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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


  • 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


  • 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: 357 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 744mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein .

Reviews for Bacon-Colby Lasagna

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pusspuss01 246879
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"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."

dschultz01 245059
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

"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."

cardonahuffam 61130
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"My Favorite and a nice change"

Joscy 138956
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"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!"

grniis2 136769
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013

"What a great way to do Lasagna! Bacon always makes everything better. Has anyone tried to freeze the second lasagna for later use?"

Chewee 91825
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"This has been a family favorite ever since I made it. It is fast, easy and delicious! We call it the bacon cheeseburger lasagna."

lovemycoffee 132923
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"This was good, and I'll make it again, but not on a regular basis."

nhatalsky 91824
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"This recipe is one of my family's favorites! It's not nearly as time-consuming as a regular lasagna, and my kids love the bacon and Colby flavors together as a delicious change! We had one of my son's friends to dinner tonight, and he made me promise to share the recipe with his mom! Yum!"

bjeanmarak 78896
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"Very greasy and thus rich for a dinner dish."

lab7137 57846
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"This recipe was delicious. A co-worker ate 3 plates (so far). I made it with ground turkey instead of ground beef. Really delicious."

MelDW 57181
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2009

"My family loved this! I will be making this again. I did use the noodles that are no-cook, but they were a bit too crunchy around the edges. Next time I will be cooking the noodles before-hand."

mlandis16 91822
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2009

"I made this and the whole family enjoyed it! It was a great change from just regular lasagna!"

Squirrel62 132922
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2009

"This had a very nice flavor.

Keeper! Next time I will use a lb. of sweet sausage instead."

jenidavy 109261
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2008

"made this and it was very good. My husband said it was a keeper.


shiron 53713
Reviewed May. 17, 2008

"Recipe sounds delicious to me, if a little fattening cut back on calories tomorrow or take a long walk."

AZCoyote 78895
Reviewed May. 16, 2008

"This looks great... Will try asap...Not only that but if you "springboard" off this and hold back the sauce, tomatoes and noodles and add 1 dozen eggs you would have one heck of a Fritta..


lisajax 57180
Reviewed May. 16, 2008

"Why indeed."

gohogsgo 145722
Reviewed May. 16, 2008

"Why would someone write a comment about a comment when the comments are supposed to be about the recipe. What's the point of that other than to be snarky?"

lisajax 205952
Reviewed May. 16, 2008

"Why would someone write a comment about a dish they are unwilling to try? What's the point of that other than to be snarky?"

Suerte 145720
Reviewed May. 16, 2008

"Sounds absolutely, delicious, however; I will be unable to try it......way too fattening for us. I wonder if a turkey bacon would work as well..."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.