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Make-Ahead Cheeseburger Lasagna

make-ahead cheeseburger lasagna Entree Italian
Make-Ahead Cheeseburger Lasagna
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 10 hr 5 min
  • Servings 8

Combine the fantastic flavors of lasagna and cheeseburgers in an ooey-gooey good casserole!

Updated July 2, 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2
    lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 3
    tablespoons instant minced onion
  • 1
    can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2
    cups water
  • 1/2
    cup ketchup
  • 1
    tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1
    egg
  • 1
    container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
  • 2
    cups shredded Cheddar-American cheese blend (8 oz)
  • 12
    uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1
    cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
  • 1
    cup shredded lettuce
  • 1
    medium tomato, sliced, if desired
  • 1/2
    cup dill pickle slices, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is brown; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, water, ketchup and mustard. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat egg with fork or wire whisk. Stir in ricotta cheese and 2 cups of the cheese blend.
  • 3
    Spread 1 cup beef mixture over bottom of baking dish. Top with 4 uncooked noodles. Spread half of the ricotta mixture over noodles; top with 1 1/2 cups beef mixture. Repeat layers once with 4 noodles, remaining ricotta mixture and 1 1/2 cups beef mixture. Top with remaining 4 noodles, beef mixture and 1 cup Cheddar cheese. Cover with foil; refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • 4
    Heat oven to 350°F. Bake lasagna, covered, 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 25 to 35 minutes longer or until bubbly. Remove from oven. Cover with foil; let stand 5 to 10 minutes before cutting.
  • 5
    Just before serving, top with lettuce, tomato and pickles. Serve with additional ketchup if desired.

  • Uncooked noodles will bake to a slightly chewy texture. For softer texture, omit the water and use cooked noodles.
  • Although this recipe is super to make ahead, you can bake it right away, too. Just cover the dish with foil and bake as directed.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
570
Calories from Fat
270
% Daily Value
Total Fat
29g
45%
Saturated Fat
16g
78%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
140mg
47%
Sodium
1050mg
44%
Potassium
630mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate
38g
13%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
9g
Protein
38g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
40%
40%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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