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Bacon-Colby Lasagna Recipe

Bacon-Colby Lasagna Recipe

With both bacon and ground beef, this hearty dish is a real crowd-pleaser. The recipe came from my grandmother, now in her 80s. I've learned so much from helping her in the kitchen. —Cathy McCartney, Davenport, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 24 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 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

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook noodles according to package directions for al dente; drain.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Bake, covered, 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
  • 5. 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).

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 384 calories, 21 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 806 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.