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Best Cowboy Lasagna Easy Recipe (Trisha Yearwood’s)

Cowboys MUST eat pepperonis, Italian sausage and ground beef and that THREE MEAT thing must mean COWBOYS? Right? Trisha Yearwood’s Cowboy Lasagna recipe is filled with a hearty meat mixture, ricotta cheese and cups and cups of cheese! It’s really the Best Cowboy Lasagna Easy Recipe (Trisha Yearwood’s)

scoop of cowboy lasagna with pepperonis.

PERFECT, meaty and filling! This Cowboy Lasagna is the EXACT thing you’ll want to fill bellies and satisfy tastebuds! It rivals our Best Classico Lasagna recipe even!


The Prized Cowboy Lasagna Recipe

Name a Cookbook Author, Food Network Star and Southern Songstress who rivals the Pioneer Woman in being a passionate hostess and in TV star cooking show fame: enter Trisha Yearwood.

This is Yearwood’s Lasagna Recipe and is a great way to add cookbook home cooking recommended by more than a couple of people!

It’s perfect for your family’s holiday soiree or any time you need a crowd-pleasing recipe in a casserole dish that pleases even the pickiest eater!

A delicious taste of home found in cheese pulls, layer of lasagna noodles, a mix of ricotta and jar sauce! Giada de Laurentiis Italian recipes and Ina Garten’s Best Dinner Recipes have got nothing on the Best Cowboy Lasagna Easy Recipe (Trisha Yearwood’s)!

Why This Recipe Works…

  • Pound of Ground Beef, Sausage and Pepperonis make the Best Lasagna! 
  • Single Layers of Ounces Mozzarella Cheese Melty Cheese and Cheese Pulls!
  • Flavors of a traditional lasagna recipe with the surprise of the addition of spicy pepperoni!
  • A layer of the prepared sauce!

Here’s How It’s Done…

9x13 baking dish layered with cowboy lasagna ingredients
STEP 1: Layer of the Lasagna Noodles Cooked al dente by package directions (Boil noodles or use the No Boil type).
Parmesan Cheese being sprinkled on top of the 9x13 pan full of ingredients.
STEP 2. Top with the rest of the cheese.
Add that parmesan last! Then Bake, that’s it!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I Just Make 1/2 of This Recipe?

Yes! make it in a 8×8 or 9×9 pan. 

Can I FREEZE this Lasagna? 

Certainly!  It freezes GREAT! 

Either cover and wrap the entire pan in freezer safe plastic or paper OR package individual slices in freezer bags. Here’s some great info about food storage from the CDC. 

Can I Use Vegan Options for This Recipe?

Sure, you can use the crumbles and vegan pepperoni, use good vegan melting cheeses as well.

How Long Does This Recipe Last?

It will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days if kept covered.

How Do I Reheat This Lasagna? 

  • Place the entire pan in the oven on 350 and heat for 20 minutes or until heated through. 
  • If reheating a single slice, it’s best to do that in a microwave in a microwave safe container, covered with plastic wrap and a few drops of water in the bowl. 
  • On high for 1 minute, check and go in 30 second intervals after that. 

TIPS and TRICKS For Cowboy Lasagna

  • Prepare everything ahead before you try to assemble. Just makes it easier.
  • You can brown ground beef over medium heat with the Italian sausage in a heavy skillet and just add as one ingredient.
  • If you can’t find Italian sausage in a bulk form then just use the links and squeeze the meat from the casings and discard the casings.
  • If you want some super melty and tasty lasagna, use the fresh mozzarella and WOW! Wonderful! Use real parmesan cheese too and WHOA!
  • Always start a lasagna with some of the sauce in the bottom of the baking dish – it helps prevent sticking!
  • Coat your casserole dish with cooking spray or olive oil for less sticking.
  • You can substitute cottage cheese for the ricotta.

PRO TIP:  To make this as quickly as possible, use the no boil lasagna noodles, jarred tomato sauce and preshredded cheeses. That only leaves you with browning the meats before hand. 

glass pan of cowboy lasagna.


Precook your noodles as indicated in the recipe below. Coat the pot with olive oil Then layer the ingredients as indicated for oven baking. Repeat layers until complete.

Set the crockpot on low and allow to cook for 4 hours. 


Cut the recipe in half and make in a pan that will fit in the toaster oven.


There are a lot of ways to make this recipe your own but one of my favorites is to substitute the lasagna noodles with a package of tater tots! Give it a try!

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This Cowboy Lasagna post was originally published on May 14, 2016

cowboy lasagna


This MEATY and HARDY dish serves a crowd.  The leftovers are wonderful too.  Freezes well.  All the hallmarks of a perfect dinner! 
4.84 from 75 votes
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cowboy Lasagna, lasagna
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 656kcal


  • 1 lb browned ground beef
  • 1 lb browned italian sausage
  • 2 jars tomato based Pasta Sauce
  • 12 Lasagna noodles cooked per package instruction
  • 12 oz pepperonis two packages
  • 4 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 8 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 4 oz Grated Parmesan Cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 350. 
  • While the oven is preheating, brown the ground beef and the Italian sausage over medium heat in a frying pan. When browned, remove each from the heat and reserve. Cook the Lasagna noodles according to package instructions and reserve.
  • In a 9×13 baking dish Spoon several spoonfuls of the pasta sauce into the baking dish. 
  • Begin layering the ingredients as follows: 3 lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the pasta sauce, ⅓ of the browned ground beef, ⅓ of the Italian sausage, ⅓ of the pepperonis, ⅓ of the Mozzarella Cheese, ⅓ of the Ricotta Cheese, ⅓ of the parmesan. End with the cheeses on top.
  • Place the 9×13 pan on a baking sheet and place on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 45-55 mins until heated through and bubbly. Cheese will be melted throughout and the edges will be browned. If you like yours less browned, lightly cover with aluminum foil for the last 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and serve hot. Great with garlic bread and a salad!


