Campanelle with Meat Sauce


Lasagna, mmmm, who doesn’t love lasagna? I mean except lactose intolerant people that is.

Well, I have an old standby recipe that my family loves! It’s not lasagna.

But it is like “faux” lasagna! I call it Campanelle with Meat Sauce! It’s basically all the ingredients of lasagna but without all the layering, and well…let’s face it, with out all the work!


  • 1 box Campanelle Noodles (These are like they took all the lasagna filly ends, and rolled em up) (Also great with Cavatappi, hollow spirals)


  • 1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce (Or homemade ;o)
  • 1lb browned ground beef
  • 1/2 pint low-fat ricotta cheese
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese (For sprinkling on top)
  • Optional: Garlic Bread, green salad and dressing


1. Cook noodles according to package instructions.

2. Meanwhile, brown 1 lb ground beef, season as desired. I use garlic salt, onion salt, oregano, basil, and parsley. It’s my secret mix, please don’t tell anyone.

3. Heat spaghetti sauce in medium sauce pan until warm. Add browned, drained, ground beef and let simmer a few minutes.

4. Drain noodles, and put them in a large serving bowl and pour on sauce mixture.

5. Sprinkle ricotta cheese clumps into bowl and stir gently. Sprinkle top with a little shredded parmesan cheese. (You can also top with mozzarella and stick in oven at 350 degrees for a few minutes to melt the cheese, just make sure you are using an oven proof pan!)

6. Serve with garlic bread and salad!

Hope you enjoy this simple take on a traditional meal!


  • Colleen March 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I make a dish similar to this and add spinach to get some green veggies in the kids diet. If I'm feeling adventurous I will even throw in some squash. The kids gobble it right up! Muwahaha!

  • Our Little (Kinda) family! March 18, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Looks super yummy! I am always looking for easy recipes! We also like things we can make and throw in the thermos to take to baseball practices during the week….this would be perfect! Thanks!

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  • Twisted Cinderella March 20, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I love recipes like this one!

  • tummymummy March 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Confused – doesn't ricotta cheese contain lactose? Likewise parmesan or mozzarella? Sorry but my mum is lactose intolerant and she doesn't eat any cheese at all because of this.

  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler March 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Yes, I'm sure all that cheese contains lactose.

  • MrsKTurner March 28, 2011 at 4:57 am

    We just moved this week and I cooked this our first night in the new house! Everyone loved it! I doubled the recipe because we had family here helping out. The next night I put the leftovers in a casserole dish, added mozzarella cheese on top and baked it. Thanks for such an easy recipe! I was so grateful that I had a meal so simple to cook that there was no need to order pizza or pick up fast food (yuck!) on moving day.

  • Heather November 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I tried this for my family and we all enjoyed it SO much! Thank you so much for sharing this SUPER yummy recipe! It’s going to be a keeper recipe that’s for sure! Next we are going to try your roast, my husband’s favorite! 🙂 Thanks a bunch!

  • Daniella January 18, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    So easy and sooo delicious! I don’t think I will bother to make Lasagna very often any more as this is so much less work and tastes so similar.


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