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Bacon-Colby Lasagna Recipe

Bacon-Colby Lasagna Recipe

With both bacon and ground beef, this hearty dish is a real crowd-pleaser. The recipe came from my grandmother, now in her 80s. I've learned so much from helping her in the kitchen. —Cathy McCartney, Davenport, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing YIELD:24 servings


  • 24 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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 shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook noodles according to package directions for al dente; drain.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Bake, covered, 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
  • 5. Freeze option: Cool unbaked lasagnas; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake the lasagna as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. Yield: 2 lasagnas (12 servings each).

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 357 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 744mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.

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pusspuss01 User ID: 8525717 246879
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"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."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 245059
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

"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."

cardonahuffam User ID: 3287925 61130
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"My Favorite and a nice change"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 138956
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"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!"

grniis2 User ID: 5615142 136769
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013

"What a great way to do Lasagna! Bacon always makes everything better. Has anyone tried to freeze the second lasagna for later use?"

Chewee User ID: 5327292 91825
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"This has been a family favorite ever since I made it. It is fast, easy and delicious! We call it the bacon cheeseburger lasagna."

lovemycoffee User ID: 5806950 132923
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"This was good, and I'll make it again, but not on a regular basis."

nhatalsky User ID: 1457645 91824
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"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!"

bjeanmarak User ID: 5586479 78896
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"Very greasy and thus rich for a dinner dish."

lab7137 User ID: 4500500 57846
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"This recipe was delicious. A co-worker ate 3 plates (so far). I made it with ground turkey instead of ground beef. Really delicious."

MelDW User ID: 1805531 57181
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2009

"My family loved this! I will be making this again. I did use the noodles that are no-cook, but they were a bit too crunchy around the edges. Next time I will be cooking the noodles before-hand."

mlandis16 User ID: 3839918 91822
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2009

"I made this and the whole family enjoyed it! It was a great change from just regular lasagna!"

Squirrel62 User ID: 3801659 132922
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2009

"This had a very nice flavor.

Keeper! Next time I will use a lb. of sweet sausage instead."

jenidavy User ID: 2697359 109261
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2008

"made this and it was very good. My husband said it was a keeper.


shiron User ID: 512794 53713
Reviewed May. 17, 2008

"Recipe sounds delicious to me, if a little fattening cut back on calories tomorrow or take a long walk."

AZCoyote User ID: 971987 78895
Reviewed May. 16, 2008

"This looks great... Will try asap...Not only that but if you "springboard" off this and hold back the sauce, tomatoes and noodles and add 1 dozen eggs you would have one heck of a Fritta..


lisajax User ID: 2049890 57180
Reviewed May. 16, 2008

"Why indeed."

gohogsgo User ID: 3027114 145722
Reviewed May. 16, 2008

"Why would someone write a comment about a comment when the comments are supposed to be about the recipe. What's the point of that other than to be snarky?"

lisajax User ID: 2049890 205952
Reviewed May. 16, 2008

"Why would someone write a comment about a dish they are unwilling to try? What's the point of that other than to be snarky?"

Suerte User ID: 2058474 145720
Reviewed May. 16, 2008

"Sounds absolutely, delicious, however; I will be unable to try it......way too fattening for us. I wonder if a turkey bacon would work as well..."

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