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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


  • 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


  • 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 User ID: 2647241 240078
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."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 215000
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!"

aamundson User ID: 3920376 145956
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."

tarawalker User ID: 3237920 109690
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

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

katiebuginga User ID: 4597589 189676
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

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

deannasnz User ID: 6542477 119797
Reviewed May. 8, 2012

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

MissusJenn User ID: 4390103 128286
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."

LadySullen User ID: 3595759 119796
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!"

MerriJP User ID: 4487998 211466
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

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

tiger1ily User ID: 4072547 145954
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!!!"

Sherrieboudinot User ID: 604277 174782
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011


studentcooker User ID: 6266441 105862
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

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

farmmath User ID: 1277470 145953
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2011

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

uut4690 User ID: 3515825 189675
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."

chyopponen User ID: 3922841 189460
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

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

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 186228
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."

wholland88 User ID: 5098678 189459
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."

7264se User ID: 5345042 117301
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

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

kalenapa User ID: 5452739 105848
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."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1202636 109689
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."

hrmp1984 User ID: 4972165 109688
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"This is my favorite lasagna hands down."

wehamlett User ID: 4723897 145921
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!"

dburtch User ID: 5419097 186620
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!!!"

tinalynnh User ID: 4415645 188154
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"

Moose Miss User ID: 3305307 189458
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."

posmom User ID: 468127 211465
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."

lizalyssa User ID: 5744921 186225
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

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

heresmeliag User ID: 3089435 188153
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

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

dmv60 User ID: 4942727 189457
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."

AEARNEY User ID: 5463805 174780
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"Absolutely my family's favorite lasagna!"

Isaiah55.6 User ID: 4946000 188152
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!!!"

kengen User ID: 4048264 188150
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"Fanatastic, my family loved."

Seminoles User ID: 1412865 169379
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!"

Rubles User ID: 5557788 105847
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!"

mrskay9 User ID: 1118860 109687
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."

quinter User ID: 5117332 119795
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!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 105845
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."

tarawalker User ID: 3237920 119793
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2010

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

manuahs User ID: 2475434 119792
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!"

lindallang User ID: 4226578 128263
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.