Italian Beef & Cheese Buns

My momma used to make these for us when we lived in Phoenix. I LOVED it when I saw her hollowing out rolls, because I knew what we were having for supper. In fact, I SPECIFICALLY recall that for my kindergarten birthday, this is what I chose for family supper that night. (I also remember that I got 2 SUPER cool pair of leather high tops that night, in both black AND pink! Oh, I was in 1980’s heaven!)
These Beef & Cheese Buns were as good as I remembered; think lasagna filling inside a French bread roll!

Beef & Cheese Buns

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  • 1 pound Ground Beef, With Salt And Pepper
  • 15 ounces, fluid Tomato Sauce
  • ½ packages Dry French Onion Soup
  • ½ teaspoons Basil
  • ½ teaspoons Oregano
  • 1 cup Cottage Cheese
  • ¼ cups Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 8 whole French Bread Rolls, Hollowed Out

Cook and season meat. Drain Add sauce, dry soup packet, basil and oregano. Simmer for 5 minutes, uncovered. In a separate bowl, mix Parmesan cheese, cottage cheese and Italian seasoning. Cut a thick slice off the top of each French Bread Roll, saving “lid”. Carefully pull out extra bread, leaving 1/4 inch walls.004
Divide half the meat between rolls, divide cheese mix and top with remaining half of the meat mixture. Top with roll “lids” and wrap individual buns in foil. Bake at 400* for 20-25 minutes. Dig in!003
I’ve never tried it, but my recipe says it can be frozen. Just heat for 60 minutes to thaw and cook. You may need to remove the foil for the last few minutes of bake time to pull moisture from the bread though.
Enjoy this unique and savory supper with a side salad.

Update 2021: We have teenagers now and are making this recipe with 1 pound hamburger & 1 pound sausage and doubling all ingredients. I am buying 18 pack of mini hoagie buns from the Sam’s club bakery section and it works out just right. I’ve also added a sprinkling of shredded mozzarella before closing each bun “lid”. YUM!

We baked at 350* for 20 minutes or until center is warm, without foiling individual buns. Worked out great! I highly suggest these changes!

4 Cheese Lasagna Rolls

   This is so yummy and comes together really easily! 

4 Cheese Lasagna Rolls

  • 10 whole Lasagna Noodles (I Did 5 Wheat & 5 Spinach)
  • 16 ounces, fluid Jar Alfredo Sauce
  • 24 ounces, fluid Meatless Spaghetti Sauce
  • 4 ounces, weight Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
  • 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1-½ cup Shredded Swiss
  • 2 cups Freshly Shredded Mozzarella
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil, Divided
  • 8-12 whole Chicken Breasts, Marinated In Italian Dressing & grilled (depends on your crowd size: figure 1 breast per person, plus 2 for inside the lasagna rolls)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Send hubby out to the BBQ to grill the Italian dressing marinated chicken, seasoning to taste, and discarding marinade.

Boil your lasagna noodles in a large pot. Cook according to package directions. Drain and then place lasagna noodles on a clean cutting board.

  In a large bowl mix garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. basil, parmesan cheese, swiss shreds, and cream cheese spread. Mix. Pour in alfredo sauce and mix all together well. By this time, hubs should be in with your beautifully grilled chicken breasts, pull 2 of them, cube them & add to alfredo mixture.
Keep remaining breasts warm until dinner.

  Pour one cup of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 2 quart rectangle baking dish. Spread chicken alfredo mixture onto one lasagna noodle about 2/3 of the way up. Roll noodle up and place in dish. Repeat with all remaining noodles. Cover with remaining spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with freshly shredded mozzarella cheese and remaining 1/2 tsp. basil.
Bake, uncovered for 25-30, or until hot & bubbly.

Serve with remaining chicken breasts and sautéed veggies.

 So, I had NOTHING on hand to make a salad, like I typically choose to make with an Italian-type meal, so we did sautéed veggies instead.  I had mushrooms, and peppers and onions, so I sautéed them in butter and seasoned them with Italian seasonings.

  I have to tell you, it was the PERFECT flavor to compliment this dinner, and forget the salad, this meal will be served with those veggies from now on!

    Look at all this cheesy gooey goodness!  What a great side dish……

Happy Cooking!