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Velveeta Lasagna

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My Maw-Maw’s lasagna recipe has a few surprising ingredients that likely make it a bit different from the one you grew up with, but it is so delicious. You have to make some for dinner soon!

Slice of cheesy velveeta lasagna with bits of ground beef, mozzarella cheese, and red sauce, ready to eat.

The lasagna I grew up with has a few unexpected ingredients, but it is so good. There is a reason why my family keeps coming back to it after all of these years anyway. Make a pan full of my Maw-Maw’s Velveeta lasagna for a perfect comfort food dinner.

Midwestern Lasagna

Most people in the Midwest grow up with their mom making lasagna one of two ways:

  1. With ricotta
  2. With cottage cheese
Ingredients including lasagna noodles, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ground beef, and parmesan cheese.

I grew up having neither in my lasagna!  MiMi made lasagna completely different and she learned to make it that way from Maw-Maw.  

So get ready to be shocked, amazed or possibly horrified.  No matter what, just promise you will give it a try!

Are you dying to know what the secret filling is?  I guess I can let you in on the family secret.

 Maw-Maw uses Velveeta cheese in her lasagna!

I know, I know.  I’ll give you a minute to digest that.


Ready now?

The Meat in This Velveeta Lasagna

Ok.  Now sit down for this.  I know you are in a fragile state already, I don’t want this next part to do you in.  

Instead of Italian sausage, she uses ground beef.

Yep, you read that right.

A ground beef and Velveeta cheese lasagna, and it is AMAZING!  You just have to give it a try.

 This was always one of my favorite dinners growing up.  It was usually a birthday or special occasion dinner and everyone loved it.

Lifting slice of gooey cheesy Velveeta lasagna out of pan.

As the years went on, I became the chief lasagna maker, a role I was happy to take.  I always loved helping in the kitchen.  

Now I make a variety of lasagnas, but there is always a special place in my heart for this one.

My husband, who thinks his mom’s lasagna is pretty much the only one that deserves to go by the name of lasagna, was even a fan!

What are you waiting for?  Give it a try already!

More Great Lasagna Recipes:

One Pot Skillet Lasagna gives you the flavor of lasagna without the layers, so it is quicker and easier.

Creamy Buffalo Chicken Lasagna is a super fun game day inspired twist on lasagna. It is sure to surprise your family.

Tex Mex Lasagna mixes the flavors of the south together with layers of lasagna.

Piece of lasagna with melty velveeta cheese oozing out of the middle, ready to eat.

Chicken broccoli Alfredo lasagna is a creamy white lasagna. It has everything you love about fettucine Alfredo baked into a lasagna form.

If you like this, you may also like the recipe for cheese stuffed chicken Parmesan meatloaf. It is loaded with melted cheese and marinara goodness.

Did you make this great recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

Piece of velveeta lasagna on plate with fork, showing melty velveeta cheese in the middle, with ground beef, marinara sauce, ground beef and more.

Velveeta Lasagna

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
If you've never had lasagna with Velveeta in it, you are missing out. My Maw-Maw's recipe makes for the cheesiest lasagna. It has been a favorite dinner in our family for decades and now it can be a hit at your dinner table as well!
4.72 from 46 ratings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 2 jars spaghetti sauce
  • 1 pound lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 pound Velveeta or similar, sliced
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13 baking dish
  • Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Drain any excess grease and set aside.
    1 pound ground beef
  • Cook lasagna noodles to al dente, then drain.
    1 pound lasagna noodles
  • Start by spreading ½ of a jar of sauce on the bottom of the dish.
  • Place a layer of pasta over the sauce. Overlap the noodles to keep distinct layers.
  • Next, layer the other ½ of a jar of sauce, half the ground beef, and 1 cup of mozzarella.
  • Make another layer of pasta followed by slices of Velveeta.
    1 pound Velveeta
  • Layer more pasta, ½ jar of sauce, the rest of the meat, and 1 cup of mozzarella.
  • Top with the last layer of pasta, ½ jar of sauce and remaining cup of mozzarella.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle on the Parmesan Cheese. Return to the oven for 10 more minutes.
    ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Let rest for 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 386kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 26gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 857mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Tuesday 11th of October 2022

Have you ever made this into lasagna roll ups?


Tuesday 11th of October 2022

I haven't, but that would be fun to try!


Saturday 24th of September 2022

This is the lasagna of my childhood, too. Velveeta was the secret for sure. I've tried it with Cheez Whiz, but definitely the Velveeta is the right way. Such a great comfort food!


Saturday 24th of September 2022

Isn't it amazing? Cheez Whiz would be fun to try too, but there is just something about Velveeta.

Mary Lou

Tuesday 24th of May 2022

This seems like a dumb question, but I have never tried to make any kind of lasagna because we don’t like cottage cheese…. But I assume you cook the ground beef before layering? Recipe doesn’t say.


Tuesday 24th of May 2022

Thanks for asking, I will try to clarify that in the recipe card. I do cook the ground beef before layering. I hope you enjoy the lasagna!


Sunday 20th of February 2022

Can you use oven ready lasagna noodles


Sunday 20th of February 2022

Yes, we've made it both ways!


Tuesday 28th of May 2019

My family always used swiss cheese, cream cheese and parmesan in their lasagna. it's probably an odd combination of cheeses but it's delicious and everybody who has tried it has loved it. it's easy to make and the homemade sauce is simple and flavorful too.


Saturday 8th of June 2019

That is definitely a different combination of cheeses, but I'd love to try it!