Tennessee Lasagna by Dinah Shore

"This is a recipe by Dinah Shore. I got it many years ago. It is a very different Lasagna than what I was making, and a nice change of pace. It's not what you were expecting in a lasagna"
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Ready In:
2hrs 5mins




  • Prepare macaroni as directed on package.
  • For Sauce:

  • Brown onion and garlic in oil; add celery and green pepper. Cook until softened. Remove from pan.
  • Add ground beef to pan and brown well. Add salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, pinch oregano, mushrooms, and then onion mixture. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
  • Add tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  • Simmer low for 1 hour, or until sauce blends.
  • In a large casserole dish, assemble by putting a layer of cooked macaroni; dot with butter, add 1/2 of cheese cubes, and then layer of sauce. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
  • Then add another layer of macaroni, butter and cheese cubes.
  • Finish with a layer of sauce;top with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in 350°F oven for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted inside and dish is thoroughly heated.
  • This can be prepared ahead.

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  1. Thanks so much for posting this recipe.........I found it many years ago in an old cookbook. Tennessee Lasagna is a great comfort-food casserole to serve any time, but especially on chilly nights. That Dinah shore was a great cook and wonderful personality.


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