French-Style Lasagna


I learned how to make French-style lasagna when I worked in France. It features bechamel (white sauce) instead of ricotta, and Swiss cheese. Full of great flavor — I always get compliments!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
1 9x13-inch lasagna


  • 9 lasagna noodles

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • ½ onion, diced

  • ¼ cup diced green bell pepper

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup milk

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 ½ (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch herbes de Provence

  • garlic powder

  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Combine ground beef, onion, green bell pepper, and minced garlic in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir until beef is no longer pink, 5 to 8 minutes.

  4. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in flour; cook for 1 minute. Pour in milk and heavy cream. Cook, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.

  5. Spread 1/4 of tomato sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Cover with 3 lasagna noodles. Spoon 1/3 of the beef mixture over noodles. Spread 1/4 of tomato sauce and 1/3 of white sauce over beef mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, herbes de Provence, and garlic powder on top. Cover with 1/3 of the Swiss cheese and mozzarella cheese.

  6. Repeat layers twice, starting with noodles and ending with cheeses.

  7. Bake lasagna in the preheated oven until top is deeply browned, 30 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

490 Calories
29g Fat
29g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 490
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 17g 83%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 539mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 445mg 34%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 427mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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