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Crowd-Pleasing Angry Lasagna Recipe

Angry Lasagna is a slightly spicy meat sauce with smokey mozzarella cheese!
This post was updated on 05/16/2021
Angry Lasagna Recipe

Angry Lasagna is the crowd-pleasing deliciously smokey, slightly spicy lasagna recipe you need in your life!

While it’s a bit of a process to make, you can do it in stages, and it’s even best if you make it the day before.

slice of angry lasagna on a spatula

Make this when you have a house full.

Or make this, and freeze the leftovers.

You could make this and take some to your neighbor.

angry lasagna served on a wooden plate

Why Is It Called ANGRY Lasagna?

Angry lasagna uses a type of meat sauce that is similar to Arrabbiata sauce, which has crushed red pepper flakes in it.
Arrabbiata is Italian for angry, hence the name!
Another reason is that each element of the angry lasagna recipe uses a smokey or spicy component.
Either way, make this lasagna recipe and see for yourself!

What is in Angry Lasagna?

  • Beef
  • Sausage
  • Arrabbiata Sauce (which is made with fire-roasted tomatoes!)
  • Smoked Mozzarella
  • Lasagna Noodles
  • Ricotta

How do you make Angry Lasagna?

We have a few stages to this meal, and you’ll want to start them a few days ahead of time. (While that sounds incredibly laborious, it’s not! It actually goes quicker if you make it in stages!)

pan of angry lasagna recipe

First Stage: Making the Sauce.

dutch oven with sausage and ground beef in it

Making the sauce is a simple step of browning the ground beef and sausage together. I like to use this handy kitchen gadget to break up the meat.

ground beef cooked with onions in a dutch oven

Strain the fat out of the pot and add in chopped onions. Sweat these out until they are translucent.

grating garlic over pot of sausage and beef with onions for angry lasagna

You’ll add in 4-6 cloves of garlic. I prefer to grate my garlic using a Microplane, right over the pot. Once the garlic is fragrant, which takes about 5 seconds, add in your spices: Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

spices are added to the meat for angry lasagna

Stir these around to ‘bloom’ them and get them going.

cooked lasagna meat with tomato paste

Add your tomato paste and stir it around for a minute or two so the tomato can cook a bit.

tomato paste meat for lasagna with wine

Next, you’ll add a cup or so of red wine. Choose something you like drinking, and pour yourself a glass!

tomatoes, fire-roasted canned tomatoes, and meat sauce for lasagna in a dutch oven

Then you’ll add a combo of fire-roasted tomatoes, a jar of regular pasta sauce (I prefer Rao’s Sauce!), and let this simmer for a while with a bay leaf. This sauce should be fairly thick, and not sloppy like bolognese sauce.

The sauce is better if you do this a couple of days in advance. The lasagna tastes better if you bake it the day before, so having a day for the sauce’s flavor to develop is helpful.

Side Note: you can make the sauce and the lasagna all in one day, and then reheat the next to serve. It is absolutely delicious that way.

Second Stage: Gathering all the Parts.

ricotta, egg, and cheese mixture for lasagna

This next stage is simple: you’ll gather your noodles and cheeses. I prefer to hand-grate cheese, so this is why this is an extra stage. Smoked Mozzarella can be found in the *nice* section of the grocery store with fresh mozzarella. You’ll want to grate this on a box grater or in a food processor. You can mix the ricotta up with the eggs and parmesan and if you’re not making it then, just add it to a container and place it in the fridge.

layering lasagna in a pan before cooking

Third Stage: Assembling the Lasagna.

You’ll want to choose a very deep dish to bake this in. I prefer the foil pans since it’s easy to clean up! I keep these in bulk in my pantry!

The process is simple, no need to heat anything up since you’re baking it all together.

  1. Spray the *junk* out of the pan with cooking spray. Place on a half-sheet tray: for added structure and in case it spills over…
  2. Add in a scoop of sauce on the bottom, giving the noodles something to hold onto, and a layer between them and the foil pan. Remember, foil pans are thin, so if you put just noodles on the bottom they would burn.
  3. Now, add in a layer of noodles. These can be the no-cook lasagna noodles, or you can precook them.
  4. Add another layer of sauce.
  5. Smear a layer of ricotta.
  6. Sprinkle a layer of mozzarella cheese.
  7. Do this whole thing a couple of more times. You need at least three layers of noodles.
  8. On the last layer of noodles, pour the rest of the sauce on top.
  9. Cover in mozzarella cheese.
  10. Spray a piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray, and cover the lasagna.
fully layered lasagan in a big white pan with lots of cheese on top

Finally, you’ll bake this whole shebang in the oven until it’s piping hot in the center.

Ever wondered “How long do I bake lasagna?” This post will tell you how to long to bake frozen, fresh, and homemade lasagnas!

