Pepperoni Lasagna


You’ve probably heard people claim they have the world’s best lasagna before, but they’re misinformed. This is the world’s best lasagna. I was first introduced to the idea of putting pepperoni in lasagna by my cousin after I moved to West Virginia. He’s a genius. Lasagna is one of our favorite meals. I make it several times a month, and I never make it now without pepperoni! This is a dish that is bound to be a family favorite as well as being perfect for company. Take it to a potluck and you’ll be overwhelmed by raves.

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How to make Pepperoni Lasagna:

1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground sausage
6 ounces sliced pepperoni
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
salt to taste
1 7 1/2-ounce can tomato paste
1 pint home-canned tomatoes or 15-ounce canned tomatoes
1 box lasagna pasta
16 ounces ricotta cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon parsley
8-ounce shredded mozzarella

In a large saucepan, cook ground beef and sausage. Drain. Add onion and garlic; cook for a few more minutes. Combine with basil, oregano, salt, tomato paste and tomatoes, then simmer meat mixture for 15 minutes. In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese, eggs, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, and parsley.

Note: I never pre-cook lasagna pasta. They sell that “special” oven-ready lasagna that they say doesn’t need to be boiled. Forget that. Just use regular lasagna pasta. It works. Trust me.

To put lasagna together, place just enough sauce to cover the bottom of a greased 9 x 12 pan then layer half of the uncooked pasta, ricotta cheese mixture, and the meat/tomato mixture. On top of the meat/tomato mixture, layer sliced pepperoni. Place shredded mozarella on top. Repeat layers. At the end, sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan on top along with a little more parsley.

Bake at 375-degrees for 30 minutes.

Serve a salad topped with Garlic-Herb Croutons and have a loaf of Hot, Crusty French Bread handy! Then wait for people to rave over your amazing lasagna……

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  1. Kim A. says:

    No, not 13,000 calories per serving. But probably about 12,597. 😆

    Why is all the yummy food so bad for us?


    P.S. I don’t blame “52” for not wanting his picture splashed across the Internet! 😉

  2. kacey says:

    I so want something Italian to eat right now…That lasagna looks yummy!! Never thought of adding pepperoni to my lasagna.

  3. MARY says:

    :butterfly: You LOVE making people hungry, don’t you???? I love lasagna with sausage and pepperoni. YUM!!!!!!! You should be as big as a house! LOL!! :purr:

  4. Mental Pause Mama says:

    Good grief. Now I need to go get me some sausage and pepperoni. I am starving!

  5. Susan says:

    That lasagna recipe sounds and looks delicious! Maybe you could somehow work one of your recipes into a book of yours. :hungry:

  6. Jill says:

    I always get hungry here. :cattail:

  7. Brandy says:

    YUM! If I make all your recipes we’re all going to weigh 300 pounds! *G*

  8. Lis says:

    Mmmm this one looks good. :clap:

  9. Estella says:

    Sounds wonderful!

  10. Christine says:

    Yum!!! That looks good! I’m putting that on the menu for next week! :thumbsup:

  11. catslady says:

    I’ve never had it with pepperoni but it sounds really good. I usually only make lasagna for family gatherings and two of them are vegetarians so I haven’t made one with meat in a long time and I miss it. We have a family recipe that you add peas to the meat mixture – adds a sweet touch to it.

  12. Photochick (Amanda) says:

    This sounds absolutely delicious! My hubby would LOVE for me to try this recipe – thank you so very much for sharing it!!!

  13. Lisa says:

    Hi Suzanne

    I’m not sure how I stumbled onto your website but I’m sure glad I did! I’m printing off the recipe for the lasagna and I’m definitely trying the croissants. I’ve always wanted to make those.

    Wish me luck!

  14. Suzanne McMinn says:

    Good luck, Lisa! Let me know how it comes out! I’m glad you’re here. :biggrin:

  15. Barbara Howard says:

    My Experience with uncooked noodles.
    I met my husband online in a chat room. We had been friends for many years and during that time had met our fair share of losers. Anyway, finally, we decided to get together because we had so much in common and had truly fallen in love. Anyway, back to the story. The first time he came to my house, I decided to make him lasagna. My ex-stepsons’ wife recommended that I not cook the noodles when making the dish. I had always cooked the noodles.
    He arrived and this dish looked delicious. I cut into it and it’s hard as a rock. The poor guy ate it like it was manna from heaven. I decided right then and there that this was the man for me. Anyone who could eat this had to be in love with me. My son couldn’t even eat this stuff.
    Well, 7 years later and we’re still happily married. For the first 4 years though, I refused to make lasagna. I finally broke down and made it but I ALWAYS precook the noodles.
    This remains one of our fond memories in the “remember when…” series.

  16. Donna says:

    You lost me on the Pepperoni. LOL Well, I don’t like lasagna anyway, but I am not real fond of Pepperoni either – unless it is VERY THIN and extremely crunchy on a pizza. Then I will eat it. But, for lasagna lovers and I know there were millions, it looks like a winner. Lord knows, around here, if you are sick, and belong to a church, the first thing the women bring you is LASAGNA. LOL

  17. Leslie White says:

    I thought you were going to have a weekly column in the Chas. Daily Mail but I’ve yet to see it in there. I really love your website and all that goes with it. I like your recipes also as its the way I generally cook. I was just wondering what had happened to the column.

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      Hi, Leslie! You can read my first Daily Mail column online at –scroll down to the sidebar on the left where under Food & Living it has Country Living. Click on Country Living. That’s where my columns will always appear on their website. My second column was to be this past Monday but it was bumped for more space for inaugural coverage and will appear next Monday instead. My columns will be running every other Monday. (Except next Monday and the following they will runs two Mondays in a row to make up for being bumped this past Monday.) Thanks for asking!

  18. Mim says:

    This sounds so interesting. Like most of your recipes! I will have to give it a try. It kind of makes me think of crockpot pizza as far as the ingredients go. Thanks for the great recipes!

  19. Sheila says:

    I’m going to try and make this for dinner next weekend if my hubby doesn’t have to work , I used to make lasagna alot when we were first married , but haven’t done so in awhile. So this could be interesting :).

  20. KathleenD says:

    I find your site so interesting, and the recipes look yum. I just finished printing a whole bunch and plan to start trying them real soon. 🙂

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