Spicy Meaty Lasagna


Spicy meaty lasagna is the perfect party casserole! This is a crowd-pleaser! Don't expect to leave with anything left in your casserole dish :)

Three day weekends are my jam. Just the extra day of relaxation is so nice!

We had a pretty standard weekend. Slept in (well – sorta, my “sleeping in” is now 7:30am, haha) and then went to our favorite local bakery to get some croissants and fresh baked bread. They should create a candle that smells like freshly baked bread!

Oh, so on Saturday’s, Jason and I usually like to go out for dinner ’cause it gives me a break from the kitchen and it gives us a chance to try something new or just go to somewhere we love. We were craving Tex-Mex so we decided on this nearby restaurant but then we looked at the clock and it was only 5pm. Early bird special, anyone? We’re so old. We decided that it was probably a little too early to go eat so we waited 30 minutes. Umm, when we rolled up and went to the hostess counter, it was a 45 minute wait. CLEARLY people eat super early these days because we went to two other restaurants nearby after our Tex-Mex fail and the waits were already up to an hour. Sheeeesh!! We settled on an Italian place – so very far from our Tex-Mex palette so we’ll have to go some other day. Maybe next time, we’ll go at 4pm and beat everyone! ;)

Spicy meaty lasagna is the perfect party casserole! This is a crowd-pleaser! Don't expect to leave with anything left in your casserole dish :)


Spicy meaty lasagna is the perfect party casserole! This is a crowd-pleaser! Don't expect to leave with anything left in your casserole dish :)

I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for 4 years and I never posted a lasagna recipe. What was I thinking?!

Well, the perfect opportunity came last month when I was tasked to make lasagna for a Christmas cocktail party! Lasagnas are so perfect for large parties because it makes so much and it’s also fairly easy to make. I really like the layering. It’s sort of soothing and de-stressing, don’t you think? Anyway, since there were going to be men at this cocktail party, I decided to load this up with meat! We devoured the entire casserole and the plates were licked clean. Everyone hated it enough to tell me how much they didn’t enjoy it…catch that sarcasm there? :)

Okay, your turn – go make this spicy meaty lasagna for that crowd of yours!

Spicy meaty lasagna is the perfect party casserole! This is a crowd-pleaser! Don't expect to leave with anything left in your casserole dish :)


Spicy meaty lasagna is the perfect party casserole! This is a crowd-pleaser! Don't expect to leave with anything left in your casserole dish :)

PS – photographing lasagna is ridiculously hard!!

Spicy meaty lasagna is the perfect party casserole! This is a crowd-pleaser! Don't expect to leave with anything left in your casserole dish :)
Spicy Meaty Lasagna
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 5 mins

Spicy meaty lasagna is the perfect party casserole! This is a crowd-pleaser! 

Servings: 8 -10
  • 12 lasagna pasta noodles
  • 1 pound spicy pork sausage
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1: 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 15 ounces part-skim ricotta
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups whole milk mozzarella
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the lasagna noodles to al dente according to the instructions on the package. After pasta has cooked, place into a large bowl of cold water. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown and crumble/break apart sausage and ground beef with a spatula or wooden spoon. Once meat has cooked through, add onion and garlic. Cook until onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the diced tomatoes. Remove skillet from heat and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a 9x13-inch oven-safe casserole dish. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together marinara sauce, dried oregano, dried basil, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together ricotta and egg. Set aside.
  6. To assemble your lasagna, remove the lasagna noodles from the water and pat them dry.
  7. In the bottom of the casserole dish, add a thin layer of marinara sauce then place 3 lasagna noodles on top. Spread a little bit of the ricotta evenly on the noodles then add a layer of marina sauce and fianlly add a layer of the meat mixture on top. Sprinkle 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese on top of the meat mixture. Repeat the layers 2 more times, ending with the cheese layer sprinkled on top.
  8. Lightly spray the bottom side of the foil and cover casserole tightly with foil.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes then remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
  10. Cut into squares and serve.



Posted on January 19, 2015

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  1. 01/19/2015 at 7:51 am

    Well, this is my first time to y our blog and I was looking for a lasagna recipe with pork instead of the more common ground beef. To die for! Exactly what I was looking for. All that cheese on top? I’m not gonna lie, I’m going to pile the cheese on high ~ looks so good!!!!

  2. 01/19/2015 at 8:49 am

    I want ALL THE CHEESE. And kind of tex mex now too, lol.

  3. 01/19/2015 at 9:08 am

    I love one dish wonders like lasagna for parties. Yours looks insanely delicious! I can’t imagine trying to get a shot of that melty cheese before it cools! You did a wonderful job photographing it :)

  4. 01/19/2015 at 9:26 am

    Oh my goodness yes!!! This looks amazing girl! xo

  5. 01/19/2015 at 9:33 am

    Totally agree, lasagnas are the best for entertaining & meals for a crowd. This looks wonderful!

