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Lasagna Dip

Lasagna Dip
Last week when I made the lasagna stuffed spaghetti squash I tried to keep things nice and light and healthy but I could not help but think about doing something similar only a bit naughtier, a hot melted cheesy lasagna dip! I am a huge fan of dips, especially when they have plenty of hot melted cheese and since lasagna is one of my favourite meals I knew that a lasagna dip was sure to be amazing! The basic idea behind this dip was to use the layers of a lasagna in a dip including a base of cheese and a quick, easy and tasty tomato meat sauce all topped off with plenty of melted mozzarella! My mom always made lasagna with cottage cheese for the cheese layer so I am rather partial to that but ricotta or even cream cheese would also work well. For the tomato based meat sauce I kept things lighter and healthy going with turkey for the meat and I packed the sauce with plenty of flavour! I have to say that this dip is truly spectacular and it really does remind me of lasagna, though it is a lot easier to make and perfect for enjoying while watching the game!

Lasagna Dip
You really cannot go wrong with a hot melted cheese dip with all of the flavours of lasagna!

Lasagna Dip
Lasagna Dip

Lasagna Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Servings: 4

All of the flavours of lasagna in a hot cheesy dip with no regrets!

  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup lasagna tomato sauce (see below)
  • 1 cup low fat cottage cheese or ricotta or cream cheese
  • 1 cup partially skim mozzarella, shredded
  1. Cook the turkey, add the tomato sauce and simmer until it thickens a bit, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Spread the cottage cheese over the bottom of a baking dish, followed by the sauce and finally the mozzarella.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the top is a light golden brown and the sides are bubbling, about 15-20 minutes.

Slow Cooker: Implement step 1, layer everything in the slow cooker the same as in the pan and cook until the cheese is nice and melted about 1-2 hours on high or 2-4 hours on low.

Option: Use ground beef or Italian sausage instead of ground turkey or omit the meat entirely.
Option: Use marinara sauce or your favourite tomato sauce instead of making the lasagna sauce from scratch.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 289, Fat 19g (Saturated 4.6g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 80, Sodium 812mg, Carbs 29g (Fiber 6g, Sugars 14g), Protein 35g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

Lasagna Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Servings: 2 cups

A simple and tasty tomato sauce that is perfect for pasta, pizzas, lasagna, etc.

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed (optional)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon basil, chopped (optional)
  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, add the onion and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and fennel and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, paprika, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, simmer until until it thickens, about 5 minutes, and then mix in the basil and remove from heat.

Option: Cover and simmer for longer to develop more flavour.
Option: Add one 2 inch piece of parmesan rind to the sauce while it simmers.
Nutrition Facts (per cup): Calories 178, Fat 7g (Saturated 0.5g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 0, Sodium 346mg, Carbs 26g (Fiber 6g, Sugars 14g), Protein 5g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

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Tieghan said...

This is so perfect for holiday entertaining! YUM!

Ashley C. said...

It is only 8am but I want this now, yum! Love the cheesy goodness.

Sophie said...

Looking delicious! Can't wait to try!

Julie @ Table for Two said...

woah, is it appropriate to have this for breakfast?!

marla said...

Loving all that cheese in this fun dip!

Paula - bellalimento said...

Oh my GAWsh!

Erika said...

Hav Mercy.. That looks too good for words..

Dixya said...

im dying looking at that first pic

Anonymous said...

this sounds oh so yummy!!!

Heather Christo said...

Hellooooooo! Perfect dip for this cold weather! and all that cheese!!!

Surkhab said...

WOW, this looks so tempting.
Adding this recipe to my list of food to prepare in next week.

Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Oh YUM, this looks scrumdilious! ;-)

Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) said...


Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

I could easily consume enough of this in one sitting to be a meal

naomi said...

oh holy h*ll, you are killing me! I'd eat this with a spoon.

Rocky said...

Lasagna dip is a very good idea. Instead of pasta, garlic bread. It would be nice with a cold iced tea or lemonade.

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

Holy mouthwatering dip! This looks SO delicious, Kevin. What a fun and creative dip for parties!

Kelli Paulsen said...

Oh yummmmmmm!!! Can't wait to try this!!! Thank you, Kevin!!

Anonymous said...

Have enjoyed several of your recipes and this one looks to be equally good. Have always wanted comments to be from those who have actually tried it and can give any honest appraisal versus "looks great". Yet here I am doing the same (sorry)! Just a thought for blog-commenters.

Kim said...

Wow Kevin! This dip of yours looks pretty darn awesome! We did lasagne from scratch one year and we really enjoyed the outcome have you made it from scratch before? Good luck if you try it!

Aimee @ Simple Bites said...

Look at all that cheesy deliciousness!

Jillian Manesh said...

mmmm this looks amazing!

Safarina Shaari said...

oh wow...i just cant look at this picture....looks yummy! thanks for sharing! :)

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

I honestly want to stuff my face in this dip right now at midnight!

Kevin Lynch said...

Kim: I have not tried making lasagne noodles from scratch yet but I have made other noodles. I will definitely have to try!

heidiemakes said...

hmm looks delish!just want to make a vege version =)

Samuel Walker said...

Sounds and looks scrumptious, perfect now the colder weathers moving in.

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

Kevin AMAZING!!! The recipe and your images. Stunning. That melty cheese and those strings are just jumping off the page. Pinned!

Cathleen said...

I think I need this in my life right now. Yum!!

Meagan said...

This looks amazing! Although I would have to do something about the tomato sauce, since I can't have it.

Jan said...

Well we had cream cheese with chives in it and Classico Italian sausage pasta sauce(half a jar) and monterey jack cheese... served with veggies: broccoli, red and green bell peppers and mushrooms and Beanitos white bean cheese chips...It was delicious!!! I gave each of us a small bowl of dip and a medium one of veggies, I could imagine making it in small bowls to serve, so it would still look picture perfect for each one. Thanks!

Shandi Wilcock said...

Omg! What an amazing dip idea :D

Stephanie H said...

I really wish this could come in a low sodium version, I'm practically drooling. Looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

Adding to my Super Bowl menu!

Anonymous said...

What do you recommend serving it with??

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: I like to serve it with garlic rub crostini but crackers are also good.

Nicole said...

Thank you Kevin! I was thinking maybe French bread or even the Texas toast style garlic bread thanks for sharing! I will be making this tomorrow for game day let you know how it turns out :)

Anonymous said...

Whoa!!! I have homemade lasagna sauce in the freezer. On the next home movie date, I will cook this. Awesome. Thanks for the share!

echoamy said...

My mom always used cottage cheese in her lasagna. I never knew it was made with ricotta until an adult.

Kevin Lynch said...

echoamy: My mom always made lasagna with cottage cheese as well!

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