Using no-boil lasagna noodles, this creamy Million Dollar Lasagna is such a breeze to make! With a combo of ground beef and Italian sausage plus herbs, in a perfectly seasoned tomato sauce with layers of creamy cheese in between, your tastebuds are in for a treat. No wonder this is my family’s favorite pasta dish!
I can say with much confidence that this is my family’s favorite pasta dish! After all, last Christmas when I asked them what they wanted as part of our Christmas Eve dinner, they all in unison said they wanted the creamy pasta bake that I always make for them and especially when we have company!
I knew they were referring to none other than the cheesy and super yummy baked millionaire spaghetti I often make consisting of a flavorful bolognese sauce sandwiched in between layers of pasta and smothered all over with a combo of cream cheese and sour cream for extra yum!
But since it’s Christmas time, I thought I’d make it more special by using lasagna noodles! To make things even easier I used my favorite brand of no-boil lasagna so that I didn’t have to bother pre-boiling the noodles, which definitely saved me extra time and effort!
But what made this lasagna tasty and robust is the combination of two types of meat in the sauce! I used not just plain ground beef but mixed it with Italian sausage. I also added some dried herbs to enhance the flavors some more.
Using my favorite marinara (or spaghetti sauce) in combination with some extra tomato sauce that I also enhanced with a little salt and brown sugar totally elevated this dish. It’s anything but bland.
As you can imagine the extra cheesy goodness added on top plus the layers of cream cheese combined with sour cream just made it even more astounding!
Authentic Italian lasagna – it is NOT! But, with all its delicious flavors, I guarantee you’d feel like a million bucks and your entire family would love this! What’s more, it’s so easy to make so definitely make it soon!
Easy Creamy Million Dollar Lasagna
Using no-boil lasagna noodles, this creamy Million Dollar Lasagna is such a breeze to make! With a combo of ground beef and Italian sausage plus herbs, in a perfectly seasoned tomato sauce with layers of creamy cheese in between, your tastebuds are in for a treat. No wonder this is my family's favorite pasta dish!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed (if in sausage form)
- 1 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp brown sugar, or to taste
- 1 tsp salt, or to taste
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp dried thyme or Italian seasoning
- 1 (24) oz bottle of spaghetti sauce, of your choice
- 1 (8) oz can of tomato sauce
- 1 (8) oz package Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 box 1 box no boil lasagna noodles, about 16-18 pieces
- 1 cup Italian blend cheese or Mozarella, shredded
In medium heat, cook the ground beef and Italian sausage until nicely browned. Add the onion and cook until softened. I don’t add any more oil because the meat would presumably have a little fat in them but feel free to use a little oil, if needed.
Stir in the salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, dried thyme or Italian seasoning, spaghetti and tomato sauces. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your taste.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Mix the cream cheese and sour cream together. You can use an electric mixer for convenience.
Grease a 9×13 baking dish. Layer the dish with 1/4 of the meat sauce, 4-6 noodles (depending on the content of the box and how many fits in your baking dish), and the cream cheese mixture (about 1/3 portion). You can slightly overlap the noodles in order to fit them in the baking dish.
Repeat the layers 2 more times ending with the remaining meat mixture on top. If using the No-Boil Lasagna follow the manufacturer’s instruction as to the proper temperature and length of cooking time. Otherwise, use the following instructions. Cover and then bake in the preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes or until the lasagna noodles have softened and the mixture is bubbly and fully heated through. Uncover, sprinkle with the Italian cheese, and then bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted. Let stand for about 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!