Tuesday, September 16, 2014

40 Minute Quick and Easy Cheesy Meat Lasagna



Quick and Easy Cheesy Meat Lasagna recipe with layer after layer of flavorful meat, pasta and cheese that comes together in 15 minutes and on the table in just 40 minutes! With a simple recipe and only 15 minutes to prep, this fabulous meal can be on your table any night of the week

Sunday lasagna has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember.  Growing up, it was an ‘event’ that was reserved for special occasions because preparations virtually took all day.  A long simmering red sauce that would impart a deep roasted tomato flavor was an important ingredient in our family lasagna along with cheese, cheese and more cheese.

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Some things never change, but now that I am grown and have a family of my own; we have our own lasagna traditions.  A hearty lasagna packed full of cheese, meat, and deep tomato flavor is what we prefer, and did I mention more cheese?

Being a very active family we don’t set aside a whole day when we want lasagna.  Using simple ingredients like KRAFT Parmesan Cheese and Hunt’s Fire Roasted Diced tomatoes I am able to create our favorite Sunday lasagna in about 40 minutes!


You had to know this lasagna would be loaded with incredible cheesy flavor, being it is my favorite food!  With KRAFT’s 5 Cheese Italian Blend Shredded Cheese and 3 Cheese Grated Parmesan it is rich, creamy and oh so cheesy! 

Can you say awesome blends?!?  The deep tomato flavor that I crave was achieved with Hunt’s Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce and Tomato Paste.  This lasagna has an incredible combination of flavors that taste like you have been cooking all day!

Now you can enjoy Sunday dinner any night of the week.

Dinner's Ready!

With love from our Kitchen Table to yours! XOXO

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40 Minute Quick & Easy Cheesy Meat Lasagna

serves 12

Active time 15 minutes
Total time 40 minutes

1 ½ pounds hot Italian chicken sausage
2 (14.5 ounce) cans Hunt’s Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Garlic
1 (8 ounce) can Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
2 tablespoons Hunt’s Tomato Paste
1 egg
1 (16 ounce) container part skim ricotta cheese
½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¾ cup KRAFT Grated Three Cheese Parmesan Cheese, divided
10 oven ready lasagna noodles
1 ½ (8 ounce) packages KRAFT 5 Cheese Italian Blend Shredded Cheese, divided

Preheat oven to oven to 425°F.

In a large skillet over medium high-heat brown sausage. 



Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.


Meanwhile combine ricotta cheese, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, 4 ounces shredded cheese and egg.  Mix until well blended.

Spread 1/2 cup meat sauce onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish. Top with a layers of 3 noodles, half the ricotta cheese mixture, and 1/3 of the sauce. Repeat layers.


Top with remaining noodles then cover with sauce and sprinkle ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.



Spread remaining 8 ounces of shredded cheese over top; cover.




Bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil.  Bake, uncovered, 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.



Disclosure:  I am working in partnership as a brand ambassador with the KRAFT brand and I am receiving compensation for my participation in this campaign. All thoughts/opinions are 100% my own.

Originally published 3/24/13

47 comments:

  1. The site redesign, the video, the photos, it all looks fantastic! Way to go, both of you.

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    1. Thank you so much darlin'! Chad did all the work. Isn't he awesome. : )

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  2. Fantastic Donna! You're a star :) I know how much work goes into just one short video - we love to make videos to music with our kids, old photos, etc. but I could never do this! Love it - everything looks great.

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    1. Awww, thank you Tricia. It was a lot of fun. We hope to do more in the future.

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  3. Donna, love the recipe and the video! Great job :)

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    1. Thank you Melissa! It is soooo delicious too!

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  4. Donna - This looks great - Nice recipe!

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    1. Thanks Sherma! Wait until you taste it. YUM.

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  5. I saw the photo clicked to come to this site to get the recipe, watched the video (which is done so well informative and QUICK which is vital now-a-days), saved it to my favorites, read the comments and just as quick went back to facebook. Saw the photo again and I STOPPED and thought "That was done so well, and you have taken the time to give that to us" I at least can take the time to tell you...I really appreciate this recipe along with the great video...and I always read and love the facebook post. Great Job! ..... and I love fire roasted tomatoes, nice addition!! Thank You!

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    1. Kitty, you are awesome! Thank you so much for stopping by. You totally made my day. We love creating recipes for you and it is so exciting to hear that you love our video too.

      XOXO Donna

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  6. This looks so good. I'm going to try this for next Sunday. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Great recipe, wonderful video. I will be trying it on Sunday. Thank you so much

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  8. Wow I have never made Lasagna without pre-cooking the noodles, so I am very very happy to try this one. Thank you so very much.

