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Cream Cheese and Swiss Lasagna Recipe

Cream Cheese and Swiss Lasagna Recipe

I like to fix the chunky meat sauce for this dish the day before, so the flavors can blend. It serves 12, unless you have big eaters who will definitely want seconds. —Betty Pearson, Edgewater, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + simmering Bake: 55 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 9 no-cook lasagna noodles
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the beef, sausage and onion until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  • 2. Spread 1 cup sauce in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with three noodles. Drop a third of the cream cheese by teaspoonfuls over the top. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella and 2/3 cup each of Parmesan cheese and Swiss cheese; spoon a third of the remaining sauce over the top. Repeat with layers of noodles, cheeses and sauce twice (dish will be full). Place dish on a baking sheet.
  • 3. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 522 calories, 31g fat (17g saturated fat), 118mg cholesterol, 1196mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 35g protein .

Reviews for Cream Cheese and Swiss Lasagna

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cynkuen
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"This is my favorite lasagna recipe! It is so decadent that I make it only for Christmas Eve. I usually make 2 of these; one as written and another one a vegetarian version. To make a vegetarian version, I substitute two packages of mushrooms, a chopped carrot and one container of frozen spinach (thawed and drained). I saute the mushrooms with the onions and carrots until most of the moister is evaporated. I also add 1/2 tsp fennel seeds to the sauce because that is what I like about the Italian sausage."

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pajamaangel
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"Made this with gluten free pasta and absolutely loved it. I was skeptical at first about the cream cheese and the swiss, but what a hit!"

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aamundson
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"I modified this recipe using mushrooms instead of the meat to make it vegetarian. The different cheeses make it an excellent variation of your typical lasagna."

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tarawalker
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"Absolutely loved this recipe. I used Johnsonville sweet italian sausage and added a few slices of provolone. To die for!"

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katiebuginga
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

"my husband and all our friends beg me to make this!!!!"

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deannasnz
Reviewed May. 8, 2012

"This is delicious! It's also easier than my usual lasagna. I will make this often."

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MissusJenn
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"My husband and I both loved this lasagne. This is "our" lasagne recipe now.

It is very rich, so you can't eat too much at a time, but with a nice side salad it is perfect."

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LadySullen
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"Like some other reviewers, I thought the Swiss cheese would be strange in lasagna. Duh! It was really great with the other cheeses. I used more than the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella on the top because I had about a cup left over after all the layering. It got beautiful and chewy in the oven. This is a definite keeper. Yummity! Yum! Yum!"

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MerriJP
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"This has to be the best lasagna I have ever tasted! So yummy!"

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tiger1ily
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"Best lasagna I have ever had! I only used one lb ground beef. And I don't know what bulk italian sausage is, so I just used ground breakfast sausage. Other than that, I made it just like it says. Absolutely delicious!!! This will definitely be a family favorite! My 2 year and 1 year old loved it, too!!!"

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Sherrieboudinot
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"EXCELLENT!!!"

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studentcooker
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"I made this recipe for a Sunday lunch and we all LOVED IT!!"

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farmmath
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2011

"This recipe is awesome! My husband says there is no need to try any other lasagnas!"

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uut4690
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"My family loved it. I loved it. It was easy to make ahead of time. I made up the night before. It makes a lot. Leftovers are wonderfull too."

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chyopponen
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

"Absolute best lasagna I ever had. So creamy and delicious."

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ojc0806
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"Excellent my husband doesn't like cottage cheese so this was great for him. I used neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese to decrease the fat might try fat free cream cheese next time."

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wholland88
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"This is good, but VERY rich. I think that the sausage, combined with all of the cheese is a bit too much. I would probably make it again, but use only hamburger and probably half the amount of cream cheese. Also, the recipe calls for salt, which, when combined with the sausage, just makes it too salty. I may still include it if I leave out the sausage, but with the sausage, you definitely don't need any additional salt."

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7264se
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"It was so good...definantly will make it every time I am in the mood for lasagna...every1 loved it."

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kalenapa
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"I am 55 and this is the second lasagna I ever made the 1st was 25 years ago and I have never made one since. I said what the heck and tried this recipe, made a few little changes, My guy said this was the best Lasagna he ever ate, I second that. I am now not afraid to make lasagna, Thanks Excellent, Oh I used Chorizo for my meat, and added sweet red peppers."

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mythyagain@yahoo.com
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"For some reason, I didn't really like this lasagna. I think if I were to make it again, I would decrease the cream cheese slightly."

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hrmp1984
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"This is my favorite lasagna hands down."

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wehamlett
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"I had never tried making lasagna with cream cheese. It has so much more flavor than with Ricotta or Cottage cheese. I was afraid the flavor of the Swiss cheese would be overpowering but it wasn't, all the flavor blended nicely. My new favorite!"

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dburtch
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"My family get upset if I don't use cream cheese in my lasagna. It is the best. Especially the next day!!!"

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tinalynnh
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"omg read! ya cook the meat in the pot and layer the meat, cheese and sause in the PAN. hey this is great. i like cottage cheese myself. i like the swiss. great flavor!!!!!!!!!!! will make again for my family"

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Moose Miss
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"The Dutch Oven is just a large pot used to make the sauce. Lasagna is assembled and cooked in a 13 x 9 baking dish. Haven't made this yet but sounds good."

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posmom
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"Sounds great, because I don't like the ricotta/cottage cheese most recipes use.

A dutch oven is just a big pot...mine is 5 quarts so use waht ever large pan you have."

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lizalyssa
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"What if you don't have a Dutch Oven? How would I cook this in a regular Oven."

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heresmeliag
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"I have just one word to say.... GREAT !"

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dmv60
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"I tried it for a change of pace, but didn't enjoy it. I guess I will stick with good old-fashioned lasagna."

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AEARNEY
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"Absolutely my family's favorite lasagna!"

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Isaiah55.6
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"I make this all the time, for the family and gatherings, I have never had a complaint only complements that it was the best lasagna they had ever had!!!"

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kengen
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"Fanatastic, my family loved."

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Seminoles
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"I was a little unsure about trying Swiss cheese in a lasagna but I'm sure glad I did. We loved it! My husband said it gave the lasagna that extra "zing". It made a lot - I was glad because it tasted even better the second night. This one's a keeper!"

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Rubles
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"This is a new family favorite. We were unsure of the cream cheese, but after making it now love this better than any other kind of lasagna!"

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mrskay9
Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"We all liked it. It took a while to make it, but it's rich taste was nice. I'd make it again."

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quinter
Reviewed May. 12, 2010

"My family LOVED this lasagna recipe. They all said it was the best they ever had! This is the new family favorite!"

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aug2295
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2010

"Loved this - my 4 year old doesn't like ricotta and this lasagna worked out great. It's hard to pick up on the subtle difference the cream cheese makes, but it's definitely there."

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tarawalker
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2010

"This is the best lasagna recipe that I have ever had!"

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manuahs
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2010

"I made this lasagna and my husband loved it! I even had a 6 year old picky eater ask for seconds! This is phenomenal! Into my favorites it goes!"

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lindallang
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

"I've tried quite a few lasagna recipes, and this is the best lasagna I've ever made."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.