• 1 cup ricotta
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 lasagna noodles, cooked al dente
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite tomato sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, parsley, garlic, tomato paste, salt and pepper until combined.
  4. Press three-fourths of the meat mixture into a loaf pan, pressing along the bottom and up the edges, forming a well in the middle.
  5. In the center of the meatloaf, layer a lasagna noodle, followed by the ricotta mixture and slices of mozzarella. Repeat layers, with the last layer being a lasagna noodle. Cover with remaining meat mixture to seal.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and flip over onto a sheet tray.
  8. Top with tomato sauce and slices of fresh mozzarella.
  9. Set oven to broil, and broil the meatloaf until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Slice and serve!