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5 Cheese Homemade Lasagna

My momma’s recipe for 5 Cheese homemade lasagna is the best classic lasagna. Truth! She made this recipe for special occasions when I was a child.

We always got excited when mom started a shopping list with the five cheeses and lasagna noodles. We knew this recipe was coming to dinner. It’s so good she served it in place of turkey for Thanksgiving once and the family was delighted!

This is a delicious, filling meal, oozing with noodles, a rich meaty sauce, and five different kinds of cheese. Mom always served it with a large salad like Tortellini Salad with pepperoni and Homemade French bread or  Cheesy Bruschetta Garlic bread. Comfort food defined!

5 Cheese Homemade Lasagna

5 cheese homemade lasagna

Not too long ago I had a hankering for my Mom’s famous 5 Cheese Lasagna. Nobody makes lasagna like hers. But mom retired from cooking years ago, so I made her a deal. I would make it if she would show me how!

Mom graciously agreed to write out the recipe for this old family treasure. She even came over to help me make it. In the spirit of this social meal, we invited people in for a dinner party to enjoy mom’s 5 cheese homemade lasagna.

We had a very enjoyable evening and excellent food. Chocolate raspberry cookies for dessert added a perfect finishing touch.

This is a dinner party meal and  freezer meal recipe. There is way too much lasagna here for a family of four. Unless you love A LOT of leftovers. We do. And this recipe is excellent left over.

I froze a 9 x 9 casserole of this delicious homemade lasagna casserole. We shared one VERY deep 9 x 13 casserole with our friends. And Had leftovers. ALL from this one recipe. 

I asked mom where this recipe came from. She told me she got it from a neighbor when I was a tiny tot. Thank you, neighbor, wherever you are!

The 5 Cheeses:

The combination of these five kinds of cheese is amazing in Lasagna. Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Freshly grated Parmesan (do NOT use store bought canned Parmesan or I will find you and slap your hand!) Ricotta and Provolone. Find good quality cheeses and enjoy the amazing flavor they will bring to this dish.

5 Cheese Homemade Lasagna

All the cheeses

The Homemade Lasagna Sauce:

My momma’s homemade marinara sauce is a long-simmering masterpiece.  Start the sauce several hours ahead and let it simmer down to concentrate the flavors. This sauce scents the house as it simmers, building anticipation for the lovely Italian meal at the end of the day. This delicious sauce is also great in spaghetti, manicotti, or wherever you need a good Italian marinara sauce.

Mom ALWAYS uses bulk Italian spicy sausage and hamburger together in her sauce. Another divine combination that takes the flavor into a whole new universe! Don’t like spicy? Use mild sausage, but use it! The hamburger by itself is not enough.

Homemade Marinara Sauce For 5 Cheese Homemade Lasagna

Beef and spicy sausage flavor this delicious, long-simmered sauce. It’s SO good in 5 cheese homemade lasagna

Mom’s 5 cheese lasagna recipe makes enough sauce to assemble two 9 x 13 pans of lasagna. If you don’t want to eat that much cut the recipe in half or freeze the extra lasagna casserole for a future dinner.

This recipe freezes really well. That makes the work worthwhile. This frozen dinner is VERY well received as a meal for friends or neighbors in need.

5 Cheese Homemade Lasagna

5 cheese Homemade Lasagna

Nina’s homemade lasagna will leave you with a memory of love, given and received.

This is certainly a labor of love for the cook; but not too onerous. The worst part, back in the day, was shredding all that cheese by hand. I recently made this lasagna for my oldest son’s birthday.

I shredded the cheese in a jiffy in my brand new 14 cup Cuisinart Food Processor (affiliate link).  This is a really good, economical food processor if you need a big one.

5 Cheese Homemade Lasagna

5 cheese homemade lasagna just out of the oven. Dig in!

In mom’s own words” This is a basic, simple recipe that leaves a lot of room, for you to add whatever spices you choose; to make it more to your taste.”

With all the cheese and meaty flavors in this dish, she just used simple Italian seasonings and it is heavenly!

5 Cheese Homemade Lasagna

5 cheese homemade lasagna is richly flavored with masses of oozy gooey cheese!

This lasagna has body and flavor and LOTs of cheese. When you drive your fork into this lasagna the strings of meaty, saucy cheesy noodles will slap your face and excite your taste buds.

TIP: Mom also used to boil her noodles before baking. She discovered that made her lasagna rather soupy. She just adds uncooked noodles to her layers now and it works perfectly!

5 Cheese Homemade Lasagna Recipe:

The Easy method and some Time Saver Tips:

In the interest of modern cooking I’m offering a few recipe hacks and time savers that will still help you retain the incredible flavor this recipe offers.

