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I know. You don’t have to tell me. I should have been a hand-model. I make Lasagna Dip look incredibly elegant. Totally missed my calling. icon razz Lasagna Dip

As you may know, there are countless reasons why I love dips. Peanut Butter Banana Dip, anyone? Sweet, savory, hot and bubbly – love ‘em all! But not just because they taste good. I mean of course because they taste good, but I love them a tad bit more because they are so convenient.

Typical example to follow.

Bob, the neighbor, came by last week and sorta, kinda, invited himself and wifey over for a beer. Or a case. “No problem! Come on Over!”, said-my-husband-the-one-that-doesn’t-even-know-if- there’s-even-a-potato-chip-in-the-pantry-that-I-could-offer-these-nice-people.

I had all of 30 minutes to prepare; that is 30 minutes to clean up the toy-covered floor, wipe the table, fluff up those pillows, comb my hair, and whip up a couple of appetizers. Thank the Lawwwwwd I have a food blog because my fridge and my pantry are always full, and I am able to come up with something rather quickly.

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These awesome neighbors of mine thought I was speaking in a different language when I said, and here is some Lasagna Dip to go with those delicious Almond Nut-Thins Crackers. (By the way, I am obsessed with those crackers. Obsessed!)

“Say what now?”, said the lovely wifey. I said, “Lasagna in the form of a dip to go with your crackers”. She hesitated, dipped in, and then asked for the recipe. I told her to tune into Diethood next Wednesday, which would be today, and she will get the recipe. Hi, Gloria!!! *waving*

You will find that there’s everything in here that a regular lasagna has minus the lasagna pasta sheets. And instead of ricotta, I use cream cheese. But I don’t use ricotta in a regular lasagna, either. I like to use cream cheese or bechamel sauce, like I did here with my Lasagna Bolognese.

I also like to add sharp cheddar cheese to the mozzarella cheese topping – I like the extra oomph that the bit of sharpness adds to the dip. Well, yes, parmesan cheese adds a bit of sharpness, too, but I happen to like cheddar. M’kay?

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I really encourage you to make this cheesy, beefy, warm and cozy, absolutely delicious Lasagna Dip. You can even serve it with these Garlic and Cheddar Drop Biscuits¬†and call it dinner! I have. It’s like super awesome with the biscuits. Or those almond nut-thins I told you about – they are so, so good. Or just spoon it into your mouth, like I do.

ENJOY!

Lasagna Dip

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

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Cheesy, beefy, warm and cozy, absolutely delicious Lasagna Dip.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freeze dried basil
  • butter for baking dish
  • 8-ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Crackers for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat and add the sliced onion; cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic and mushrooms; cook until mushrooms are tender.
  • Add beef and season with salt, pepper, oregano and basil; continue to cook until meat is browned.
  • Stir in tomato sauce and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Grease a round 8-inch baking dish with butter.
  • Spread the cream cheese on the bottom of the dish.
  • Spread the meat mixture over the cream cheese, and top with mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
  • Serve warm.
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  1. Katie May 21, 2014 at 12:37 AM - Reply

    I’ve always had a soft spot for meat sauce… Sooooooo making this tmr might.

  2. Sandy S October 19, 2013 at 8:16 PM - Reply

    This looks fantastic! First time to your site and it also looks great.

  3. Fiona October 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM - Reply

    Love, love this!

  4. Mimi July 28, 2013 at 8:50 AM - Reply

    Wow! What a brilliant idea!

  5. Denise Browning@From Brazil To You April 11, 2013 at 7:36 PM - Reply

    This dip looks superb, Kate! Looking all that melted cheese on top made my mouth water a lot. Oh, I am so pinning it!

  6. Mallory March 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM - Reply

    Please add me to your list. This was amazing when I made it!!

    • Katerina Petrovska March 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM - Reply

      I am SO glad you enjoyed it!! :) Thank you, Mallory! I will add you to the mailing list. :)

  7. PolaM March 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM - Reply

    This is pure genius! Love it!

  8. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) March 3, 2013 at 7:23 PM - Reply

    Really, it’s like I’m reading you tell a story about me and my husband. He will always invite people to come over not knowing if I have anything prepared…or if the house is in order.

