Impossible Lasagna Pie

by Dorothy Reinhold on March 28, 2020

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The only impossible thing about Impossible Lasagna Pie is it is impossible to stop eating it! The classic flavor of lasagna in a savory pie makes a satisfying supper. Instead of lasagna noodles, you make an egg-Bisquick mixture that sort of forms a crust. We’re back to the ’60s! Serve with a fresh green salad, some crusty bread and fruit. Mangia!

Decades after I first learned to make them, Impossible Pies still intrigue me.

You know what they are, right? A kind of crustless quiche in which flavorful filling ingredients are piled into a deep pie dish and a milky-eggy batter is poured over. What emerges from the oven is definitely ready for prime time — kid-friendly, but interesting enough for adults, too.

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Over the years, we’ve noshed on…

Today we’re submitting to our craving for comforting, meaty lasagna, using easy, versatile ground beef. For this dish, I prefer a leaner mix – 93% lean, 7% fat, since we won’t be draining it (but use what you have or can get). It browns quickly in a skillet, allowing us to get on with the recipe efficiently.

Impossible Lasagna Pie | ShockinglyDelicious.comHow to make Impossible Lasagna Pie

It’s easy, as you can see by these quick photos I took during the assembly process.

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1. Cook beef in a large nonstick skillet. 

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2. While meat is cooking, add oregano, basil, marjoram, onion powder and garlic powder. Cook until beef is no longer pink. 

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3. Turn heat off and mix tomato paste into beef. 

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4. Spread beef mixture into pie dish. Top with some of the shredded cheese. 

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5. Dollop cottage cheese on top. 

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6. Pour egg mixture evenly over everything.

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7. Ready for the oven.

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8. Add another little bit of shredded mozzarella to the top during the last few minutes of baking.

Impossible Lasagna Pie | ShockinglyDelicious.com9. Serve with a fresh green salad, some crusty bread and fruit, and call me for dinner!

Impossible Lasagna Pie

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: Serves 6.

Impossible Lasagna Pie

The classic flavor of lasagna in a savory pie makes a satisfying supper. Serve with a fresh green salad, some crusty bread and fruit. Mangia!


  • 1 pound leanest ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste (Italian flavored if available)
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Italian blend cheese (or use shredded mozzarella), divided use
  • 1/2 cup small curd cottage cheese (non-fat is fine)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup Bisquick (I prefer Bisquick Heart Smart variety)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 10-inch deep dish pie dish with nonstick spray and set aside. (If you are serving at the table out of this dish, choose your fancy pie dish!)
  2. Cook beef in a large nonstick skillet. While meat is cooking, add oregano, basil, marjoram, onion powder and garlic powder. Cook until beef is no longer pink. Turn heat off and mix tomato paste into beef.
  3. Spread beef mixture into prepared pie dish. Top with 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Dollop cottage cheese on top.
  4. Whirl milk, eggs, baking mix, Parmesan and a few grindings of black pepper in blender for 15-30 seconds. Pour egg mixture evenly over layers in pie dish and sprinkle with a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes if your family likes a bit of spice. If not, don’t.
  5. Bake 35 minutes, then sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella and bake another 5-7 minutes to melt cheese.
  6. Serves 6.


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

Note: Substitute 2-3 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend for the oregano, basil, marjoram, onion powder and garlic powder if you like.

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This recipe was originally published Sept. 10, 2014 and has been refreshed and republished today.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen March 28, 2020 at 6:23 pm

Where has this been all of my life? Impossible pies? It’s time to try this!!


Lisa Kerhin March 28, 2020 at 10:53 am

I just found Bisquick (reg. kind, I like the Heart Smart too, but ya gotta use what ya find now) and I can’t wait to make this


Dorothy Reinhold March 28, 2020 at 11:06 am

Absolutely…use what you have and what you can find. We cannot be too precious about calling for specific things, can we?


Sara Welch March 27, 2020 at 7:43 pm

Served this for dinner last night and it has easily become a new family favorite! Looking forward to leftovers again, tonight!


Dorothy Reinhold March 27, 2020 at 9:06 pm

So delighted you made it and loved it! YAY! Thanks for coming back to let me know!


