- 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?"
"This has been a family favorite ever since I made it. It is fast, easy and delicious! We call it the bacon cheeseburger lasagna."
"This was good, and I'll make it again, but not on a regular basis."
"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!"
"Very greasy and thus rich for a dinner dish."
"This recipe was delicious. A co-worker ate 3 plates (so far). I made it with ground turkey instead of ground beef. Really delicious."