Here are a few tips for baking Angry Lasagna:

  • My preferred method is to put the lasagna in a cold oven. (This goes for when you’re reheating the next day, too!) Then, I’ll set the oven’s temperature to 375˚ – when you add it to a cold oven, it helps the lasagna heat more evenly, leaving less room for hot/cold spots.
  • Bake with the foil on until the last few minutes. Then, crank your broiler on and stand to watch the cheese melt.
  • Once your angry lasagna is brown and bubbly, remove it from the oven and let it rest for at least 15 minutes. <<< Why you ask?? You know how you cut into a casserole and the whole thing runs out?? Just like you need to let the juices of steak and chicken rest and ‘go back in,’ you need to do that same with casseroles. If the lasagna is heated properly, you’ll scoop a serving and it will still be steaming hot, and not run all over the place. Yay!

If this lasagna recipe seems too daunting, try this Cheese and Pasta in a Pot recipe! It’s not quite as labor intensive as lasagna!

What should you serve with Angry Lasagna? 

Easy Garlic Bread

If you need a simple appetizer recipe, serve this Caesar Dip with a plate full of raw veggies! Best part is you can make it a few days in advance, then just pull it out when you need it!

Another great option is Italian Bread Dip! You’ll love this one if you’re a fan of the oil and herb dipping blend you find in some restaurants!


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the best lasagna recipe, ever

Crowd-Pleasing Angry Lasagna Recipe

  • Author: Sweetpea


Firey, delightfully delicious lasagna recipe everyone loves! And it makes no one angry!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 large yellow onion, small dice
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasonings
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1+ cup red wine (such as Pinot Noir)
  • 2 cans fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (I prefer Rao’s brand. But, if you want to make your own, by all means.)
  • Ricotta Mixture
  • 1 large tub of ricotta cheese
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound grated mozzarella (I prefer the Kraft brand, with the cream cheese added)
  • 8 ounces grated (fresh) smoked mozzarella (the expensive cheese. from the *nice* section of the store.)
  • Cooked lasagna noodles


  1. Brown meats in a large Dutch oven. (I purchase lean meat, so there is usually no extra grease to be drained.
  2. If so, drain/scoop out before adding onions!)
  3. Add diced onions with meat, and sauté until translucent.
  4. Grate garlic over onion/meat mixture with a micro plane.
  5. Add dry spices in. Stir to cook for a few seconds.
  6. Add tomato paste and allow to cook for a couple minutes.
  7. Pour in wine and stir.
  8. Add canned tomatoes and sauce and let simmer for 20 minutes. ((This is a GREAT bolognese sauce served over pasta. Better if you make a day ahead.))
  9. Mix ricotta, eggs, and cheese and set aside.
  10. Cook noodles according to package. (Most of the time, I don’t follow the package instructions…. I place the noodles in a 9×13 and pour hot water from my kettle over top. Cover while you are mixing the ricotta, etc and when you go to layer the noodles will be slightly cooked. They finish cooking in the lasagna.)
  11. In a LARGE, DEEP pan assemble your lasagna. (I own a legit lasagna pan…. If you don’t, just use the foil pans sold in the grocery aisles! A usual 9×13 is not big enough.)
  12. Layer One: Sauce + Noodles + Ricotta + Sauce + Cheese
  13. Layer Two: Noodles + Sauce + Ricotta + Cheese
  14. Layer Three: Noodles + Sauce + Cheese
  15. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, covered. During the last ten minutes, remove the foil and brown the cheese. (You could always use the broiler! Just watch and be careful!)
  16. Once browned and bubbly, let the lasagna sit a good 10-15 minutes. Otherwise, when you cut into it, the sauce and everything will just run all over.


**If you are planning to freeze this, freeze unbaked. Let thaw in the fridge 48 hours prior to baking. Place in a COLD oven, on a rimmed sheet pan. Set oven to 375˚ and let bake for one hour. Last ten minutes remove the foil covering, and bake until brown and bubbly!***

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If this seems way too over the top, and definitely not your choice for an Italian meal… Give this TikTok Spaghetti Recipe a try!

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  1. Yum, yum, yum! This is perfect for when we have company, especially for us light-eating vegetarians when we have college students or hungry men over!

    1. I have never frozen it! I have made it a few days in advance. I would say this: let it thaw in the fridge for a couple days. Then, place the baking dish on a jelly roll pan (or something with sides, in case of spillage!), and place in a COLD oven. That way, your baking dish comes up to heat without possibility of cracking. And as always, let it rest a few minutes before cutting into it!

    1. If you use a foil lasagna pan they’re 13 14/” x 9 5/8″ x 2 3/4″ – I own the Bobby Flay lasagna pan, sold at Kohl’s, and it’s 13x9x4.

  2. I made this for dinner and I was very surprised by the all the flavor. I ended up freezing half of it because it was just me and my husband at dinner —-and it froze very well. So now I have dinner for another day and that makes me happy! Less work with a great taste.

    1. Swap out the noodles for zucchini (or steamed cabbage leaves!), and you’ve got a low carb friendly lasagna!

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