Carrie Robinson March 27, 2020 at 12:19 pm

I am loving this! Such a clever idea for dinner. 🙂


Toni March 27, 2020 at 11:17 am

This was really amazing and so easy to make! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


katerina @ March 27, 2020 at 9:55 am

I am loving this! It looks incredibly delicious!!


Cathy March 26, 2020 at 9:03 pm

Seriously love how easy this is!


Dorothy Reinhold March 27, 2020 at 1:05 am

None of that noodle stuff where you have to cook them, drain them and then layer them without tearing!


Marci Crestani September 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

Dorothy, I made this on Friday night and my sons’ two friends (in their 20’s) were here for dinner. They scarfed it down! It was soooo easy to make, and by Friday, I usually just want to make something that’s not too labor-intensive. But it tasted like I’d spent a lot of time and effort on it… thanks!


Dorothy Reinhold September 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Oh I am so happy to hear that! Scarfing…always welcome at my house with the teens.


Cynthia September 17, 2014 at 5:47 pm

This was really good. Super easy to put together. I made it with homemade gluten-free bisquick. The family enjoyed it. Thanks!


Dorothy Reinhold September 18, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Thanks for trying it and letting me know! So glad it was all the things it was supposed to be — easy, good, family-friendly dinner! Yahoo!


Geez Louise! September 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Impossible pie? I’ve never heard that before… lol What a perfect dish for breakfast, brunch, or dinner! Eggs are always here for dinner at my house.


Dorothy Reinhold September 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

It was a ’70s fad, I think.


Lisa (Panning The Globe) September 14, 2014 at 4:57 am

Hi Dorothy, this looks amazingly delicious! I’ve never heard of “impossible pie” but I can guess why it’s called that – it looks like it’s impossible to resist eating the entire thing! I adore lasagne but never thought to make it without the noodles. I definitely want to try this recipe!!


Dorothy Reinhold September 15, 2014 at 7:42 am

It’s so cool, you must try it! It’s called Impossible Pie because it sort of, kind of, makes it own crust with the Bisquick. I wouldn’t actually call it a crust, but the Bisquick gives it some body. Go for it!


Todd Trumbull September 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Dorothy, I love lasagna but never make it myself since it seems like too much trouble, which I’m sure it’s not, but nevertheless I usually settle for the pre-made frozen kind (and I bet I can guess what your response is to that, and it’s not positive). So I’m loving that you give us this easy version. This looks totally doable even for me. There might be a from-scratch lasagna coming out of the Todd kitchen yet.


Dorothy Reinhold September 15, 2014 at 7:50 am

I do on occasion buy a frozen lasagna, and I am pretty much always sorry when I do. It’s over salted and the noods are mushy. Try this sort of cheater version, and I should probably post my version with no-boil noodles. You know about no-boil noodles, right? But make this one first and then report back here for duty and I’ll give you your next marching orders!


Susan September 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm

I have never heard the term impossible pie before! You have piqued my interest! This looks delicious and I’m all for an easy meal!


Dorothy Reinhold September 11, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Get on it, girl!


Donna Currie September 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Oooo …. I remember a taco version that I used to love. Ah, nostalgia…


Dorothy Reinhold September 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Yep, this is a sort of ’70s thing, if I remember my decades properly.


Courtney @ Neighborfood September 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm

It’s entirely possible this will be making it onto my menu plan soon!


Dorothy Reinhold September 10, 2014 at 3:26 pm

I hope it DOES!


The Wimpy Vegetarian September 10, 2014 at 9:29 am

Another fabulous recipe, Dorothy. I’m actually not familiar with the “Impossible” dishes, other than the ones I just generally fail with in the kitchen :-). But I love this idea!


Dorothy Reinhold September 10, 2014 at 10:37 am

Impossible Pies are made with Bisquick and eggs/milk, and you can do almost anything with them! An idea from the ’60s-’70s I believe.


Sally Newton September 10, 2014 at 7:43 am

I have just one word – WOW!!!!!

never heard of those pies, have I been hiding in a cave????

very interesting…. I am salivating here….


Dorothy Reinhold September 10, 2014 at 10:38 am

You were probably hiding in Brazil. 🙂


Renee September 10, 2014 at 4:27 am

I crown you the queen of impossible pie and I can’t wait to make this lasagna one. Mangia! for sure.


Dorothy Reinhold September 10, 2014 at 10:38 am

I shall wear that crown! Thank you.


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