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Tomato-French Bread Lasagna Recipe
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Tomato-French Bread Lasagna Recipe

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For a big hearty meal, I make this recipe as a side dish to go with veal cutlets or a roast. But you could also serve the beefy lasagna as a main dish. Just pair it with a tossed green salad and loaf of garlic bread. —Patricia Collins, Imbler, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 14 slices French bread (1/2 inch thick)
  • 4 large tomatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 280 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 500 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 17 g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef, onion, celery and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink; drain and set aside. Toast bread; line the bottom of an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish with 10 slices. Top with half of the meat mixture and half of the tomatoes.
  2. Combine seasonings; sprinkle half over tomatoes. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil. Crumble remaining bread over top. Repeat layers of meat, tomatoes, seasonings and oil.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in milk; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in Parmesan. Pour over casserole. Top with mozzarella. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is golden brown. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Tomato-French Bread Lasagna in Country Woman July/August 1996, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 280 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 500 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 17 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

"We made this and added lots of tomato sauce as it is quite dry. The taste is just ok."

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015


Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"Very Good will make again!"

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2014

"This was very good! I made a couple of substitutions--bulk Italian sausage instead of hamburger, and 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning for the parsley/oregano/rosemary. Also--we don't like our cheese browned, so I added the mozzarella during the last 5 minutes. You have to use local summer tomatoes in this--that great fresh flavor really shines in this dish!"

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

"I'm eager to try this as a lunch dish. And I would think leftovers could be reheated by flipping over and putting all under the broiler just long enough to brown the bottom slices of bread? I'm NOT a lover of the noodles in traditional lasagne - too much dough - so this sounds like a great alternative. I will use Italian sausage instead of hamburger - and maybe a smidgen of canned pasta/pizza sauce?"

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