    Love, love, love this dip. How have I never thought to do this before?

  9. Ramona March 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM - Reply

    Oh Wow… YUM!! I am seriously wishing I could dip my finger into that gooey bowl of loveliness. :)

  10. Ellen March 2, 2013 at 3:06 AM - Reply

    There is something delightful about almost anything in dip form. I’m tempted to make this with extra shrooms’ instead of meat(being a vegetarian).
    Oh, and I sooo approve of skipping ricotta-never cared for it myself!

  11. Fran Slover March 2, 2013 at 12:23 AM - Reply

    How do I get on your mailing list? This website is great.

    • Katerina Petrovska March 2, 2013 at 9:07 AM - Reply

      Thank you SO much! I just added your email address to the list – I also sent you an email letting you know about it.

  12. Meghan March 1, 2013 at 7:45 PM - Reply

    I need this in my life asap! Looks awesome & your neighbors are very lucky!

  13. Carol | a cup of mascarpone March 1, 2013 at 7:13 AM - Reply

    My family will love this during March Madness basketball!!! A great excuse to make it soon! Love it, Kate!!!

  14. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 1, 2013 at 12:25 AM - Reply

    Totally awesome hand modeling. Jason has to be my hand modeling since I bite my nails (it’s so bad!). Oh and this dip – yeah I can definitely get on board with this. Any excuse to have chips with dinner!

  15. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM - Reply

    I’ve had pizza dip but lasagna dip? Yummy

  16. cakewhiz February 28, 2013 at 12:36 PM - Reply

    omggggg kate! do you have any idea how good that looks? i want to just snatch that cracker loaded with dip from your fingers…hahaha.

    i know what you mean. my pantry is always packed with sweet stuff and i am never out of butter, eggs, sugar and flour coz i bake sooooo much and blog about that! lol

  17. Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM - Reply

    I agree, you have missed your calling as a hand model! ;) Love this dip!

  18. Oh, I am so dropping by your house at the last minute sometime! That dip looks phenomenal. I’m all over the cream cheese instead of ricotta (gag) too. Wow, oh wow.

  19. Megan @ Pip and Ebby February 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM - Reply

    Brilliant dip! I’m impressed! You’re good on the fly! :) Funny you mentioned the hand model…my husband has been hand-modeling a lot for me lately so I’m always telling him what lovely hands he has.

  20. Kristina February 28, 2013 at 7:58 AM - Reply

    yep, I’m with you, I always use bechamel in my lasagna (and I KNOW we’ve had this conversation before!?!) :)

    this looks fantastic – I WILL be making soon!

  21. Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks February 28, 2013 at 7:35 AM - Reply

    Oh my word….that looks scrumptious and it’s only 7 in the morning!!

  22. Stacy February 28, 2013 at 7:08 AM - Reply

    Your husband is a fortunate man but I imagine he knows that. What with those gorgeous hands and all.

    But let’s talk about the dip! Cheesy, tomato-y, beefy, mushroomy and then all those spices! This is dip perfection in a bowl, and I fear I would have to eat it with a spoon.

  23. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts February 28, 2013 at 6:01 AM - Reply

    Kate, you’re a cook after my own heart. I’m seeing space on the pantry shelves of put up veggies, space on the freezer shelves of put up veggies, and less squash in the Strategic Winter Squash Reserve. I haven’t gotten a CSA farm share in 2 months, and it will be 2 months before the CSA season starts here in Ohio.
    However, I do have bags and canning jars of spaghetti sauce, and there’s a cow in the other freezer, so I CAN MAKE THIS!
    Thanks!

  24. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen February 28, 2013 at 5:01 AM - Reply

    I want the dip and the crackers! This is a meal in itself, absolutely!

  25. mjskit February 27, 2013 at 9:15 PM - Reply

    You’re killing me here!!! I have a bag of chips and no dip – until now! Might have to have this for movie night this weekend. :)

  26. A_Boleyn February 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM - Reply

    You rock … pulling culinary triumph out of the potential disaster. And it sounds and looks great. I eat MY crackers with cheese in the late evening so there’s never any left in the pantry. :)

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