  6. 01/19/2015 at 9:57 am

  7. 01/19/2015 at 10:16 am

    LOL!! We eat so early too. I am glad we aren’t the only ones. Also, this lasagna, so making this week!!

  8. 01/19/2015 at 10:17 am

    I love the pork addition and definitely makes it a meat lovers. Excellent idea. And I eat dinner at like, 5:15 when I get home from work because it’s better than eating a bunch of snacks and then dinner, right? I like to tell myself that anyway.

  9. 01/19/2015 at 11:26 am

    Is it difficult to photograph lasagna because it looks so darn good and you keep wanting to eat some? This is amazing!

  10. 01/19/2015 at 1:07 pm

    Oh my gosh that cheese!! And there’s nothing wrong with eating early – it’s quiet then and you probably get a better price (and service) :)

  11. 01/19/2015 at 2:36 pm

    Love how hearty and cheesy this lasagna is! It looks incredible!

  12. 01/19/2015 at 3:26 pm

    Yummy! This lasgna looks like cheesy perfection.

  13. 01/19/2015 at 4:28 pm

    This looks delicious!

  14. 01/19/2015 at 5:07 pm

    Whoa! So much cheesy goodness! I NEED this!

  15. Denis
    01/19/2015 at 8:26 pm

    Gotta hate it when they hate the food so much they lick the bowl clean and ask for the recipe! You KNOW they REALLY hated it then! (grin)

    • Julie
      01/20/2015 at 7:40 am

      Haha, I know..gosh!!

  16. 01/20/2015 at 4:26 am

    Lasagna is probably my absolute favourite thing to eat in the world. Love the sound of this spicy version – can’t wait to give it a try!

  17. 01/20/2015 at 11:40 am

    this is sooo what my post 3-day weekend self needed, looks crazy delicious!

  18. 01/20/2015 at 12:00 pm

    lordy do I love lasagna. love love it. spicy & all the meat & cheese…sign me up!

  19. 01/20/2015 at 9:17 pm

    A candle that smells like freshly baked bread is a great idea!
    This lasagna looks delicious! Bechamel sauce is my favorite topping for it!

  20. 01/21/2015 at 1:32 am

    What a killer looking pan of lasagna, love!

  21. Michelle
    01/21/2015 at 9:27 am

    Bath and Body works totally makes a candle that smells like fresh baked bread! It’s called French Baguette, and it smells like fresh baked bread slathered with butter.

  22. 01/21/2015 at 6:47 pm

    Gorgeous lasagna! I was just telling my husband that I was craving lasagne or baked ziti this past weekend, so we’re making some this weekend. Perfect meal for a crowd…or just super hungry people who want tons of leftovers! ;) Thank you for sharing, my friend. Will definitely be pinning! xo P.S. Sorry I missed you on Monday, Julie! Working on a tutorial for the blog. :)

  23. 01/22/2015 at 3:53 am

    WOW it looks so delicious and yummy! Love your pictures!

  24. 01/22/2015 at 12:21 pm

    This looks like a great big dish of comfort!

  25. 01/22/2015 at 4:16 pm

    Creamy cheese wonderfulness!

  26. 01/23/2015 at 11:59 am

    Diving in!

  27. 01/24/2015 at 9:00 am

    Dreaming about the layers of cheese on this yummy lasagna recipe! Totally dig the candle idea!

  28. julia
    02/11/2015 at 7:15 pm

    Me, my kids, and my husband especially LOVED this last night when I made it! He took the leftovers to work for lunch and I have to admit I was a little jealous! My favorite part was the spicy pork sausage! Why did I never think of that!?

    • Julie
      02/12/2015 at 8:57 am

      Ahh yay!! So happy to hear this!! :) :)

  29. David
    02/02/2016 at 11:49 am

    Wow, this was so awesome that even a guy can make this!!

  30. Marissa
    02/11/2016 at 6:51 pm

    Do you have any substitutions for Ricotta? My bf doesn’t really like it so I want to try to make it without. Thanks for any tips!

    • Julie
      02/13/2016 at 7:30 pm

      You could use goat cheese or cottage cheese but it could change the texture and taste. Goat cheese would be the best substitution but it may alter the taste slightly.

  31. Mahee Ferlini
    04/14/2016 at 3:44 pm

    Lol!! Amazing, I love American Style lasagne!!

  32. ruth johns
    08/06/2016 at 6:21 pm

    Hello i wany ur full recipe of lasagna please

    • Julie
      08/07/2016 at 7:56 pm

      Hi, please click the “read more” button

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