This perfect mix of macaroni and cheese and tomato-based lasagna is a fast and easy weekday dinner that is guaranteed to be a family favorite.
Why not try making your own Homemade Meat Sauce to use in this recipe? Or you could adapt this Creamy Three Cheese Skillet Mac and Cheese recipe to use in place of a box mix.
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Mac and Cheese Lasagna
We all get those days when all we want to do is indulge in our favorite comfort foods. We know that a healthy dinner of fish and vegetables is probably better for us, but we also know it just will not hit the spot.
Sometimes you just have to give in and let yourself enjoy a large bowl of Mac and cheese or a slice of lasagna. But what if you could go one step further on treat days and combine your favorite comfort meals to make something even better?
With this Mac and Cheese Lasagna recipe, you can do just that. Combine your favorite Mac and cheese box kit with this lasagna recipe for the ultimate indulgence meal that you will wish you could eat every day.
Mac and Cheese Lasagna Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• Mac & Cheese
• Ground beef
• Spaghetti sauce
• Mozzarella cheese
• Parmesan cheese
How To Make Mac and Cheese Lasagna
• Prepare the mac and cheese as per the box directions and set aside
• In a medium saucepan, add the ground beef, onion, and garlic and brown until cooked
• Drain fat and add the spaghetti sauce, and heat through
• In a 9×9 baking dish, layer the meat sauce, the mac and cheese, meat sauce, mac, and cheese, then top with mozzarella and Parmesan
• Bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 Fahrenheit until the cheese is melted and the dish is warmed through
Could You Use Homemade Mac & Cheese For This Recipe?
Part of the joy of this Mac and Cheese lasagna recipe is how quick it is to throw together, perfect for a cozy treat night in front of the TV.
However, if you happen to have a bit of extra time to spend in the kitchen, you can really enhance this recipe by making your own Mac and cheese sauce.
Box Mac and Cheese is delicious, but making your own sauce gives you the ability to experiment with different cheeses and create your perfect combination of flavors. You can also adjust other elements of the recipe, including the amount of mustard, and even try adding different seasonings.
Why not try making a blue cheese Mac and Cheese sauce or using gruyere for a rich sauce that stands out when paired with the tomato-based sauce?
Making your own Mac and Cheese for this recipe also means that you get to decide on the pasta shape that you use. Most box mixes come with the standard small macaroni-shaped pasta, but you could try using large shapes that are able to hold more sauce.
You can also try using large pasta tubes to maximize the amount of sauce that you get per bite. Or you could try using actual lasagna sheets if you prefer more of a cheese lasagna vibe.
Could You Use Actual Lasagna For This Recipe?
If you happen to have leftover lasagna from the night before, why not try adapting this recipe to make a Mac and Cheese-soaked lasagna?
Take your leftover lasagna pieces and place them in an oven-safe dish, much like the one you would use to make lasagna from scratch.
Then, pour over your homemade cheese sauce, or use the powdered flavor mix that comes as part of a Mac and Cheese box mix. You want to ensure that the sauce completely covers the lasagna and that it can soak through to the bottom of the pan.
Turning leftover lasagna into a Mac and Cheese language is the perfect way to use food that might otherwise go to waste. Reheated lasagna always feels a bit dry, as all of the sauce has cooked into the pasta. However, this method adds a whole new sauce, stopping it from becoming dry and bland in flavor, giving it all of the richness that it needs.
Just like with the original recipe, make sure to add a thick layer of mozzarella and parmesan cheese to the top of the dish before baking as well, so as to get that signature lasagna topping.
Looking for more delicious Pasta recipes? Try these out:
• Sneaky Vegetable Mac n’ Cheese
• Dinner-in-a-Hurry Macaroni Chop Suey
• Mom’s Easy Cottage Cheese Lasagna
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Mac and Cheese Lasagna
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Cook Time
- 20 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1 box Mac and Cheese (prepared)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 Tablespoon garlic (minced)
- 1/4 cup onion (diced)
- 1 can spaghetti sauce
- 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- Prepare the mac and cheese as per the box directions, set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375°
- In a medium saucepan add the ground beef, onion and garlic and brown until cooked. Drain fat and add the spaghetti sauce. Heat through.
- In a 9×9 baking dish layer the meat sauce, the mac and cheese, meat sauce, mac and cheese, then top with mozzarella and Parmesan.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the dish is warmed through.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
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Made this for the kids & they absolutely LOVED it!! Worked as a great family meal.
One can spaghetti sauce? 24 oz., etc. – can you give a rough estimate? The box of mac & cheese I can figure since the amount doesn’t matter if you like mac & cheese. Just don’t want too much sauce and make it soupy, etc. Thanks.
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