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!
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 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
- salt and pepper to taste
- Garlic Powder (optional)
- Italian spices (optional)
- Grated parmesan cheese
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.
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.
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 .
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!
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.
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- 1 pkg lasagna noodles
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 32oz jar pasta sauce
- 1 egg
- 1 16oz 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 9x13 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 880mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 26g
Nutrition information is estimated and may vary based on products used. Please verify with your ingredients.
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