One of my favorite Last Food Network Star winners was Jeff Mauro. His point of view was sandwiches. He could turn any dish into a sandwich like this lasagna in a bun recipe that I am sharing today. My daughter loved to watch the show that resulted from his win – called Sandwich King. My daughter loves to watch the show with me and just cracks up. He has a fun goofy personality that makes his show entertaining. And I must admit, I have a teensy crush on him (partially due to his Chicago accent) and his love for food.
Well, today’s recipe is in true Jeff Mauro fashion. We are turning lasagna into a sandwich. The are no noodles involved in this sandwich, just bread. You need a good crusty bread. But this lasagna in a bun has everything else in it that you would expect from lasagna – ground beef coated in flavorful saucy tomato richness along with some ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese! There is even some cheddar cheese in there too!
- CRUSTY SUBMARINE, HOAGIE, OR FRENCH BUNS (8 INCHES)
- GROUND BEEF
- SPAGHETTI SAUCE
- GARLIC POWDER
- ITALIAN SEASONING
- RICOTTA CHEESE
- PARMESAN CHEESE
- CHEDDAR CHEESE
- MOZZARELLA CHEESE
- 6 crusty submarine, hoagie, or French buns (8 inches)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cup spaghetti sauce
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Cut a 2-in.-wide V-shaped cut in the center of each bun to within 1 inch of bottom. Remove cut portion and save for another use. You are makiing a nice tunnel to hold of of the meat and cheese.
- Place buns on an ungreased 9 x 13 baking dish.
- In a large skillet, brown beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink; drain.
- Add spaghetti sauce, garlic powder and Italian seasoning to the cooked meat and combine; heat through.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
- Spoon meat mixture into buns; top with spoonfuls of ricotta mixture.
- Cover loosely with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Sprinkle tops with remaining cheddar and mozzarella cheeses; bake, uncovered, 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serves 6.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.