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Cheesy Lasagna Dip with Sausage: If you love, this lasagna inspired appetizer will become a new favorite! Gooey and flavorful, this lasagna dip is perfect for game day or to start off an Italian meal!!

Cheesy Lasagna Dip with Sausage on a toast with a sprig of basil

Cheesy Lasagna Dip with Sausage

Gooey cheese, tomato sauce, tender pasta…there were no complaints when my mom served up lasagna for dinner. Granted, she used cottage cheese instead of ricotta or bechamel, but her Midwest version truly satisfied. So when I started to see scads of recipes for Lasagna Dip from my food blogger friends and more, I knew it would be a dish I’d test out on my book club. 

Lasagna Dip on toast on a square white plate


Lasagna Inspired Appetizer

My first try was a cheesy lasagna dip with a ricotta base and a sauce using diced tomatoes, which was quite tasty…served with thin baguette toasts. But my sauce and/or the ricotta created a bit of a watery puddle in the bottom of the serving dish…which was easily remedied by pouring the excess off while holding the dip in place with a spoon. OK when making for family, but not exactly ideal when a crowd will be at the door at any minute!

Next up in the test kitchen was a cream cheese version utilizing a sauce with Tuttorosso’s Crushed Tomatoes with Basil in lieu of those diced tomatoes. Much better. And this creamier, cheesy lasagna dip with sausage was much more satisfying.  The family inhaled this before dinner after attending Easter Vigil Mass. Whew; a success.

FYI: The top photo is the dip with ricotta cheese and the bottom two are of the version using cream cheese.

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Cheesy Lasagna Dip with Sausage

Cheesy Lasagna Dip with Sausage

An appetizer inspired by the classic lasagna recipe!!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 8 servings


For dip:

  • 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage, cooked, crumbled and drained
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (store bought or homemade )
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature (may substitute ricotta, if desired. Drain well.)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella

For Marinara:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with basil (I use Tuttorosso brand Crushed Tomatoes with Basil)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons red wine


To make marinara:

  1. Saute onion in olive oil till softened. Add garlic and cook for just a minute or two.
  2. Add the salt, pepper, tomatoes, bay leaf and oregano. Bring to a simmer and add red wine. Cook for about 30 minutes, taste and add more seasoning as needed.
  3. Remove bay leaf before using.

To make dip:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Spread cream cheese in the bottom of a pie plate or small casserole dish.
  2. Mix sausage and marinara sauce and layer over cream cheese. Top with mozzarella. Bake or 15 minutes or till cheese is melted, starting to bubble and lightly browned. Serve warm with baguette toasts.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 27mg Sodium: 769mg Carbohydrates: 13g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 11g
Disclosure: Tuttorosso supplied me with a sampling of canned tomato products. I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Tuttorosso.

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43 comments on “Cheesy Lasagna Dip with Sausage”

  1. What a fun idea for a dip! My Italian in-laws would love this 🙂

  2. That would be a hit here:@)

  3. Great dip indeed, such a good idea. Will make it too for the next family/friends gathering.

  4. Oh my gosh, now you’ve given me a total craving for these!

  5. I love the sound of this lasagna dip – it would be such a huge hit at our house too 🙂

  6. This sounds like a great idea; what’s not to like!

  7. Yummy! That dip is mouthwatering & looks so inviting 😉 Thank you Liz for the recipe!

  8. Hi Liz, your lasagna dip look awesome. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe. Nice presentation.

    Have a nice day..

  9. My mom always used cottage cheese, too. Probably horrified at the cost of ricotta! This is such a great idea — I love it! Perfect for those times when you want to serve just a taste of lasagna to a crowd.

  10. Delicious Lizzy!!

  11. I love lasagna too and my mother used to make a great one with yes, ricotta sauce to lower the fat content and she’d also add a layer of spinach in the middle somewhere because it’s important to eat lots of greens! I’ve never heard of a lasagne dip but it looks lovely and I’m going to give this a try xx

  12. It’s been years since I went to mass but honestly, if I got to eat this first, I’d go back. Mother St. Arsene would be proud.

  13. LOL!! We were never allowed to eat before mass because we lived so close to the church it would break the fasting rule.
    My children LOVE lasagna so I am sure they would get stuck into this dip on a flash.

  14. Great dip posts lately, Liz. This one takes the cake!

  15. Lizzy,
    I’d have to keep the ricotta version. My family loves lasagna and I don’t think they would accept the cream cheese one. I looks delicious either way though.

  16. This dip would make all mass worth it, not that I have ever been 😛

    Choc Chip Uru

  17. The dip looks heavenly, Liz. You can’t beat a good cheese dip!

  18. Mmm I love lasagna and as a dip, I don’t know if I’d be able to control myself. I’ve always said to others I’m a part Italian (although I’m really not) because I love pasta, cheese and tomato sauce… ALWAYS. Can eat this everyday!

  19. I’m all for gooey and cheesy, Liz! 🙂 ela

  20. This looks delicious! Love it esp when topped with mozzarella cheese….

  21. Liz, what a brilliant idea for a dip! Not only does it look delicious, but the creaminess must taste divine!

  22. I love that you made your own marinara for this!

  23. Wonderful! Think I’ll whip up some good crusty homemade bread and a batch of this for the weekend!

  24. I think this is delicious gooey rich football fare! Looks like a winner both ways to me 🙂

  25. Sounds like a delicious cheesy dip to bring everyone together with.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  26. I really like that this is made with sausage, Liz. That must be sooo so tasty. I’m not sure I would leave any of this for anyone else!

  27. This dip would be an instant hit at any party!

  28. This has to be one great dip that would please about anyone! Like the plate also!

  29. Thanks for making the dip a second time and trying out different ingredients, Liz. The version with cream cheese look and sounds amazing! I’m going to plan a dinner party just so that I can make this fabulous, flavourful dip!

  30. You have the luckiest family! I’ll have to put this on my menu for my next dinner party.

  31. I love dips like this but they don’t last long in our house. I stopped into a store today and they had their picnic pie out for sampling. I had to pull myself away from it before I devoured the entire thing. It’s similar to this only with chicken – so I know this is tasty! I’m saving this.

  32. I want to join your book club, Liz! You take the best treats to your club mates =) P.s. Both versions look and sound great!

  33. Wow – another fabulous sounding dip recipe! I want to be in your book club!!!!!

  34. This is my ideal dish! I don’t like pasta too much ( I would always prefer bread). So clearly this dip would be a winner! Thank you for sharing Liz!

  35. I’m thinking I need to get myself into your book club, haha! All these recipes you make for them sound great!

  36. Oh my… what a drool worthy dip. I would really enjoy this with hunk of toasted garlic bread. Just thinking about it is making my taste-buds dance. 🙂

  37. What a fun recipe idea, a perfect party favor! Love snack ideas, and this is a perfect snack for hubby and I, YUM:-) Hugs, Terra

  38. I read your recipe with great interest. I’d like to make a version of this sometime. I think our FB fans would go nuts for it. Great recipe, Liz!

  39. Just saved to my favorites w/ out 100 of your other recipes, Liz! xx

  40. Was planning on making lasagne for dinner tonight and pounced on this. What a lovely idea, Liz! Makes an exciting change to so many of the classic dips.

  41. My willpower would be out of the door with this one!

  42. What a clever idea for a dip!! I mean – who doesn’t like lasagne? YUM!

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