How could one dish be delicious, easy to make, and a crowd-pleaser all in one? This delicious sour cream lasagna is the perfect dish to serve whether you’re feeding extra mouths or want to have some leftovers. Timeless, comforting, and tested by the best, this recipe will have you coming back for seconds and licking the plate.
How To Make Sour Cream Lasagna
This sour cream lasagna is super simple to make. The best part is that we’re using no-boil noodles. You heard that right! These noodles come pre-boiled, so once you layer them with the ooey-gooey sauces, they soak up that moisture and become the perfect al-dente texture.
First, cook your meat, add the tomato sauce and let it all simmer together. Separately mix your soft cheeses and boom. You’re ready to start building. Here’s what we’ll be cooking with:
- No-boil lasagna noodles – If you want to use regular noodles that require boiling, be my guest! But if you trust the process, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how the no-boil noodles soak up surrounding moisture.
- Ground beef and sausage – We’re using two kinds of meat because it pulls in more flavors, but you can use whatever meats you’d prefer. Italian sausage brings the most to the table, so if you replace it, increase your seasoning measurements.
- Cheese – This mix of mozzarella, parmesan, and sour cream hits the spot. It’s quite popular to add ricotta, however the texture turns some people off, so we’ve left it out.
- Tomato sauce – Adding the diced tomatoes gives your sauce a bit of substance and chunkiness. If you want to include additional Italian spices in your sauce, go right ahead!
What You’ll Need
Lasagna is such an impressive dish that you’d think it’s complicated to make. Well, only three kitchen items are needed to make this delicious dinner!
- 9×13 inch baking pan
- Large or medium saucepan
- Large mixing bowl
Tips & Tricks
- Make your meal extra tasty by using two kinds of meat. Ground turkey is a healthy replacement for pork for those looking to limit their fat intake.
- Not sure when you’ll be ready for this cheesy masterpiece? Assemble up to a day in advance so you can serve your dish right out of the oven.
- Using no-boil noodles will save you time and dishes.
- The order of your layers matters! We recommended meat sauce, noodles, cheese sauce, mozzarella, and repeat. Noodles belong between the meat and cheese sauces to break up the soft textures. It’s also easier to spread the liquidy layers on the firm noodles and mozzarella slices.
- When picking a mozzarella, always go with fresh over pre-shredded. The bagged stuff is convenient for some foods, but it doesn’t come close to what a moist, authentic log of fresh mozzarella will do for your lasagna.
- Let it rest. Lasagna needs time for the layers to settle and get firm. Cutting too soon leaves you with a soupy mess!
- Looking for a healthier option? Use grilled zucchini or eggplant instead of noodles. Grilled is the keyword here; the liquid from the veggies will leak out during baking if you don’t grill them first.
- For storing leftovers, you can cover and refrigerate for up to a week. Lasagna can be frozen (covered with plastic and foil) for about a month. Reheat refrigerated lasagna in the microwave and frozen lasagna in the oven after thawing.
See Also: Italian Recipes
How do you prevent watery lasagna?
There are a few things that might be making your lasagna soupy. Firstly, the tomato sauce should be thicker than normal pasta sauce. Keep cooking it until it thickens up, or add some cornstarch. Second, no-boil noodles absorb a lot of the excess liquid. If you aren’t already using them, give them a try.
Does lasagna need to be covered with foil?
Lasagna should be covered with aluminum foil for at least the first half of baking to prevent it from drying out. About halfway through, uncover to let out some steam and get the top nice and crispy looking.
How many layers should lasagna have?
You should aim to have three to four layers in your lasagna. Too many more, and it’s going to get a bit carb-heavy for most people.
This yummy sour cream lasagna will transport you to the streets of Naples with every bite. It’s layered with creamy cheese sauce, savory meat sauce, and perfectly chewy pasta. Serve with garlic bread, caesar salad, or grilled asparagus to complete your meal, and enjoy!