You can use ricotta cheese or cottage cheese (or a combination of both) to make this cheesy beef lasagna that holds together as you dish it out.
Aunt Shannon's Extra Cheesy Beef Lasagna
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Aunt Shannon's Extra Cheesy Beef Lasagna features up to four different cheeses and is a hearty meal the entire family will enjoy. 

Course: Entree
Keyword: cheesy beef lasagna
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Barbara
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. Add ground beef and brown.
  3. Once browned, add tomato paste and diced tomatoes (undrained). Stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside
  4. In a separate bowl, mix ricotta/cottage cheese, eggs, parsley, grated cheese, salt and pepper.
  5. 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.

  6. 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).

Recipe Notes

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.