Enjoy delicious, cheesy lasagna for two, made with fresh ingredients easily found at your grocery store! This easy lasagna recipe is perfectly portioned for two, for little to no leftovers.
What is Lasagna?
First things first, let’s talk about what lasagna is! Lasagna is a traditional, layered Italian dish that consists of wide flat noodles, cheese, tomato sauce, and often meat.
The noodles are usually boiled to al-dente before the layering begins, but I opted for no-boil noodles. They’ll cook in the meat and tomato sauce while the lasagna bakes in the oven.
Either choice works, just remember to adapt the recipe. If you use traditional noodles, you boil them before you layer!
How many layers is lasagna?
The number of layers in your lasagna will depend on how deep your dish is and how thick you make your layers. I like my lasagna super cheesy, so I fit about 9 layers into mine.
This tasty vegetarian Cast Iron Skillet Lasagna, for example, uses fewer layers because it’s cooked in a skillet.
There’s no perfect number, but make sure you have at least three layers in your lasagna for two!
Can you assemble lasagna ahead of time?
Yes, you can assemble lasagna ahead of time!
Lasagna for two is a great make-ahead dish. Once you assemble the layers in a baking dish, cover and refrigerate for up to two days before baking.
You can also freeze the lasagna until you are ready to eat it, just like this Healthier Make Ahead Lasagna Freezer Meal. If you choose to freeze your lasagna for two, add 30 minutes to the bake time.
How to make Lasagna for Two
The key with this is to make all of the components for each layer, layer the lasagna and then bake it as a whole!
To make lasagna for two, follow these instructions:
- Place olive oil, Italian sausage and onion into a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook until browned, about 5-8 minutes.
- Add in garlic, crushed tomatoes, water, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, combine egg and ricotta. Set aside until the meat and tomato sauce is done simmering.
- Using an 8″ by 3 ⅞” foil baking pan, cover the bottom with one-third of the meat mixture.
- Top with a lasagna sheet, one-third of the ricotta mixture and a layer of mozzarella cheese. Repeat three more times.
- Cover lasagna with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes. If your cheese isn’t browning enough, switch the oven to broil for another 5 minutes.
Lasagna for two is perfectly portioned as a small dish, so you won’t have to worry about having too many leftovers!
What wine goes with lasagna?
Classic meat lasagna pairs well with many red wines, while vegetable lasagna recipes and seafood lasagnas pair well with white wines. For a southwestern twist, try this Mexican Lasagna with Corn Tortillas paired with sangria, like this Moscato Sangria!
Ultimately, which wine you pair with your lasagna will depend on the recipe you’re using and personal preference. Since my lasagna for two is filled with lots of meat and red sauce, I like to pair it with red wine, often on the dry side.
Can this Lasagna for Two recipe be doubled?
Unlike baking, cooking is more like an art than a science, so don’t feel nervous about painting outside the lines.
You can double the amount of this lasagna for two simply by using a larger baking dish. The extra noodles and sauce will make for a wider lasagna, offering you a larger portion size. For a cheesy lasagna recipe with plenty of leftovers, try this delicious Slow Cooker Lasagna!
Follow the layering instructions while accommodating for the size of the larger baking dish, and you can easily double the portion of your lasagna for two.
Do you serve anything with Lasagna?
Lasagna is layered with meat and cheese, so it can feel heavy in large quantities. Pair it with a fresh salad to lighten up your overall meal! We recommend recipes like Fresh Vegetable Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing. Rolls or biscuits are a great choice to pair with your lasagna for two, like Gluten Free Rolls or Gluten Free Biscuits.
Looking for more dinners for two? Here’s a list of delicious dinner ideas for two for you to try:
- Sausage and Kale Pasta Dinner for Two
- Celery Root Soup and Lobster Dinner for Two
- Simple Dinner Ideas for Two #SundaySupper
Lasagna for Two
- 3 lasagna sheets no-boil
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 lbs. Italian sausage ground
- 1/2 cup yellow onion diced
- 1/2 tsp. garlic minced
- 14.5 oz. crushed tomatoes canned
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
- Pinch salt and pepper
- 1 egg
- 15 oz. ricotta
- 1 ¾ cup mozzarella
- Place the olive oil, Italian sausage and onion into a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook until browned, about 5-8 minutes.
- Add in the garlic, crushed tomatoes, water, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and in a medium bowl, combine the egg and ricotta. Set aside until the meat and tomato sauce is done simmering.
- Using an 8 in. by 3 ⅞ in. foil baking pan, cover the bottom with one-third of the meat mixture.
- Top with one of the lasagna sheets, one-third of the ricotta mixture and a layer of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat three more times.
- Cover the lasagna with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes. If your cheese isn't browning enough, switch the oven to broil for another 5 minutes.