Dutch Oven Lasagna RecipeThank you to HomeRight for partnering with us on our dutch oven cooking series! Last week, we shared a review of the HomeRight Electrolight Fire Starter. I mentioned that we would be partnering with HomeRight in the coming weeks to share some AMAZING and delicious dutch oven recipes. Well, the time has come for the first recipe in this series. And boy am I excited about it! If you’re a long-time Clarks Condensed fan, you may be familiar with our easy meat lasagna recipe. It’s easily the most popular recipe we have on our blog and for good reason – it is delicious and easy. We just LOVE a good lasagna recipe in our house! When I was trying to decide what dutch oven recipe to create first, I thought it would be fun to make a dutch oven lasagna recipe. I’ve seen a lot of chicken, beef, etc. recipes for dutch ovens, so I thought this would be a bit more unique. Our dutch oven BBQ chicken and potatoes has always been a big hit, so I’m hoping everyone enjoys this. I had hoped to get our “Dutch Oven for Beginners” post up before this, but with our move, a few things have been pushed back on our editorial calendar. But one thing I discuss in that is that if you make something in the oven, you can almost always make it in the dutch oven! There are SO many easy dutch oven recipes out there – it’s something even easier than using the stove or oven. The key is just figuring out the right amount of coals to use. There are a bunch of websites that discuss how many you need – which is dependent on the size of dutch oven, the temperature you want to achieve, and what kind of cooking you are doing. I’ll go into the science of it in the other post (though here is a great resource until then), but I think that the Dutch Oven Gourmet app for Android or Dutch Oven Helper Lite for iOS devices are great for deciding how many coals you need. For 350 degrees, you generally will need 16 coals on top and 10 coals on the bottom. We also used our HomeRight ElectroLight Fire Starter to get our coals burning. Seriously, if you are going to be doing any amount of outdoor cooking this year, you should buy this. It makes lighting coals or a fire SO much easier. Obviously, you need to be near some kind of outlet (lots of campgrounds have them), but it’s an easy way to light charcoal without any chemicals – plus you can get the charcoal briquettes without lighter fluid, which are way cheaper. Here’s a video about it and you can buy it here. Anyways, once we got the coals lit, I just layered the lasagna like I would normally. We used a 12″ dutch oven, and it worked well. As you’ll see in the video, I don’t put the extra layer of sauce that I mention in the recipe. When we went to take the lasagna out, the top layer of noodles weren’t cooked at all…which, since they weren’t covered in very much sauce, makes sense! You need a little more liquid than you might think, so before you put on your final layer of cheese, make sure you pour over the extra jar of spaghetti sauce. You can cook your sausage and ground beef in the dutch oven or in another camping cooking dish, but really, I would just make it before you go, put it in a ziploc bag, and put it in a cooler. It is something easy you can do before you leave. Also, Forrest tried to use pieces of used charcoal briquettes at first, which didn’t work. So just use full, new pieces.
- 10-12 oven ready lasagna noodles
- 1 lb Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
- 1 lb ground beef, cooked and crumbled
- 2 jars of spaghetti sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 2 cups colby monterrey jack cheese
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 12 " cast iron dutch oven
- 26 charcoal briquettes
- Heat charcoal.
- Place 10 pieces of lit charcoal in the bottom of the pit. Place 12-inch dutch oven on top.
- Combine 1 jar of spaghetti sauce with the ground beef and sausage.
- Put a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the dutch oven.
- Put 3-4 lasagna noodles across the bottom.
- Spoon a layer of meat sauce, sprinkle parmesan cheese, and put a layer of the colby jack cheese
- Repeat two more times.
- Pour an additional jar of spaghetti sauce over the lasagna, making sure all the noodles are covered. Add water if needed to do so.
- Top generously with mozzarella cheese.
- Put dutch oven lid on top. Place 16 lit charcoal briquettes on top.
- Cook for about 60 minutes or until noodles are cooked and cheese is melted.