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Carrabba’s Lasagna Copycat Recipe

If you are looking for a simple recipe, this isn’t it. However, this recipe embraces the food I love the most…Italian. And even better, this recipe is the Copy cat recipe for Carrabba’s Lasagne.

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Carrabbas Lasagna on a plate with a fork - copycat recipe made at home.

The first thing you will need to do is make the marinara sauce. If you didn’t know, marinara comes from Fishermen (mariners) and they would make this sauce to go with seafood while out on the boat!

Carrabba's Copycat lasagna recipe

You will need a double batch of the recipe below.

Carrabba's lasagna copycat recipe on a plate with a fork.

Carrabba’s Marinara Sauce Copycat Recipe

Carrabba’s copycat marinara sauce perfect for Carrabba’s Copycat lasagne

  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 scallions (green and white chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 can whole or diced tomatoes in juice (28oz)
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1/4 ts red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 ts ground black pepper
  1. ) heat oil in saucepan over med heat. Add onion and cook approx 5 minutes. Add scallions and garlic. Cook for about 1-2 minutes.
  2. ) Add wine. Pour in tomatoes and juice and crush tomatoes w/ your fingers. If you use diced, you dont need to do that. Add oregano, hot pepper flakes and pepper. Simmer. Reduce heat to med-low and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remember to stir often

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Please note that this lasagne is a very simple recipe but a long process to set up. You can use pasta sheets or pasta noodles, depending on what you have.

Carrabba's lasagna recipe

Ingredients for Carrabba’s Lasagna:

  • olive oil for pan and lasagne sheets/noodles
  • 1 1/2 pounds of sweet sausage or hot Italian sausage, casings removed. You can substitute for 85% lean beef
  • 5 fresh lasagne sheets or 3 lasagne noodles for each layer (15)
  • 7 cups of your marinara sauce
  • 2 cups Parmesan ( I only use fresh)
  • 1 pound of mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 pounds of ricotta
  • parsley for garnish

1) Pre-heat oven to 350 and oil a 13×9 inch pan

2) Cook sausage or meat breaking up. Drain any fat and set aside.

3) Boil water and add lasagne sheets or noodles till al dente. Approx 2-3 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Toss the sheets with 2 Tbsp of olive oil to prevent sticking.

4) Spread 3/4 cup of your sauce on the bottom of the baking dish, add your noodle sheet, sprinkle with 1/4 of the mozzarella, Parm, and sausage, and dot place your ricotta. Top with another 3/4 cup of marinara sauce. Repeat 3 times. Top the final sheet with 1 cup of marinara and the rest of your Parmesan.

5) Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 30 minutes. Let stand for 15 min before serving.

6) There should be leftover marinara. You can reheat and add before serving with a little parsley.

Carrabba's copycat lasagna

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19 thoughts on “Carrabba’s Lasagna Copycat Recipe”

  1. Carrabba’s published their lasagna recipe previously. This recipe is similar to the recipe I obtained from Carrabba’s. I used their recipe and made a batch of their lasagna. It took a long time to make but was very tasty. However, the lasagna did not taste the same as the lasagna they serve in their restaurants. There are one or more ingredients which are not included in their recipe. I have been trying to figure out what the missing ingredients might be. The missing ingredient isn’t in this recipe either.

    Does anyone have any idea what the missing ingredient(s) might be? I am wondering if they include sour cream in their lasagna. Their lasagna seems to have some “twang” to it.

  2. We love Carrabba’s and we love their lasagna so I’m excited to try it at home. We had a wait staff suggest to us to request their meat sauce rather than the marinara sauce and it was so much better to us. Do you by chance have a copy-cat of their meat sauce recipe? Thanks so much!!

  3. Sounds delish. The picture looks like they put double noodles on each layer. Is that a picture of there lazagna?

  4. im headed to the grocery now to buy all i need going to fix it tonight for my future wife looks devine hope she likes it

  5. Unfortunately, there are no Carrabba’s Restaurants in West Virginia. I’ve been seeing commercials though and wish there was. The nearest are in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee. Oh well, that gives me a very good reason to try it.

  6. This sounds excellent!
    But…At the beginning of the instructions, be sure to say 3/4 CUP of marinara in the bottom of the pan. I haven’t made your recipe yet, but reading through it that became obvious to me, but maybe not other people.

  7. Ok, finally got a chance to make this! It was devine. It was a hit with our family and we even made another one for a family member with a sick child. I actually am pregnant and was feeling sick while making it, so what I did was throw all the marinara into a crock pot on high for maybe 3-4 hours and laid down hoping for the best! haha! It was fabulous and super easy! Thank you again, we will be making this often!

  8. boooo! I was so excited to make this recipe and got all the items, but now as Im starting to cook, I noticed you need double the recipe for mariana. This stinks! Now what will be for dinner…sighs….can you please put that in BOLD so no one else makes that mistake.

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