Lasagna Casserole Recipe
What is a lasagna casserole? This easy lasagna pasta bake has all the same elements of a classic lasagna - meat sauce, cheese sauce and penne pasta plus more cheese of course, but the process is so easy! Everything is combined in a casserole dish (no layering required) and it bakes way faster!
Lasagna Cheese Sauce Ingredients:
- 10 oz Queso Fresco (Ranchero Cheese)
- 1 Tbsp sour cream
- 1 egg
- 4 oz mozzarella cheese (1 cup shredded)
- 2 Tbsp parsley chopped
- 1 tsp garlic salt
Lasagna Pasta and Toppings:
- 1 lb penne pasta (reserve 1 cup pasta water)
- 2 oz cheddar cheese (1/2 cup shredded)
- 2 oz mozzarella cheese (1/2 cup shredded)
Lasagna Meat Sauce Ingredients:
Bring a 5 Qt pot of water to boil and add 1 Tbsp salt. Add penne pasta and cook al dente according to package instructions.
In a large, deep, oven-safe pan, combine beef and onion. Sauté over med/high heat, until meat is fully cooked and onion is soft (5 to 8 mins), breaking up meat with a spatula. Discard any excess fat released from beef.
Stir in seasonings: 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/8 tsp pepper. Add marinara and bring to simmer then remove from heat.
Meanwhile, crumble up ranchero cheese in a medium bowl. Add 1 Tbsp sour cream, 1 egg, 1 cup shredded mozzarella, 2 Tbsp parsley and 1 tsp garlic salt. Stir together then add it to the meat sauce and mix just until combined.
Stir in cooked pasta and add reserved pasta water to taste for a juicier casserole (I used 1/2 cup pasta water).* Smooth out the top then sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheddar and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Bake at 350˚F for 20 min to melt cheese and make the center steaming hot.
*Transfer to casserole dish if not using an oven-safe pan.