pot roast lasagna

pot roast lasagna


Leftover pot roast is transformed into THE BEST lasagna that you’ve ever tasted! Thick rich and meaty, pot roast lasagna is sure to be a dinner hit!

Lasagna styles. So many options. How many layers. What to put between the layers. Should I use ricotta cheese or cottage cheese. What kind of cheese? All of these options for making lasagna are up to you. But, there’s one thing that we love love in our lasagna, and that’s a great meaty sauce. There’s nothing meatier and more delicious than leftover pot roast or leftover beef roast.

Lasagna Recipes

To give the meat even more flavor, we’re going to cook it just a while longer with some Italian flavors…tomatoes, basil, oregano. This mixture will become the basis for a hearty and perfect for your favorite lasagna recipes. After that cooking, it’s a matter of layering the lasagna, baking it and then eating.

You decide whether you want to noodles that require boiling before layering or buy the noodles that are no bake, which I used in this recipe. They’re just so convenient. And, save yet another cooking step making lasagna even easier on weeknight. Now, you can make this one day and serve the next day. The flavors will simply ooze and mingle becoming even more delicious!

Pot Roast

Usually when you make a pot roast, you make a big one. You probably have leftovers. The meat is tender tasty and perfect for so many other dishes. Once you taste this pot roast lasagna, the next time you make a pot roast, you’ll probably buy a much bigger one then freeze the cooked meat for this recipe later! Cooking once and eating two or three times sure does save time, energy and money. Plus, it’s just darn smart for busy families, people with hectic lives and more.

With a little planning, you can do a big pot roast and get three meals, each different, from it! And, when I say planning, it’s simply a matter of thinking, ok, I’ll do pot roast and sides first, then a lasagna, and if there’s any left after that, let’s do sandwiches or a hearty vegetable soup.

Leftover Roast Beef Recipes 

For sure you can freeze leftover pot roast. And, you can use left over roast beef to make soups and stews. But, have you ever considered using leftover roast beef, be it pot roast, chuck roast, just in general what I call ‘stringy’ beef, in  lasagna recipes. Maybe not. But, honestly, you sure should give it a try. You’re gonna have a thick rich meaty layer of leftover roast beef that just sends the overall lasagna profile into orbit! 

Next time you have that leftover pot roast, put stew, soup or sandwiches on the back burner. Think Italian lasagna! The meat is so ‘meaty’ and the texture of the shredded roast adds an entirely new dimension to lasagna.

Here’s my blue plate special pot roast that also can make some mean lasagna using the roast beef leftovers! 
pot roast lasagna

pot roast lasagna

pot roast lasagna

Yield: 6-8 servings

Leftover pot roast is transformed into THE BEST lasagna that you've ever tasted! Thick rich and meaty, pot roast lasagna is sure to be a dinner hit!


  • 4-5 cups leftover pot roast , meat only
  • 2 cups spicy tomato juice
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Tbl. Basil, dried
  • 1 Tbl. Oregano, dried
  • ½ tsp. red chili flakes
  • 6 oven ready lasagna noodles
  • 1 ½ cups ricotta, nearly room temperature to spread easily
  • 1 tsp. coarse ground pepper
  • 2 burrata mozzarella balls, cut in 3-4 slices each (can substitute regular mozzarella)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped & firmly packed
  • 2/3 cup parmesan, freshly grated preferred
  • Cooking spray


  1. In a large heavy pot over medium high put the meat, tomato juice, tomatoes, basil, oregano and chili flakes. Bring to a boil (uncovered) and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low, cover with a lid and simmer another 20 minutes.
  2. In an 8x8 deep casserole (about 3+” deep) put 1 ½ cups of the pot roast mixture. Start your layering. Two lasagna pieces. Spread ricotta on top. Sprinkle with pepper. Two lasagna pieces. Place mozzarella, fresh basil then add about 2 to 2 ½ cups of meat mixture. Add final two lasagna pieces and top with more meat sauce, spinach and parmesan.
  3. Coat the top with cooking spray. Use double foil and cover casserole dish tightly. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 50 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and let it sit about 20-30 minutes before serving.


This pot roast lasagna can be assembled the night before, refrigerated (uncooked), then cooked.

You can also make completely the day before, refrigerate then reheat (low temperature, 250, about an hour in the oven.

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  1. I had a pot roast lasagna at the Freight House in Paducah, Kentucky last night that was to die for! I can’t wait to try this at home. Thank you for the recipe! Merry Christmas to you and yours 🎄♥️

    1. Lisa!! I can’t wait for you to try, too! I mean pot roast and lasagna. A match made in heaven. Now you must share w/me your culinary analysis of the Freight House (love that name) version and what you’ve made using my recipe! Merry Christmas sweet one! xoxx ally

  2. Evone Kent says:

    I used to make my lasagna , with ground beef like everyone else, but I had made spaghetti and had a huge amount left over on counta I always make food enough for an army lol. I will never go back to plain boring ground beef again! The richness the roast gives the dish is utterly amazing! I always simmer my spaghetti sauce for at least two days. So the flavors are melded and very rich when done. This makes your lasagna magnificent! Thank you for putting this recipe out there for everyone and Merry Christmas:) P.S. You can add some pork roast along with the beef roast and it makes the dish even more complex in flavor:)

    1. Oh, Evans! I totally agree with all you’re saying! And, those are fabulous ideas. Yes, we can make it super flavourful with pot roast. Pork and more! Now come back soon luv! Love having you in my kitchen! Merry Christmas 🎅🎄❤

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