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Lasagna Dip and Tuttorosso Tomatoes

Lasagna Dip with Sausage and lots of cheese.


Lasagna Dip with a creamy layer of cheese on the bottom, a thick tomato-Italian sausage sauce, and lots of melted mozzarella cheese on top is one of the most delicious game day foods ever. Just look at that cheesiness! Pile it high on some garlic toast and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

Lasagna Dip with Italian sausage

To make the sauce for Lasagna Dip, I used Tuttorosso Tomatoes which has become my go to brand of tomatoes since they recently expanded to my market. They are pretty much available all up and down the east coast now. Tuttorosso Tomatoes are made by Red Gold Tomatoes, an Indiana company, and they are grown and packed in the US.

Have you ever compared the taste of canned tomatoes before? Until recently I had never even thought to taste canned tomatoes straight out of the can.

Tuttorosso Tomato Taste Test


I discovered there’s a big difference in taste and quality between different brands of canned tomatoes that is really evident when you do a side by side comparison.

Just look at the difference between these whole peeled tomatoes from Tutterosso and Hunt’s.

Tuttorosso Tomato Taste Test


When comparing the appearance, you should observe the red color of the tomatoes, the uniformity in size, the integrity (how firm they are), the amount of peel and seeds present, and the media (the sauce- it should be thick and have a vibrant color.)

Tuttorosso Tomato Taste Test


As you can see, both brands of tomatoes have a nice red color, but the difference in uniformity and integrity is huge. The Tuttorosso tomatoes look picture perfect while the Hunt’s tomatoes are a little mangled. In fact, a few of the Hunt’s tomatoes were barely recognizable as whole tomatoes. The Hunts tomatoes were smaller on average and had a great deal of variation in size.

Tuttorosso Tomato Taste Test


I couldn’t find any pieces of peel on the Tuttorosso tomatoes, but there were a few on the Hunt’s tomatoes.

The Tuttorosso Tomatoes had good structural integrity and even held their form when cut in half, whereas the Hunt’s Tomatoes were very flimsy and not at all firm and plump.

After comparing the appearance, judge the flavor- both the intensity of the tomato flavor and the Attribute (are there any Metallic tastes of non-tomato flavors?).

Tuttorosso Tomato Taste Test


I found the Tuttorosso tomatoes to have a fresher taste with no off flavors at all.

Tuttorosso Tomatoes


Overall, Tuttorosso was the clear winner of this match up.


Tuttorosso products were recently certified Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project so you can feel good about serving them to your family.

Why not have a little taste test of your own? Get a bunch of different brands and do a taste comparison. You will find there is a huge variation in taste and quality. You want to be sure you are adding the best tomato flavor possible to your recipes.



Lasagna Dip with Italian Sausage


Find more recipes using canned tomatoes on Tutorosso’s website.

Lasagna Dip with Sausage and lots of cheese.

Lasagna Dip and Tuttorosso Tomatoes

Lasagna Dip has a creamy layer of cheese on the bottom, a thick tomato-Italian sausage sauce, and lots of melted mozzarella cheese on top.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes


  • 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1/2 a medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can Tuttorosso plum tomatoes, drained
  • 3 tablespoons Tuttorosso tomato paste
  • 1 cup cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • chopped parsley


  • Cook ground Italian sausage and onion in a medium nonstick pan until pork is no longer pink, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
  • Add garlic, salt and pepper and cook 1 minute.
  • Roughly chop the tomatoes and add them and any juices to the pan along with the tomato paste. Stir to combine.
  • Simmer until thickened.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together cottage cheese, egg, and Parmesan cheese.
  • Spread cottage cheese mixture along bottom of a 9-inch cast iron skillet or a greased baking dish.
  • Top with 1 cup of shredded Mozzarella cheese.
  • Pour tomato mixture evenly on top of cheese.
  • Sprinkle remaining Mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Place in 375 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  • Optional- Broil for 2 to 3 minutes to brown cheese.
  • Sprinkle with parsley.


Calories: 300kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer

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18 thoughts on “Lasagna Dip and Tuttorosso Tomatoes”

  1. Did you know that the lye that is used is the same food grade lye you eat on pretzels, hominy, black olives and canned mandarin oranges to name a few? Even Hunts says on their commercials that the use of lye to peel tomatoes is perfectly safe. And do your realize that the tomatoes are washed several times through the canning process so there isn’t any detectable “chemicals” on them by the time they are put in the can? Do you realize that all of the tomatoes are physically inspected several times throughout the canning process to look for imperfections to make sure that you get those pretty tomatoes you see here in the can? Maybe it is the fact that they make quality a priority and take pride in what they do that makes the difference between Tuttorosso and Hunts?

  2. Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving

    Dear sweet heaven this looks amazing! I love how the dip is gluten-free!

  3. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure

    This must be really delicious.. looks totally awesome, I am really hungry now:)

  4. You do realize the difference is because Tuttorosso is peeled with the lye chemical (hence the maintained structure) and Hunt’s is peeled with flashsteam, aka just water. It says so right on the label. I realize this is a sponsored post and you were paid by Tuttorosso, but maybe the difference wouldn’t be so apparent if you weren’t and maybe not being peeled by chemicals would matter more if not.

  5. Mike | Chili Pepper Madness

    Hey, Christin, looks great. Very creative, and I’m sure it’s darned tasty. Something to try soon!

  6. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

    Okay, I seriously cannot even stop drooling. That dip looks SO amazing, Christin! All that cheese is calling my name!

  7. Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop

    What a great idea! I love all the flavors of lasagna and love dipping my bread into it anyway!

  8. Wow! Such a huge difference in the tomatoes, I’m going to have to keep a lookout for the Tuttorosso brand. I love lasagna, but have never though to make it into a dip! This looks so perfect!

  9. Meghan | Fox and Briar

    Oh my, this lasagna dip looks so good! I need to make this asap. Pinning! I have been hearing about tuttorosso for awhile and I want to try them but I have not seen them in my area yet. Hope to soon!

  10. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    What a difference in appearance between the two brands of tomatoes! The Tuttorosso looks beautiful. I’m definitely looking for it on my store shelf. This lasagna dip looks amazing! It would be a huge hit at my house!

  11. WOW — what a difference in those tomatoes! I’ve never seen Tutteroso before — I will have to look around for them. This dip looks so delicious, too, Christin — what a great idea!

  12. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    This dip looks amazing!! And I love the side by side comparison you did. I hate the metallic taste that often accompanies canned tomatoes so I’m glad to hear the Tuttorroso doesn’t have it!!

  13. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Mmm I can almost taste this deliciousness! Love that you made this in a skillet, too! SO pretty!

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