Monday, August 11, 2008


This lasagna is one of my specialties, a dish that everyone loves. I personally think it is the addition of cream cheese that makes it over the top. It makes a huge lasagna, enough to feed 8 hungry people. It sounds complicated but it really isn't.
  • 1 lb hamburger, I use 7%
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, medium
  • 1 onion diced if using a smaller onion, 1/2 if a large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • lasagna noodles
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can sliced olives, drained
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • rosemary, oregano, thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb shredded mozzarella
  • 1 lb shredded cheddar
  • 1 brick cream cheese
  • 1 small container low fat ricotta cheese
  • sliced mushrooms (optional)
In a non stick pan, add both meats and break apart with your fingers
cook until the meat is about 1/2 way thru cooking, drain as much grease off as you can and add the garlic and diced onion

when meat is nearly done cooking add the jar of spaghetti sauce, olives, mushrooms (if desired), can of tomato sauce, rosemary, oregano and thyme to taste as well as salt and pepper. Let sauce cook for about 20 minutes

spray the baking dish with pan spray

put a bit of the sauce on the bottom of your baking dish

add a layer of noodles, I use them dry and break them to fit my pan
add another layer of meat sauce

add dollops of your ricotta and cream cheese

add your shredded cheese mixture

add another layer of noodles and keep repeating until you have run out of ingredients. I finish with a layer of cheese.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, until bubbly
Let rest for 10 minutes and serve


Pam said...

Sounds and looks amazing. Nice job Cheryl.

Paula said...

Oh wow, I can see why everybody love it! I've never had cream cheese in lasagna before, but I tell ya, after recently trying that white sauce made with cream cheese posted on Taste and Tell's blog, I'm a firm follower! Great recipe, Cheryl!

Elizabeth F. said...

I love cream cheese! I will for sure have to give this recipe a try.

Jan said...

So you don't cook your lasagne pasta sheets before hand, I always have and it's very messy. I will have to try this. Thanks, Cheryl, looks great.

Raquel said...

I am like you, I never cook my pasta for "yawn-ya" as my son always called it! The cream cheese is a definite try! Much love - Raquel XO

Amy said...

I saw this yesterday and knew I had to make it. My bf was skeptical about the cream cheese but ended up saying it was pretty good. I thought it was really good and can't wait to have it for lunch today! I will be making this often!

Kevin said...

That lasagna looks really good! It has been too long since I last made lasagna. I like the sound of using the cream cheese in this one.

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