna noodles according to the package directions.
- If using Barilla oven-ready noodles, there is no need to boil or pre-cook the noodles.
- Cook the ground meat until brown and crumbly. Feel free to use beef or turkey. Pork and sausage also work well.
- Bake until the cheese is bubbly and melted.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.
- Freeze for up to 2 months.
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