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Tomato-French Bread Lasagna Recipe

Tomato-French Bread Lasagna Recipe

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. YIELD: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 whole milk
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese


  • 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: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 280 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 500mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.

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Debrah7344 User ID: 4523245 249992
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2016

"This recipe sounded delicious but was a complete flop. I will not make it again."

newbury56 User ID: 8789466 246624
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"Lovely tasty dinner for family and friends need to use bigger french slices of bread next time."

[email protected] User ID: 7564909 243113
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"Made recipe as stated, only added jar of spaghetti sauce about 24 oz, right in the middle of the casserole (before the repeat layers). Very flavorful and with the added sauce (as others suggest) it is not dry at all."

KathyGillis User ID: 1292257 231395
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

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

pfernand User ID: 8469034 231119
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015


shiller User ID: 1480456 215782
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"Very Good will make again!"

kimb0 User ID: 7108367 8028
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!"

SimpleFoods User ID: 7160373 11098
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?"

JLinnGS User ID: 4301775 9932
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2014

"We really did not care for this recipe at all. I will not be making this again. It was a tomato-french bread "something" but not lasagna, at least not to us, sorry!"

advancr User ID: 5182240 11500
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"Made this a few months ago with our garden tomatoes. It was a hit! Will make again."

blessedhomemaker User ID: 1012239 23994
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"Great recipe!"

HoMiPa User ID: 6718919 3760
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"Most of the time I try a recipe as written first - which in this case, I did. This was good, but I, as others, found the toast to be dry. I think next time I will pour the sauce over the first layer of tomatoes, and only put the shredded moz on the top layer. Hopefully that will allow the sauce to get down to the toast while in the oven. This tasted great though - nice and fresh, since I used the last of the tomatoes from my garden."

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 6401
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"Had this for dinner tonight, and there is hardly any left, my family loved it!!! It was a nice change from a traditional noodle and red sauce based lasagna. The seasonings and the tomatoes gave it a really fresh taste. Added this recipe to my favorites!"

linlin5050 User ID: 5587959 200917
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

"The bread was the problem with recipe, the bottom of the bread was to toasted and dry, and did soaked enough of the sauce to blend the rest of ingredients."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 8026
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

"Great recipe to use up garden tomatoes! (I also used fresh basil.) Husband had two helpings....and I enjoyed the leftovers as well. For additional flavor, may use a bit of crumbled sausage, in addition to the ground beef."

Seminoles User ID: 1412865 11601
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"Was delicious just as written, although next time I would probably do as some others and substitute at least half of the ground beef with Italian sausage. My kids didn't care for it reheated since the toasted French bread got sort of mushy."

Whozanne User ID: 7139162 8025
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2013

"We liked the recipe, but agreed it needed either a cup of tomato sauce mixed in with the meat, or more alfredo sauce, layered into the lasagna instead of covering it. Also, I was out of rosemary, so I used a touch more basil. Flavor was good overall, just a touch too dry."

SwimCathy User ID: 4061162 10267
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"I am very pleased with dish after an early sample since I had to have a taste before my anti-tomato husband gets home. I am predicting this will be a winner for him because of the composition of the recipe. He will be able to avoid the tomatoes yet I can still enjoy them. (I used my own fresh herbs and home grown tomatoes.)"

SwimCathy User ID: 4061162 6399
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"I really like this dish. I couldn't wait for my husband to get home andi had to have a sample. He does not like tomatoes, with the composition of this dish, he can avoid them"

MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 10265
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"I made this for supper tonight and my husband loved it. I loved it because it was easy to prepare. I used Italian sausage instead of ground beef, and French toast bread instead of French bread - just because that was what I had in the house. Since it was only the two of us, I have leftovers. Hope it warms up well - maybe I can report back."

1234stolz User ID: 2174635 23993
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"This was very good. Followed the recipe as written except I added a little Italian sausage to the hamburger and it turned out wonderful. Everyone liked it will make it again."

jewellmrs User ID: 219632 14754
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

"Question? For those of you have tried this .... Is this dish dry without sauce? I feel like I would want to add sauce or at least more tomatoes?"

mrs. marvelous User ID: 5558083 6396
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"I haven't made this...yet! but I can tell that it will be great! However, I will be leaving out the meat and adding slices of zucchini and/or crook neck squash. What a great side dish with barbecued chicken! Anyone try it this way?"

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 8022
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"With tomatoes ripening quickly in my vegetable garden, this recipe was a tasty way to use up a few of them. I increased the tomatoes to 6, omitted the Rosemary (my

sons don't care for it) and increased the garlic powder to 2 teaspoons. My family enjoyed this take on traditional lasagna, and I would definitely make this recipe again."

swinny User ID: 1858482 9496
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"I used Italian turkey sausage instead of gb. I also made this in the morning and baked in the evening. Turned out great!! Husband and I both thought this dish is delicious!!"

quickfix User ID: 4456029 6372
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"Haven't made it yet, but will make it this weekend for family gathering. I can taste it already. I LIKE it! And for clolson1 and others who asked---you put the bread in a toaster, or toaster oven, no pan, and toast it, then layer in the pan. Is this too simple for our busy minds to grasp?"

Cookinginct User ID: 4279752 23981
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"Very easy and great alternative to red sauce"

yummyhoney User ID: 2958416 9493
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"my family loved this! My Grandson said it was delicious! the whole 13x9 pan finished in one sitting! Will make for work next!"

savetheday User ID: 4348426 8021
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"The 2nd sentence in the "Directions" section says to Toast bread. Good luck and enjoy!"

crengler User ID: 2266081 11534
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"This is a wonderful recipe. Although the ingredients are layered in the traditional lasagna manner it's the spices that take this dish to a new level. The sweetness of the tomatoes are a perfect match for the savory blend of seasonings. The butter and parmesan cheese rue, along with the mozzarella sprinkled on top, definitely gave us that lasagna experience. My wife and I are already talking about making it again to share with friends and family."

clolson1 User ID: 7215676 200916
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"I'm confused?? Do you toast the bread before you layer in pan and put the topping on? or do you put topping ect on and than bake?"

dovecanyon User ID: 6559068 200915
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"This is a great recipe. Like the previous review I spray the pan first, otherwise it does stick. Also, instead of crumbling the bread for the 2nd layer, I just slice it a bit thinner and use whole slices. Using fresh herbs from my garden makes it so good! Will make again and again- my son requests it often."

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 9930
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2011

"This was unusual but so good! My family loved it. The only thing I'd do differently next time is to spray the pan with cooking spray before adding all the layers. The recipe said to place them in an ungreased pan, but it stuck pretty badly to the sides of the pan. Other than that, this was a delightful dish!"

skoal1 User ID: 3485116 11094
Reviewed May. 22, 2010

"This is a fabulous recipe. My entire family really enjoys it. I have even given it out to many friends and they always give it rave reviews."

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