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Super Easy Lasagna Recipe for a Large Group

This easy lasagna recipe is perfect when you have a large group together. You can make several ahead of time and heat them in the oven before your meal.

For our retreats, we want to offer huge amounts of food. Comfort. That’s what we’re going for.

Of course, we want to provide healthy choices, too, but sometimes (at least in my opinion and from my own experience) ladies want a chance NOT to worry about calories and carbs and all that.

A retreat is a perfect way to take a break from the ‘real’ world, and so along with our healthy options (listed below the main recipe), we try to pack our meals with plenty of comfort food, too.

I’ve been working on putting the large group cooking recipes online for you all so that you can offer yummy food for not very much money.

One favorite for everyone seems to be lasagna, and making lasagna for a large group is really simple. Some recipes are complicated but this easy lasagna recipe We always make plenty and seldom have any left over.

Because traditional lasagna recipes can take so long, we had Lainie, one of our ‘retreaters’ who also cooks for us, share her delicious and oh so easy recipe for making lasagna for our large groups. I promise it’s as delicious as any of the longer, more complex recipes.

Here’s what you need for each pan of lasagna:

  • 12 Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 lb of ground beef or sausage
  • 24 oz jar – Spaghetti Sauce
  • 2 ½ C Shredded Cheese (any kind)

Make the noodles according to the package. Brown ground beef/sausage, drain, and add spaghetti sauce to it.

Place a little of the meat sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Add a layer of noodles, then another layer of sauce, and then a layer of cheese. Start back with noodles and then continue layering until you end with cheese on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. If you prepare these ahead of time and have them in the fridge, the time cooking might take a little longer.

You’ll get about 12 servings per lasagna. We make enough for each attendee plus a couple of extras just in case. Lasagna heats well as leftovers IF there are any. 🙂

In addition to lasagna, we always serve garlic bread (from the store) and green beans.

Additional Meal Ideas

We also provide a full salad bar at lunch and dinner which includes: various lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, bell pepper, dill pickles, cottage cheese, sliced peaches, diced ham, shredded cheddar, hard boiled eggs, grilled chicken strips, and several dressing choices.

Everything on the salad bar is easy to prepare ahead of time or, like us, we have one of the ladies who volunteers to cook for us and a few others who help her (I recruited my husband and daughter) prepare everything right before lunch.

Your ‘extras’ are totally up to you, of course. We just like to make sure that if anyone does have food preferences, sensitivities, or allergies they have options that will still fill them up.

It’s so important to have group meal time and fellowship at a retreat. I love to offer great, filling food that doesn’t take too much prep and stress. Hope you enjoy!

Image of a piece of lasagna
Yield: Feeds approximately 12 depending on portions

Easy Lasagna Recipe for a Large Group

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

A quick and easy lasagna recipe that will easily feed a large group. Perfect for women's retreats and other large gatherings. We make up a couple with the beef and a couple without.

Ingredients

  • 12 Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 lb of ground beef or sausage
  • 24 oz jar - Spaghetti Sauce
  • 2 ½ C Shredded Cheese (any kind)

Instructions

    1. Make the noodles according to the package.

    2. Brown ground beef/sausage, drain, and add spaghetti sauce to it.

    3. Place a little of the meat sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Add a layer of noodles, then another layer of sauce, and then a layer of cheese. Start back with noodles and then continue layering until you end with cheese on top.

    4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. If you prepare these ahead of time and have them in the fridge, the time cooking might take a little longer.

Notes

Don't forget to add extras to your meal like a salad bar and desserts. As a side note, we try to make at least one without meat, too.

Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

4 oz

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 524mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 21g

Looking for more large group cooking options? Try these other recipes we use for our retreats:

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

Slow Cooker Taco Meat for Large Groups

Simplest Shredded Chicken Recipe Ever

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2 Comments

  1. It’s even easier if you don’t cook the noodles. Just add a little extra sauce. Make it the night before so it can absorb some of the sauce and bake as usual. I’ve been doing it this way for years and it works well. No need to buy any special noodles either. I just use the regular one. Try it and let me know.

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