Cheesy Lasagna Recipe
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Cheesy Lasagna Recipe

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The four different types of cheese make this lasagna a real crowd-pleaser. You can vary the amount of mozzarella, Monterey Jack, provolone and Parmesan to suit your preference. For our family, the more cheese, the better.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 ounces sliced provolone cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 368 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 398mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein .


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato paste, water, brown sugar, oregano, vinegar and garlic powder.
  2. In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, spread 1 cup of meat sauce. Layer with three noodles, 1 cup meat sauce and mozzarella cheese; three noodles, 1 cup meat sauce and Monterey Jack cheese; three noodles, 1 cup meat sauce, provolone cheese and the Parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Cheesy Lasagna in Country Woman March/April 2004, p33

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sbest 131354
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014 Edited Feb. 15, 2014

"This is the only lasagna recipe I use. I modify it using store bought Marinara sauce instead of the vinegar, brown sugar, water, and paste most times, but I love it every time! I have had a few requests for the recipe. Some people enjoy it when I add extra sauce. We all enjoy the fact that we do not use ricotta cheese, and it is still so great!!"

leeaahh 107686
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"I really enjoyed this recipe. I did find that I was needing more sauce, so I added in two additional cans of tomato paste. This turned out perfect. The next time I make this, I will substitute out one of the cheeses for rocotti cheese."

deannasnz 107685
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"Next time I'd skip the parmesan because I don't think it added much."

Mrs Smartie Pants 67540
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"I made this recipe for my in-laws on Thanksgiving and everyone loved it! It makes a lot, sometimes I make 2 8x8 pans and freeze one for later."

Mrs Smartie Pants 91496
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"Great variation to a typical lasagna. I'm not a huge fan of ricotta cheese, so the four cheeses used here are a great alternative. It also makes a lot, so the recipe could be divided into 2-8x8 pans and one of the pans frozen for later use. My family loved this!"

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