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Classic No Boil Lasagna with Cottage Cheese Recipe

This easy lasagna recipe with cottage cheese recipe is quick, simple, and you can make it without cooking the noodles first to save even more time. My family loves this classic Italian meal.

Growing up, my mom used to let us choose our birthday dinner and my favorite recipe was almost always her delicious lasagna.

To me, it was a really special meal. I had no idea how simple it is to make!

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lasagna plated

You could say that traditional lasagna recipes call for ricotta cheese as the main filling, but my mom often used cottage cheese instead when she needed a substitute for ricotta.

I like it both ways, but typically reach for the cottage cheese myself so I thought I would share! This is the best lasagna and reminds me of home every time I make it.

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Homemade Lasagna is Easy to Make

After I had kids, I found myself reaching for frozen lasagna because it seemed so much easier to make.

But the truth is, it takes so little time to make it from scratch and there is no comparison when it comes to taste!

I remember when my mom would boil lasagna noodles and hang them all around the pot to cool.

Now that there are so many options for noodles, I found the easiest way is to use uncooked noodles that specifically don’t need to be boiled.

The only prep is browning the meat and it literally takes 10 minutes!

Lasagna ingredients

Lasagna Ingredients List

Throw this together in a 9×13 pan about an hour before dinner, or make it ahead to cook later on a busy weeknight! This is a great recipe to bring to a new mom or double up so you can reheat it later.

With just a few basic ingredients, you are on your way to a truly comforting and delicious meal.

You will need:

  • No-Boil lasagna noodles
  • Ground beef
  • Jar pasta sauce
  • Cottage cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Garlic Powder (optional)
  • Italian spices (optional)

Optional toppings:

  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Basil

Easy Lasagna with Uncooked Noodles and Cottage Cheese

While you heat the oven, brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder or Italian seasoning if you like.

Be sure to drain off the excess fat , then mix in the sauce right in the pan.

Lasagna sauce

For the cottage cheese mixture, either combine the cottage cheese with the egg in a medium bowl or simply add the egg to the container to save on cleanup.

Cottage cheese with egg

I pushed back on no-boil noodles for so long because I didn’t think they could really work, but I finally gave it a go a few years ago and it saves so much time!

I also find they are a little easier to work with during the layering process.

Start by coating the bottom of a 9×13 pan with a layer of sauce.

Then add a layer of pasta and cover with about one third of the cottage cheese (or ricotta cheese mixture).

Sprinkle on a little less than a cup of the mozzarella cheese and more meat sauce .

Lasagna layers

Once everything is layered up, top it with the remaining sauce making sure the no-boil noodles are covered and a final layer of cheese before baking.

Bake to desired consistency and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. I personally love that golden brown crispy cheese layer so I leave mine in a few extra minutes!

This is such an easy recipe the whole family will love again and again. Easy win!

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Print the Recipe: How to Make Lasagna with Cottage Cheese

Now that I am back in the habit of making my own lasagna, I can’t imagine eating frozen again. It’s just too good! Top it off with a delicious slice of tiramisu and you’ll be in heaven.

And for a trendy twist on classic pasta, check out our TikTok Baked Feta Pasta!

lasagna recipe with cottage cheese

Lasagna with Cottage Cheese

Andrea Updyke
Quick and easy lasagna with cottage cheese recipe. Make it using no-boil noodles and jar sauce to save even more time. My family loves this classic Italian meal.
4.45 from 144 votes

Be sure to check out my tips and tricks in the post. Scroll up to read!

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 9
Calories 321 kcal


  • 1 pkg lasagna noodles
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 32 oz jar pasta sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 16 oz tub cottage cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Brown ground beef and drain
  • Stir beef and pasta sauce together
  • Mix one egg into cottage cheese
  • in 9×13 pan, layer ingredients starting with sauce, then cottage cheese, mozzarella and noodles.
  • Repeat layers topping with sauce and cheese
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes until desired doneness.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


A note on pans: If using a glass pan, reduce heat slightly or shorten the cook time. Check in the last 10 minutes or so to prevent overcooking.


Serving: 1gCalories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 26gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 880mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8g

Nutrition information is estimated. For the most accurate info, always doublecheck with your ingredients.

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Friday 3rd of February 2023

Sauce on the bottom first then the noodles and then the rest and keep layering like that. My family was from Italy, they never put the sauce and cheese on the bottom of the pan first and then the noodles.

Andrea Updyke

Friday 3rd of February 2023

Sometimes I do just sauce then noodles. I find it doesn't make a big difference when all is said and done.


Sunday 25th of December 2022

Just simply good and easy in my opinion!!!!


Sunday 25th of December 2022

I’ve been making this recipe for a long time. I got it from my mom and she always made it when we were kids. Hers was perfect. I always have inconsistent results but it always tastes amazing. The tip about the glass pan is very helpful!


Sunday 16th of October 2022

I used this with oven ready gluten free noodles plus added spinach to cottage cheese and blended. I also added an extra jar of crushed tomatoes and let simmer. I cooked it for probably 2 hours total but it came out delicious- also I measure cheese with my heart so I used way more than 2 cups mozz. It worked out perfect- I did pull out about halfway and noodles were buckling so I smooshed them down into sauce a little and then cooked for longer - my boys demolished it!


Wednesday 6th of January 2021

This has been in the oven for an hour and noodles are still hard. So much sauce it’s like soup. DO NOT RECOMMEND.


Friday 3rd of February 2023

@Carissa, You are suppose to use a NO Boil Lasagna noodle, not the regular lasagna noodles.

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