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  9. Trying this tonight! So I do NOT need to pre-cook the noodles? Just a box of noodles is fine??

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    1. Exactly. Use the oven ready lasagna noodles, do not precook them. Enjoy!

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    2. You can also use regular noodles, just add 1/2 Cup water to the sauce and add an additional 6-7 minutes to the bake time. Still easier than having to boil first and handle hot noodles that may start sticking to each other.

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    3. So regular noodles meaning non oven ready? Thanks.

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    4. I have not tried the regular ones, but I hear it works. Enjoy and let us know how it goes. Enjoy!

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  10. Does anyone know what size pan she is using? is it a 9x11 pan?

    Just want to make sure have the right one as I would hate to start filling and then find out it is to small or to big. Just one an extra dish to wash/mess to clean. Thank you.

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    1. I call it a lasagna pan, but a 9x13 would work. Just make sure you put aluminum foil on the rack below your pan, incase it drips. Enjoy! It is scrumptious.

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  11. Wow, my first try at lasagna and this was awesome. I had neighbors over and we all agreed that it was better than our local Italian restaurant. It's a keeper for sure! I had never heard of "oven ready" noodles, so this was an educational experience as well, :) . Very easy too. I am going to have to find a deep 9x13 pan, this recipe filled my glass dish. Can't wait to try more of your recipes, thanks.

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    1. Yay! So excited that you loved it. Keep us up to date on your kitchen adventures.

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  12. I made this the other day..it was so good..I mixed a little bit of cottage cheese in with the ricotta mixture..

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  13. Call me sadly a novice, but I have never before made Lasagna. Am trying to figure out the directions for the layers. Are there three layers of noodles or only two. I get boggled when I get to the "top with remaining noodles" direction. Is this the second or third layer. I checked out the video and it seems like there's two layers, but...... Help please, and I hope no one comments on what a dumb question this is. Beginners need hand holding, and deeply appreciate it when it is non-judgmentally given.

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    1. Hi sherry. Welcome to the world of cooking! No judgement here sweetie. We all have to start somewhere. :)

      There are a total of 3 layers. Each layer takes about 3. My final layer took 4 because I have a pan that is thinner at the bottom and wider at the top. Good luck and enjoy! Email me directly if you have any more questions. Can't wait to hear how it goes.

      donna {at} tsrifood {dot} com

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  14. At what temperature does it need to be ...?.

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    1. The oven? 425, preheated. As in the 1st step. Enjoy!

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  15. Where do I find hot italian chicken sausage??!??!

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    1. I find it next to the chicken in the meat department, but you could sub pork sausage if you prefer. Enjoy!

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  16. My lasagna came out very juicy..was I suppised to drain the tomatoes?

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    1. No the juice should cook off as you cook the tomatoes. My tomatoes do not have much juice anyway. Was it soupy when you put it in the pan? Was the pasta fully cooked? Email if you would like to see what happened. donna {at} tsrifood {dot} com

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  17. It was not soupy going in but soupy and greasy coming out..I pre-cooked the noodles also

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    1. The pasta should go in the oven dry. If they are precooked the moisture from the ingredients will have no where to go. When they go in dry the pasta absorbs the moisture as it cooks. Give it a try again and do not cook the pasta first. Enjoy.

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  18. Donna this recipe reminds me of my mum's amazing lasagne (and trust me it was Amazzzing!). If I promise to bring dessert can I come round for dinner?

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  19. I tried a Kraft recipe similar but with frozen ravioli and it was wonderful; have made it a few times. Can't wait to try this one !

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  20. Could you use beef or chicken mince instead of the sausage?

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    1. You would need a lot of seasoning if you are taking out the sausage. Perhaps also add 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
      1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Add ingredients when you add the tomatoes. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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  21. Donna, the video was great and thanks for showing us how you make this great recipe!! I have never tried the noodles you are using, but I will definitely try this recipe out!! Keep up the great work!!

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    1. Hi Wendy!

      I am so happy you like it. Great recipe. Enjoy.

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  22. Is this lasagna spicy? I like things very mild.

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    1. It is not spicy, but you could use mild Italian sausage just to be sure. Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

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  23. can you make it the night before and put in the oven the next day?

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    1. I have never made it that way, but it would be perfect. Just watch your cook time. Make the day before. Cover with foil and refrigerate. Then pop it in a preheated oven for 35-45 minutes. Enjoy!

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  24. My noodles, even though oven ready, were tough to chew on the ends.

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  25. Hi Donna, Great video...can you make this ahead and freeze it?

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  26. How about sharing the all day recipe too so we can compare how the quickie one tastes in comparison to the all day one?

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