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August 23, 2012

Not Your Usual Lasagna

Not Your Usual Lasagna is exactly that ! Easier and more filling (with BACON too!) than the traditional lasagnas ~ Layers of deliciousness !

The recipe, Not Your Usual Lasagna, is a recipe originally shared by one of our star rugby players, Bryan Habana in the cookbook Springbok Kitchen for his version of a quick Lasagna.

I have made it a couple of times, differently each time. This is by far the tastiest of my experiments - it is very filling, but somehow we managed to really over-stuff ourselves. You know, it's one of those recipes where you just can't stop - same as starting with caramel peanuts or popcorn .. you start and don't stop until the whole packet is gone!

Not Your Usual Lasagna is exactly that ! Easier and more filling(with BACON too!)  than the traditional lasagnas ~ Layers of deliciousness !

I had planned to make a quick dessert afterwards, but halfway through dinner, we all decided against having a dessert as well .. now this does not happen very often at our house !

Not Your Usual Lasagna

6 Servings


1 Large Onion, chopped
2 TB Olive Oil
250 g Bacon Bits ( 8 oz )
750 g Lean Ground Beef ( 1 1/2 pounds will do )
1 cup Beef Stock
2 TB Tomato Paste
1 1/2 t Paprika
1 t Meat Spice   (your favorite)
1 Large Tomato, peeled and chopped
Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
500 g Rotini (Spiral) Pasta ( 16 oz )
2 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated

6 TB Butter
6 TB Flour
3 cups Milk


1.) Saute the Onion in the Oil until light brown and soft - add the Bacon Bits and fry 2 - 3 minutes - add the Ground Beef and fry until loose and light brown.
2.) Mix the Beef Stock, Tomato Paste, Paprika and Meat Spice - add this mixture together with the chopped Tomato to the meat - stir well, turn down the heat and let simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated. (15 - 20 minutes). When done, season with Salt and Black Pepper to taste.
3.) Meanwhile cook the Pasta according to the instructions on the packet, pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) and spray a large oven dish with cooking oil.
4.) Melt the Butter in a microwavable dish (at least 1 liter capacity), stir in the Flour to form a paste - add the Milk little at a time to the paste, scraping the sides and bottom whilst mixing the Paste with the Milk.
5.) Microwave the Milk mixture at full power for 6 - 8 minutes, stirring every 1 1/2 minutes to break up any clumps, until the sauce has thickened.
6.) Once the pasta is cooked, drain and keep aside.
7.) To assemble ; Place half of the Meat mixture on the bottom of the oven dish, followed by half of the pasta, one cup Cheddar cheese and half the White sauce (Layer each addition evenly on top of the other)
8.) Repeat the layers and end with the remaining 1/2 cup of Cheddar cheese - Bake for 20 - 30 minutes until nicely browned.

Serve with a crunchy salad on the side.

Not Your Usual Lasagna is exactly that ! Easier and more filling than the traditional lasagnas ~ Layers of deliciousness !


Not Your Usual Lasagna is exactly that ! Easier and more filling (with BACON too!) than the traditional lasagnas ~ Layers of deliciousness !


  1. I love everything about this recipe! Pinned :)

    1. Funny thing - when I made this, I thought of you and said to, Jamie will like this!

    2. Absolutely :) This may be our next recipe from your site!

  2. Looks interesting. I may have to try this!
    I would love to have you link this up to my linky party!

  3. Bacon. In lasagna. Oh how my kids would love that! :)

    1. Try it ! You will be pleasantly surprised, and definitely the kids as well,

  4. Mmm! This looks yummy! You can never go wrong with bacon, after all! ;-)
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

  5. Replies
    1. Bacon adds a lot of flavor to most dishes and this is really a very tasty recipe. Thanks for stopping by, Shiloh!

  6. Hi Linda,
    What a great recipe, I just love this combination of flavor. Hope you have a great holiday weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Yum. What a great twist. Thanks for sharing at Have a great weekend!

  8. Such wonderful flavor combos. Thanks for sharing on Southern Sundays. Hope to see you again tomorrow!

  9. I love that this has bacon in it. Yum! Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow!

  10. Linda,
    This sounds delicious! I love bacon and can't wait to try it in this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  11. What a great combo of flavors. I love a great lasagna!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight!!

    Thanks, Nichi

  12. That looks really interesting! I think my husband would like this.
    Thank you for linking up to Friday Fascinations! Don't forget to come back and link up to this week's party!

  13. What a beautiful dish. I'm very intrigued by it. YUM! Thanks much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

  14. Im concerned that your thickened sauce has no seasoning. Just milk, butter and flour?

    1. Melinda, the meat layers are very salty and rich. The white sauce (without seasoning) gives this dish just the right balance for us, but you can always add salt to the sauce if you prefer :-)


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