The Absolute Best Five-Cheese Lasagna Recipe

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This delicious Five-Cheese Lasagna recipe uses five superb kinds of cheese to elevate the original lasagne to a fabulous new level. A combination of Ricotta, Mozzarella, Gruyère, Parmesan, and Asiago results in the most delightful of cheesy dishes. You will also need meat sauce ( your own recipe or pre-prepared) and lasagna noodles to create this lasagne in just over an hour. 

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Five-Cheese Lasagna Recipe

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Lasagna – the ultimate pasta comfort dish, and famously loved by Garlfied (and me!)

It’s hard to imagine a classic lasagna recipe without lots of luscious cheese. Three of the most common types of cheese found in traditional lasagna recipes are mozzarella, ricotta, and Parmesan. This recipe builds on this delicious cheesy foundation with the addition of freshly grated Asiago and shredded Gruyère.

You can use your own meat sauce, or from a jar, or try the recipe for our Italian Meat Sauce. Make sure to allow time for that part of the recipe, especially if using our sauce as it needs 3-4 hours of simmering time (but is oh so worth it!).

You could also replace the meat sauce with a veggie sauce instead of a vegetarian option.

Lasagne is a dish that is a labor of love, and anyone who eats a plateful of this lasagna recipe will be in love with it!

Five Cheese Lasagne Recipe

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • Fresh Produce – Parsley
  • DairyRicotta, Mozzarella, Gruyère, Parmesan, Asiago. If you have problems sourcing Asiago, you can substitute with Pecarino Romano, Swiss Cheese, or even a Mild Cheddar.
  • Meat Sauceeither from a jar, your own homemade sauce, or try our One-Pot Chunky Italian Meat Sauce Recipe
  • Lasagna Noodlesyou can use either the no-boil or boil kind. I prefer the latter, as I find even though the no-boil kind is made to be use immediately, the pasta just doesn’t quite cook right.
  • Italian Seasoningthis recipe uses store-bought Italian Seasoning, but it is so easy to make your own herb mixes, especially if you already have a bunch of herbs and spices in your pantry already. Just mix equal measures of dried basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley, and thyme. You can also add a pinch of garlic granules or powder as well as red chili flakes if you like. Store in an airtight jar and use in recipes as required.

Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog. I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. Please note, you can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never mix imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, litres, etc.,).

Five Cheese Lasagna Recipe

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Five Cheese Lasagne Recipe

Recipe Tips

  • This recipe is easier to prepare if you have the meat sauce prepared ahead of time. (If you don’t have the time or inclination to do so, use your favorite prepared pasta sauce instead).
  • Fortunately, our One-Pot Chunky Italian Meat Sauce Recipe referred to in the recipe card can be made in large batches that freeze beautifully for future use.
  • For best results, pulse 4 cups of the chunky meat sauce in a food processor to get a more even consistency prior to using in this dish.
  • The key to keeping lasagna from getting soupy is to make sure your noodles are thoroughly dried before assembling.

How Do I Make Five-Cheese Lasagna?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Five Cheese Lasagna Recipe

The Best Five-Cheese Lasagna Recipe

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

This delicious Five-Cheese Lasagna recipe uses five superb kinds of cheese to elevate the original lasagne to a fabulous new level.


  • 4 cups meat sauce (homemade or from a jar)
  • 12 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package instructions and dried thoroughly
  • 1 (24-oz/680g) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 Tbsp Italian seasoning, divided
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 8-oz (225g) mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
  • 8-oz (225g) Gruyère cheese, shredded, divided
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, divided
  • ¾ cup Asiago cheese, freshly grated, divided


  1. Pre-heat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg, 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning, and fresh parsley. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Stir to combine and set aside.
  3. Spray a 13 x 9” glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Add enough meat sauce to cover the bottom of the pan in a thin layer and then cover with 3 lasagna noodles. Top with an even layer of the ricotta cheese mixture, followed by a layer of shredded mozzarella and Gruyere cheese, using equal amounts of each. Finish with a thin layer of grated Parmesan and Asiago cheese, also in equal amounts.

  4. Repeat this process three more times: meat sauce, noodles, ricotta mixture, shredded cheeses, and grated cheeses. Sprinkle the remaining Italian seasoning across the final layer.
  5. Loosely tent dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for another 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for 20 minutes before slicing. Serve topped with some freshly chopped parsley, if desired. Enjoy!


    Five Cheese Lasagna Recipe

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 844Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 157mgSodium: 1642mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 7gSugar: 15gProtein: 50g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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