Gluten Free Lasagna Remake

This Lasagna is generously sized to feed a family.  Look at those crispy edges!  My remake of the traditional meat Lasagna everyone loves is completely gluten free and has thin slices of eggplant layered in that will almost disappear (don’t tell the kids!).  Baked in a 9 x 13″ pan, it is very filling so a little goes a long way.  Serve as a main course with a simple salad, or in smaller portions alongside another dish.  You will have anywhere from 6 to 12 servings.

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  • 12 oz. lean ground beef
  • 4 oz. Italian sausage (pork, turkey or chicken)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • tomato sauce – 1 can 29 oz. + 1 can 15 oz.
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 eggplant sliced on a mandolin
  • 16 gluten free lasagna noodles
  • 16 oz. tub ricotta cheese
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • cooking spray
  • fresh basil and parsley for garnish


Cut the bottom off the eggplant and stand it up on a cutting board.  Run a knife down the sides to peel, then slice the eggplant very thin using a mandoline or sharp knife.

Lay the slices between sheets of paper towel and press down lightly.  Let them sit for 20 minutes then salt to taste.

Make the meat sauce.  Sauté the onions and garlic in 1 tbsp. olive oil.  When the onions are translucent, add the meat and begin breaking it up with a meat spatula.

When the meat is completely browned, make a space in the center of the pan and add the tomato paste.

Toast for a few minutes then stir into the meat.

Add the 29 oz. can of tomatoes with the basil and oregano.  Season with ground pepper.  Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

This simmer mat is perfect for cooking sauce over low heat, so it doesn’t burn.

In a separate saucepan add the 15 oz. can of tomato sauce and season with more basil and oregano.  Simmer 20 minutes and set aside to cool.

Transfer 1/2 of the plain sauce to a bowl and whisk with the ricotta.

To assemble the lasagna, coat a 9 x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray.  Begin with a layer of meat sauce.

Top with 4 of the lasagna noodles.

Spread with 1/3 of the ricotta mixture, then top with a layer of eggplant slices.

Repeat 2 more times, layering meat sauce, noodles, ricotta mixture, eggplant.  Finish with remaining 4 noodles, the rest of the plain sauce and Parmesan cheese.  Make sure all of the lasagna noodles are covered to the corners.

Coat a sheet of foil with cooking spray (so it doesn’t stick) and cover the pan tightly.  Bake for 40 minutes at 350º, then use tongs to carefully remove the foil and bake for 20 minutes uncovered.  Remove from the oven, cover and rest 10-15 minutes before serving.

Garnish with fresh basil and parsley and bring to the table.

Notes ♪♫ I used Barilla gluten free oven-ready lasagna in this recipe, and no one even knew it was gluten free!  A tip, when making gluten free Lasagna do not pre-cook the noodles.  No matter what the box instructions say.  Pre-boiled noodles will absorb less liquid as they cook, and you may end up with a watery mess.

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2 thoughts on “Gluten Free Lasagna Remake”

  1. Your lasagna looks so good, Leslie! I love the addition of the eggplant, it would add such a great flavour. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Community. Take care and Happy Holidays!

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