The ultimate cheesy lasagna, made extra rich and creamy by adding creme fraiche along with mozzarella and parmesan. This is the easiest lasagna recipe I know!
You can do this, you really can!
You can make this cheesy lasagna any old weeknight, because it's that easy. And, it's so good! Whenever I ask my daughter what she wants for dinner, this lasagna is her first request.
This isn't a highly stacked lasagna with many layers. It's almost more like a baked pasta that goes right to the heart of what lasagna should be: sauce, cheese and pasta.
If you're looking for a taller, stacked lasagna, with more going on between the noodles, try my Crockpot Lasagna with ricotta and optional creme fraiche.
What Makes This Lasagna Recipe So Easy?
- Just 6 ingredients (5, if you skip the mushrooms)
- Jarred marinara sauce
- No-boil noodles
- The option to use pre-grated cheese
What Makes This Lasagna Recipe Cheesy?
Ironically, what makes this lasagna taste so rich and cheesy is taking out ricotta cheese and putting in creme fraiche. Combined with parmesan and mozzarella (or a blend of pre-grated Italian or pizza cheese) the creme fraiche gives this lasagna a creamy, cheesy texture that's irresistible.
Lasagna With Creme Fraiche
It's really hard to find a rich and flavorful vegetarian lasagna recipe that's also easy to make. I'd been looking for just such a recipe for years.
Salvation came from Julia Turshen's recipe for A Nice Lasagna in her Small Victories cookbook. Her cookbook is all about "home-cooking triumphs" and Julia Turshen's lasagna recipe is indeed a triumph.
With one secret ingredient - creme fraiche - she simplifies lasagna, giving it rich and creamy flavor without ricotta or eggs or bechamel.
Of course, Julia Turshen makes handmade lasagna sheets and homemade marinara sauce. I've made peace with the fact that homemade lasagna sheets are just never going to happen in my kitchen. However, I have made this lasagna many times using her homemade marinara recipe and it's definitely do-able if you have a little extra time.
More Pasta Recipes
- Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta
- Fajita Pasta Bake
- One-Pot Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Kale
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