Lasagna Dip

5 from 14 votes

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Hot, cheesy, meaty, savory, and delicious, this cheesy Lasagna Dip will easily become a crowd favorite. Serve with garlic bread for ultimate flavor!

bread dipped in lasagna dip

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Here comes delicious! Today, I’m sharing the most delicious and satisfying appetizer I think I’ve ever posted. I never knew true love existed until I made and ate this cheesy Lasagna Dip. Making an actual lasagna recipe is a bit of a pain (worth it when you have the time!) but lasagna dip gets you to the same flavor town in a quarter of the time and you even get to eat your garlic bread too!

If you’re looking for more yummy dip recipes, look no further: Beef Enchilada Dip, Pepperoni Ranch Chip Dip, Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip, and Crockpot Chicken Nacho Dip!

red sauce layer in skillet

Main Ingredients Needed

Start out by gathering up these tasty ingredients to make Lasagna Dip!

  • Olive Oil, Yellow Onion + Garlic – these three start off this recipe on a flavorful note.
  • Ground Beef – I used a 93/7 blend. You could also replace this with Italian Sausage if desired.
  • Marinara Sauce – I like using the brand Rao’s for marinara sauce, but feel free to use whichever jarred sauce you like best.
  • Basil + Bay Leaf – two herbs to add even more savory flavor.
  • Salt + Pepper – and don’t forget to season as you go!

For the Cheese Topping

  • Cream Cheese – creamy tangy flavor.
  • Parmesan + Mozzarella Cheese – more cheesy goodness.
  • Salt + Pepper – and of course, season.
  • Parsley + Basil Leaves – for flavor and used as a garnish.
cheese mixture on top of red sauce layer in skillet

How to Make Lasagna Dip

For full details on how to make Lasagna Dip, see the recipe card down below 🙂

Brown Meat + Make Red Sauce

Preheat oven.

In a medium-sized cast-iron skillet, saute onion in olive oil until mostly tender. Add in garlic and ground beef. Break apart beef as it browns. Reduce heat to low and add in marinara sauce, basil, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Should be very thick. If you’d like it thinner, add in more marinara if you have it or a splash of water.

Cheese Topping

For the cheese topping, stir cream cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, salt, pepper, and dried parsley together until combined. Dollop on top of the red sauce.

Bake + Stir (Optional)

Bake then remove from oven, top with fresh basil and serve.

Optional step: stir the cheese mixture directly into the red sauce and bake. Top with basil and serve.

basil topping unbaked lasagna dip

What to Serve with Lasagna Dip

I mean what doesn’t go well with cheesy lasagna dip, not much! Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

bread scooping lasagna dip

Storing Lasagna Dip

Store lasagna dip in an airtight container for up to 4 days. If you’d like to store it in the skillet, be sure to cover well with plastic wrap.

Reheat in the microwave or if it’s still in the skillet you can heat it up in the oven until heated through.

Freezing Instructions

You can also freeze lasagna dip to make it in advance. Make the sauce and dollop on the cheese mixture, then let the skillet cool down completely. Cover in plastic wrap and tin foil then freeze for up to 3 months.

When you are ready, bake in the oven, right from the freezer (add about 10 minutes or more to the original bake time). I would suggest leaving the tin foil on for the majority of the baking then remove it during the last couple minutes to ensure a melty top.

More Lasagna Recipes to Try!

If there is food in heaven, then I’m pretty sure this Lasagna Dip would be front and center in the buffet line. Just sayin’.

The printable recipe card is down below, enjoy 🙂

5 from 14 votes

Lasagna Dip

Hot, cheesy, meaty, savory and delicious, this Cheesy Lasagna Dip will easily become a crowd favorite. Serve with garlic bread for ultimate flavor!
servings 6 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef 93/7
  • 2 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt & pepper to taste

cheese topping:

  • 2 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 6 fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1 loaf garlic bread toasted and cut into slices

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a medium sized cast iron skillet, saute onion in olive oil until mostly tender. Add in garlic and ground beef. Break apart beef as it browns.
  • Reduce heat to low and add in marinara sauce, basil, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Should be very thick. If you’d like it thinner, add in more marinara if you have it or a splash of water.
  • For the cheese topping, stir cream cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, salt, pepper and dried parsley together until combined. Dollop on top of the red sauce and bake for 15-20 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven, top with fresh basil and serve with garlic bread.
  • Optional step: stir the cheese mixture directly into the red sauce and bake. Top with basil and serve.

Notes

Nutritional info does not include garlic bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 684mg | Potassium: 472mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 660IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lasagna dip

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  1. Mary Marcella

    This looks like absolute heaven! Every month me and my girlfriends meet up for a girls night in of yummy food and wine! This would be perfect for next month!

  2. Tina

    We are a homemade dip making family! Love trying and making new dips for our lazy sundays! Cannot wait to try this look one! Looks delicious

  3. Constance Piwtorak

    5 stars
    This recipe looks yummy and I know my fam will love it. Thinking about using ground turkey to make it a bit healthier but nah!!!!!

    1. Crush & Craft

      5 stars
      Need to add this to my Serindipity Recipe list. Sounds incredibly yummy on a Fall day at home with a glass of Pinot Noir and a Netflix nite movie nite. Cant wait to try and make it.
      Might need to try 2 batches though , seems I am a little clumsy with things, not to mention me and the kitchen are not the best of friends. =)
      any tips for a guy on cooking basics……

  4. Shelby

    This looks so dang good. My hubby hates marinara sauce and most things pasta-ish so unfortunately I’ll have to wait to make this when someone else is around to help eat it lol. I WILL be trying it though. There’s no way this isn’t delish.

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