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Beyond Meat and Cheese: 7 Alternative Lasagna Recipes

A casserole dish of spinach lasagna sitting on a cutting board, next to one serving of lasagna on a white plate.
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Lasagna: it’s a classic family meal everyone enjoys. While there’s certainly no need to disrupt the flawlessness of this casserole, it’s sometimes fun to try new things.

There is so much more you can do with this meal than just meat, cheese, and tomato sauce. From steak-filled to veggie-loaded, our list is sure to have a new recipe you and your family will love!

Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

Let’s start things off with the ever-popular spinach and mushroom lasagna. This vegetarian version makes a large casserole that’s enough to feed many friends and family.

If you want a hearty, “meaty” texture, the combination of shiitake and cremini mushrooms that fill the layers of this dish really deliver! Try this three-cheese, veggie-filled delight next time you have many mouths to feed.

Get the Recipe: Simply Recipes

Mexican Lasagna

A plate of Mexican lasagna, topped with sour cream, tomatoes, and black olives.
Taste of Home

If you were hoping for a recipe with some Mexican flair, you’ll love this one from Taste of Home. It’s filled with ingredients like ground beef, chilies, refried beans, cheese, and (of course), salsa.

After you layer the ingredients and build this beautiful dish, into the oven it goes. For the final five minutes, top it off with sour cream, olives, onions, and tomatoes.

Everyone will enjoy this delicious masterpiece of a meal.

Get the Recipe: Taste of Home

Zucchini Lasagna

Need a low-carb version of your favorite childhood dish? Enter, zucchini lasagna! This keto-friendly, gluten-free meal meets the dietary restrictions of many folks—and it tastes fantastic, too! You can also skip the meat for a vegetarian version.

You make a beef mixture, a cheese mixture, prepare your zucchini, and then assemble your layered dish. If you need a little extra guidance, be sure to watch the helpful video!

Get the Recipe: Sweet and Savory Meals

Vegetarian Lasagna

A piece of vegetarian lasagna.
Recipe Tin Eats

Has meatless Monday become your weekly New Year’s resolution? If so, here’s an exceptionally tasty meal to add to your list of dishes.

Roasted pumpkin, zucchini, onion, and red bell pepper make a fantastic combination in this layered lasagna. However, it’s the spinach ricotta and homemade tomato sauce that bring this meal together so effortlessly.

Get the Recipe: Recipe Tin Eats

Philly Cheesesteak Lasagna

For all you Philly cheesesteak lovers out there, boy do we have a delicious set up for you. Packed with savory steak, loaded with five different cheeses, and topped with sautéed peppers and onions, you’ll fall in love with this amazing dish.

This unique casserole tastes great with a side salad and garlic bread. It’s a very filling meal, so if you’ve got a big family to feed, this should do the trick.

Get the Recipe: I heart Recipes

Chicken Mushroom Lasagna

A white casserole dish filled with mushroom, chicken, and spinach lasagna.
Little Broken

When it comes to pasta, many people choose a creamy white over a tomato-based sauce. If that’s you, you’ll love this chicken, mushroom, and spinach lasagna.

The white alfredo-like sauce combines nicely with (and truly enhances) the chicken and other ingredients. Enjoy this with a side salad and relish those leftovers.

Get the Recipe: Little Broken

Cajun Lasagna

Nothing quite kicks a craving for a meal packed with heat like a Cajun dish. When you want a home-cooked meal with a real twist, this one takes the cake.

While the peppers and onions certainly add heartiness, nothing beats the rich flavor the cheese sauce brings to this yummy dish.

Get the Recipe: Tornadough Alli


We understand nothing can replace the true love you have for lasagna. But if you feel daring enough to try a new combination of flavors, give any of these seven unique recipes a shot!

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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