Aunt Shannon’s Extra Cheesy Beef Lasagna features up to four different cheeses and is a hearty meal the entire family will enjoy. You can use ricotta cheese or cottage cheese (or a combination of both) to make the cheese mixture that holds this lasagna together as you dish it out. This recipe also calls for classic noodles; the kind that you pre-boil before layering up the goodness of beef and cheese. But don’t worry, this recipe is still simple!
Aunt Shannon’s Extra Cheesy Beef Lasagna
The other night, Kevin casually mentioned in a (cough, cough) subtle way that he was craving lasagna, garlic bread and a glass of white wine. He must have had a hankering for beef and cheese! Lasagna isn’t something on their normal menu rotation, so Barbara pulled out her handy dandy family cookbook. This is her favorite gift from her bridal shower 10 years ago. (Can we have a round of applause for 10 years?)
Kevin’s Aunt Shannon shared her recipe for Extra Cheesy Beef Lasagna. It was a perfect choice to satisfy Kevin’s lasagna craving and for Barbara to use a pound of ground beef – a great protein choice the entire family will eat!
She pulled out a pound of Sumner Point Beef from the freezer. It cooks up really easy and usually doesn’t have a lot of grease to drain off before using. They sell several different boxes of freezer beef, including one with 15 pounds of ground beef. We also have some of their steak fajita packages still in the freezer that we are excited to try soon!
Barbara hasn’t had the best luck with lasagna over the years. Hers usually falls apart while trying to serve it. This version has an emphasis on the cheese, which binds it all together, so it holds up when serving. Easy Peasy!
We also love how it makes a big 13 x 9-inch pan so Barbara can get two meals out of it for her smaller family, but it is also perfect for a larger family with bigger eaters.
How to Make Extra Cheesy Beef Lasagna
See full recipe at the bottom of the post.
Cook and drain the lasagna noodles and set aside. Heat oil and add onion. Cook until soft and add garlic. After 30 seconds, add ground beef and brown. Add tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Stir and cook for 2 minutes and set aside. Mix together the remaining ingredients, except for mozzarella cheese. Layer starting with lasagna noodles, followed by cheese mixture, mozzarella and meat mixture. Then repeat layers ending with meat mixture. Bake and be sure to let rest for at least 15 minutes after you take it out of the oven.
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Aunt Shannon's Extra Cheesy Beef Lasagna features up to four different cheeses and is a hearty meal the entire family will enjoy.
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup onions diced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 2 cans tomato paste (6 oz. each)
- 1 can diced garlic, basil tomatoes (14.5 oz.)
- 3 cups ricotta cheese or cottage cheese your choice, a mixture works great too
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 lasagna noodles cooked until tender (do not overcook)
- 16 oz. shredded mozarrella cheese
Heat olive oil in a deep skillet over medium heat; add onions and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, approximately 30 seconds to a minute. Do not brown garlic.
Add ground beef and brown.
Once browned, add tomato paste and diced tomatoes (undrained). Stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside
In a separate bowl, mix ricotta/cottage cheese, eggs, parsley, grated cheese, salt and pepper.
Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Layer in order: 1/2 lasagna noodles, 1/2 cheese mixture, 1/2 shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/2 meat/tomato mixture. Repeat with remaining ingredients, ending with the meat mixture.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes. Let set for 15 minutes before serving, (this step is crucial if you don't want your lasagna to fall apart when serving).
NOTE: You can use ricotta cheese or cottage cheese or a combination of both in any ratio you prefer as long as it is 3 cups total.
Sumner Point Beef provided a box of their beef for us to try. All opinions in this post are our own, as always!