  • Use your favorite bottled organic marinara sauce instead of Mom’s all day simmering sauce. BUT do use the sausage/hamburger combo for the meat to keep the incredible flavor. Brown the meats with some onions, garlic and Italian spices.
  • NOW pour the bottled sauce (you’ll need several jars) into a large stock pot and simmer it all together while you grate the cheeses in your handy food processor.
  • Assemble the recipe as directed and bake. Several hours saved and you have a beautiful baked lasagna:)

Instructions for the LONG Version of 5 Cheese lasagna with meat:

  • Make the sauce and get it simmering on the stove. It will simmer for several hours so enjoy your home smelling fantastic all day.
  • About 30 minutes before you want to bake it, shred the jack, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Assemble the lasagna in your two casseroles- Instructions for how to layer lasagna are in the recipe card.
  • Bake about 45 minutes
5 Cheese Homemade Lasagna

5 Cheese Homemade Lasagna assembled and ready to bake

Your Printable Recipe Card:

5 Cheese Homemade Lasagna
Yield: 24 1 Cup servings

5 Cheese Homemade Lasagna

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 minutes
simmering time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

5 Cheese Lasagna is a delicious, filling meal, oozing with noodles, a rich meaty sauce, and five different kinds of cheese. Make extra for the freezer!


The sauce:

  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. spicy Italian Sausage, I'm using spicy chicken sausage today
  • 2 onions chopped course
  • 6 cloves garlic-minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 -30 oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 4 -6 oz. cans tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasonings to taste

The cheeses:

  • 1 lb. skim mozzarella-shredded
  • 1 lb. Monterey jack cheese-shredded
  • 1 pint ricotta cheese
  • 1 lb. provolone
  • 1 Cup Parmesan-grated
  • 16 oz. package lasagna noodles


For the sauce:

  1. Sauté meats, onions and garlic until cooked.(drain excess fat)
  2. Add canned tomato sauce and paste into a large pot with the sauté ingredients.
  3. Add water to adjust the consistency to your preference.
  4. Simmer for 2 to 4 hours tasting occasionally and adjusting seasoning to taste.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Assembling the layers:

  1. In a 9 x 13 pan spread sauce on the bottom in a thin layer
  2. Lay noodles on the sauce
  3. Spread another layer of sauce over the noodles.
  4. Spread the cheese evenly over the sauce as follows:
  5. Provolone torn into pieces to fit the pan,
  6. Shredded mozzarella and jack cheese,
  7. Ricotta dropped by spoonful's onto the previous cheeses.
  8. Sprinkle parmesan over the top
  9. Repeat sauce layer, then noodles, sauce and cheese.
  10. Top with parmesan and bake for 45 minutes until bubbly and browned on top

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 460Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 90mgSodium 1176mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 3gSugar 10gProtein 33g

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Kelly Moras

Thursday 26th of March 2020

I hardly ever comment on a recipe, so the fact that I'm taking the time to come back and comment says a lot!!!! I made this recipe yesterday and had my 10 year old son help me. We had a blast! We froze one pan and baked the other for dinner. Woah! Seriously! Not a single word at dinner because we were so busy gobbling up our food! My son is a bit of a picky eater and he was eating with no complaints! This was delicious!!!!


Thursday 26th of March 2020

Hi Kelly, I thank you SO much for the comment. I'm going to call my mom and read it to her. We have so many family memories with this lasagna just like your describing. This is a PERFECT time for the long slow recipes that make amazing flavor. If you and your son are looking for more recipes to make for the family take a look at our sourdough recipes. Baking sourdough is a fun science project for kids and it goes great with lasagna. Have a wonderful day!


Monday 30th of December 2019

I am gluten and lactose intolerant. The first thing the doctors told me was that I had to cut garlic and onions from my diet. I have watched your site for 3 years now and your recipes include garlic and onions. Often, they include restricted ingredients that include gluten, as your lasagna noodles do. Mushrooms are another ingredient you includ. I fail to understand how you can call this a gluten free site. Help me understand your reasoning please.


Monday 30th of December 2019

Hi BC, I'm so sorry to hear about your dietary restrictions. If you are new to gluten free diets you may not realize the only restricted ingredient in that diet is gluten. Go here to read more about gluten free diets. if you are lactose intolerant as well then you know dairy is also off limits in all it's forms. Both of those restrictions will make this recipe impossible for you.

Our site is NOT gluten free and never has been a restricted diet site of any kind. Here at Homemade food Junkie we offer homemade food recipes of all sorts. We DO have some gluten free recipes on this blog. But we feel is it the responsibility of the dieter to know their own dietary difficulties and adjust our recipes as it suits them. That is the true value of homemade recipes. They are versatile and substitutions can often be made to accomodate special needs dieters.

I hope this helps you. Thank you so much for all the years of your patronage to our site. We value your input greatly.

Charlotte Estrada

Wednesday 17th of April 2019

Do you bake and then freeze or freeze, thaw then bake?


Wednesday 17th of April 2019

Hi Charlotte, We assemble the recipe into a freezer dish and freeze it unbaked. Then thaw and bake. Thanks for asking. Let us know how this recipe works for you and have a great day!

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