- 24 uncooked lasagna noodles
- 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1-1/2 pounds bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 8 cups (2 pounds) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
- Preheat oven to 350°. Cook noodles according to package directions for al dente; drain.
- In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook beef and onions over medium-high heat 10-12 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in bacon, tomato sauce, tomatoes, sugar and salt; heat through.
- Spread 1 cup sauce into each of two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Layer each with four noodles, 1-2/3 cups sauce and 1-1/3 cups cheese. Repeat layers twice.
- Bake, covered, 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
- Freeze option: Cool unbaked casseroles; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casseroles as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. Yield: 2 casseroles (12 servings each).
Medium-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.
Reviews for Bacon-Colby Lasagna
"This really has a good flavor, but next time I will make a few changes. I will add some spices - oregano, basil, parsley and also add a little extra sauce. I found that a 13x9 was actually too big, so I used a little bit smaller pan and only 9 noodles. For that size pan, it just wasn't enough meat and sauce. I did not have a can of diced tomatoes, so I substituted an extra can of tomato sauce. I also cooked the noodles, as I've never had any luck with adding uncooked noodles. I also intend to only use 3 cups of cheese, as I felt it was a little too much."
"Good lasagna recipe. Nice alternative to the standard. I really liked the taste that the bacon added to it. Careful when dividing up the sauce for each layer. I measured everything exactly as written, but came up short for the final layer of sauce. Not sure why. Still came out great, though."
"My Favorite and a nice change"
"My husband is very much a bacon and colby cheese fella. Since we're empty nesters, will cut back recipe for 4 servings. I doubt very much there would be leftovers!"
"What a great way to do Lasagna! Bacon always makes everything better. Has anyone tried to freeze the second lasagna for later use?"