  • Prepare everything ahead before you try to assemble.  Just makes it easier.
  • You can brown the ground beef and Italian sausage together and just add as one ingredient if you want and that will taste the same.
  • If you can’t find Italian sausage in a bulk form then just use the links and squeeze the meat from the casings and discard the casings.  
  • If you want some super melty and tasty lasagna, use the fresh mozzarella and WOW!  Wonderful!  I used the pre-shredded type for the video because I know that is what most American’s use – but if you use the fresh, you won’t be disappointed.


  • If you want some super duper tasty lasagna, use the REAL parmesan cheese!  You REALLY won’t be disappointed!  It is so super flavorful!
  • In lots of recipes, you find me doctoring sauces with lots of herbs.  Not needed in this recipe!   
  • Always start a lasagna with some of the sauce in the bottom of the baking dish – it helps prevent sticking!
  • After cooking the noodles, I always lay mine out on a cookie sheet and coat with a little spray of non stick spray.  Noodles like to stick to one another and this helps keep things unsticky.  


  • This dish is WONDERFUL warmed over , which is good because it makes a TON!  Invite friends over for this dish!
  • You CAN freeze this dish for later and it heats back up beautifully!
PRO TIP:  To make this as quickly as possible, use the no boil lasagna noodles, jarred tomato sauce and preshredded cheeses.  That only leaves you with browning the meats before hand. 


Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 656 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 19g95%
Cholesterol 132mg44%
Sodium 1197mg50%
Potassium 399mg11%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 420IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 358mg36%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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I know this is a recipe my dad would have loved, especially for the mystery of the name (why is it called a Cowboy Lasagna anyway?). He would have made lots and lots of jokes about pepperoni eating cowboys.

AND THAT is what I love about recipes like this. d

Ecclesiastes 10:19

Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything.

Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Recipe Rating


Sunday 28th of April 2024

Can you use oven ready lasagna noodles for the cowboy lasagna?

Wendi Spraker

Monday 29th of April 2024

Yes, you absolutely can! Follow the instructions on the box. Usually that is 1. don't overlap the noodles and 2. Don't allow the noodles to touch the edges of the pan.

Chris Perry

Wednesday 10th of April 2024

I haven't tried it yet, but I love the idea of adding the pepperoni!! Looks so fun and easy!!!

Wendi Spraker

Monday 29th of April 2024

I guess pepperonis make something "cowboy"? I'm not sure. But it is very tasty!


Monday 26th of February 2024

No doubt many people find this tasty, however, it is a heart-attack on a plate. Not only do pepperoni and most sausages contain nitrates and are high in unhealthy fat, but pepperoni, sausage, jarred/canned tomato and pasta sauces, and the cheeses all contain excessively large amounts of salt.

One can purchase lower-salt pasta sauce (although most people don’t), but still won’t be able to appropriately control the amount of salt unless the sauce is salt-free. Even if one uses pepperoni and sausage without nitrates, they will still have an unhealthy amount of salt in them because next to the meat itself, salt is the key ingredient.

People should be considering what the long-term effects are to not only themselves and their spouses, but also to their children's smaller bodies, blood vessels, and organs. Children eat what we feed them and in addition to the cumulative effect on their young bodies over time, they develop lifelong eating habits and food preferences from what we feed them.

Finally, I do not know why Trisha Yearwood (or anyone else) calls this “cowboy” lasagne. It must just be a piece of marketing herself as a Country (Country and Western) singer, because real cowboys never ate anything like this.

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 27th of February 2024

Hi Mia, Absolutely! This recipe IS tasty. Very much so. It isn't healthy and I never made any claims that it was. It's comfort food and you will find that most comfort food doesn't fall in the category of "healthy". In fact, there is very little on this entire website that one would say is "healthy". There are TEN YEARS of recipes here, I welcome you to check them all out. More than a thousand, almost none are healthy. I would recommend Cowboy Lasagna as a special "treat". It's something you might ask your mom to make for a birthday. It makes a TON of lasagna so you would really need a party of people to eat the whole thing. Yes, it is salty. So is a meat lovers pizza - it has the same ingredients and also, you don't eat one every day. You are correct in how to make this less salty, but again, this isn't a health recipe. There are MANY health food websites out there, I invite you to go check those out. In fact, there is an entire website out there that uses my recipes and makes them "healthy". I think you might prefer that website. That's not what this website is about. That is why the tag line is "The Unapologetic Southern Comfort Food" Website. I have no idea why it's called "Cowboy" Lasagna. It's a fun name for fun people who enjoy some fun times and who like to laugh, I suspect that is why you might not understand the terminology.


Wednesday 21st of February 2024

I’m not sure where “cowboy” comes in. This is how we have always made lasagna.

Wendi Spraker

Monday 26th of February 2024

That's interesting. I think the cowboy comes from the mixture of the meats and adding the pepperonis.


Sunday 7th of January 2024

Haven't actually made it yet, but it sounds incredible.

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 7th of January 2024

Hi Nancy! I hope you do and I hope you love it! We've had it a couple of times over the holidays and its still a family pleaser. Hope your family enjoys it too!


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