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A play on lasagna, this Mock Lasagna is an easy weeknight dinner with ground beef, lots of cheese and crescent rolls – it is a family favorite.

Mock Lasagna Recipe - A play on lasagna, this Mock Lasagna is an easy weeknight dinner with ground beef, lots of cheese and crescent rolls is a family favorite.

Originally posted October 24, 2008 – I was craving some comfort from my childhood the other day, and this was the first dish that came to my mind. I have been eating this for longer than I can remember, and making it for my own family for years. And I know that I’m not the only one – my sisters have continued the tradition and also make this for their families!

Mock Lasagna Recipe - A play on lasagna, this Mock Lasagna is an easy weeknight dinner with ground beef, lots of cheese and crescent rolls is a family favorite.

Since I am going through a family cookbook for this month’s Cookbook of the Month, I wanted to make sure I did at least one main dish from my childhood. Not only do I have memories of this dish from my childhood, but I’ve made it many times myself now.

Recipe for Mock Lasagna - a childhood favorite filled with beef, cheese and crescent rolls.

In the family cookbook, it is called Pizza Pie, which I thought was strange since I always remembered it being called Mock Lasagna. Call it what you may, but it is a delicious, hearty meal. And do you remember the Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations that I used not too long ago? They come in quite handy for this recipe!! If you can’t find the Recipe Creations, you can always use the crescent rolls and just pinch the perforations together. And this recipe is easily halved – which is great for a small household like mine!

Mock Lasagna - the perfect comfort food, this is a recipe I have been eating since I was a kid!

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A play on lasagna, this Mock Lasagna is an easy weeknight dinner with ground beef, lots of cheese and crescent rolls - it is a family favorite.
Serves: 6-8 servings
Meat Filling
  • ½ lb sausage
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • dash of pepper
Cheese Filling
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • ¾ lb grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls or Recipe Creations
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large pan, cook sausage and beef until no longer pink. Add the onion and garlic and saute until the onion is translucent. Add the parsley, tomato sauce, basil, salt and pepper and simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all the cheese filling ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Mold one can of crescent rolls in the bottom of a lightly greased 9×13 inch dish. Spread the meat filling over the dough. Top with the cheese filling. Mold the remaining can of dough over the top.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
from Goodman's Galloping Gourmet (a family cookbook) and my childhood


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38 Responses to Mock Lasagna Recipe

  1. Patsyk says:

    I love recipes like this one! I’m adding it to my list of recipes to try since it seems like a great meal for the family.

  2. Maria says:

    Looks good! I should bring out some of my old childhood favorites. Thanks for the reminder!!

  3. Ryley says:

    hmmm… we had spagehtti last night and I have a bunch of left over sauce.. This seems like a really good thing to do with it!!
    I’m normally not a huge fan of cottage cheese in lasagna.. (I know.. I’m a bad utahn!!) but this looks like I’d be able to handle it. Thanks for the good suggestion…..

  4. kamailesfood says:

    My husband would love this. Sounds yummy!

  5. mikky says:

    great idea you have there… thanks for sharing… 🙂

  6. kat says:

    I think I remember having something like that as a kid too

  7. nicole says:

    I need to bookmark this. It looks tasty.

  8. Deb says:

    It reminds me very much of something I had in my childhood too. My kids would love this.

  9. Dawn says:

    Wow that looks so easy. I might have to save this for one of those busy days when I haven’t a lot of time to cook.
    I used those Cresent rolls once for homemade danishes, it was really tasty!
    Thanks for sharing

  10. Emiline says:

    I have never had this, but I would like it!

  11. Emiline says:

    I feel like posting a third comment.

  12. Kevin says:

    This sounds really simple and tasty!

  13. Heather says:

    ohh, this looks good! i’ve never heard of it before. and i love your chicken tetrazzini. that’s one of my favorite things to make, ever. that and chicken divan. yum.

  14. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    It looks really good! I’ve never had this dish, but I’d surely love it!



  15. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    Love this dish! Perfect for a mid-week lasagna craving. Another great way to use those Recipe Creations, too!

  16. Paula says:

    I’m all for anything with sausage and beef! Those crescent rolls are the greatest thing since sliced bread, and a baking time of 25 minutes works for me!

  17. Grace says:

    i’m usually too lazy to put together a real lasagna, so this is an awesome alternative. nice find! 🙂

  18. Sandy says:

    crescent rolls are so fun to cook with! come over and see my post 🙂

  19. Meg says:

    Definitely have to make this! I love using refrigerated rolls in recipes!

  20. Sophie says:

    How fun! Sounds like something any kiddo would enjoy :). I’ve had all kinds of pies, but never one like this :D.

  21. MeetaK says:

    sensational! i had never heard of a mock lasagne. Deborah this could become one of my fave week time dinners!

  22. noble pig says:

    I love the mock lasagna name how cool is that.

  23. Aimée says:

    We would love this around here, especially the kids. What a fun flashback to your childhood.

  24. veron says:

    This looks like a layered dish of goodness! Makes me hungry!

  25. Prudy says:

    Wouldn’t that be so yummy after a chilly night of Trick or treating??

  26. kellypea says:

    Do you remember the Bisquick Impossible Pies? This reminds me of them. They were sooooo good. My guys would love this.

  27. Anya says:

    Hi! First I love love love your site. You have recipes that are easy and look delicious!

    Second, I made this Pizza Pie tonight and it’s wonderful!! So easy and so good. I love how there is so much cheese that there are tons of strings getting out a serving.

    Thanks a bunch for keeping such a great blog!

  28. Catherine says:

    THis looks simply wonderful. Catherine

  29. Rachel Cooks says:

    total comfort food! love this!

  30. I love family recipes like this! So simple and so comforting!

  31. dc says:

    We used to make an even more shortcut version of this. A little Prego and most of a beaten egg in ground beef, cheddar cheese and crescent rolls with egg wash on top. Served with extra Prego. My sons still love this, too.

  32. DebbieW says:

    Is the bottom layer of crescent rolls necessary? It seems to me that they would just absorb a lot of liquid & be soggy. Does anyone make it with just the top crescents?

    • Deborah says:

      I’m sure you could omit the bottom layer if you want, but it kind of keeps everything together. I don’t think it ends up soggy, but it’s definitely not as crisp as the top layer.

  33. Crescent dough instead of lasagna sheets?? Sign me up! Such a unique idea!

  34. What a fantastic weeknight meal! i love your play on it with the crescent rolls!

  35. Chels R. says:

    Looks delish and I love Faux dinners. I made one of those last week too-happened to be another lasagna inspired pasta.

  36. Kristi says:

    This is in oven now. I do something similar with biscuits. We used prego. My boyfriend wanted more meat so we doubled it and layered the meat and cheese. I prebaked the bottom layer while meat was cooking for a bit so it got done. We had fresh basil and parsley frfrom garden so added that!

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