Easy Lasagna

Easy Lasagna

A simple, delicious homemade lasagna recipe

Yield: 

12 servings

Ingredients: 

1 egg, beaten
12 ounces (3 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 cups (16 ounces) cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
1 tablespoon dried parsley (or 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley)
1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups spaghetti sauce*
3 tablespoons water*
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked

Instructions: 

1. In a mixing bowl, combine egg, 1 1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, the cottage cheese, 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese, and the parsley. Stir until well-blended.

2. Brown meat with garlic and onion. Drain grease and return to skillet. Stir in the spaghetti sauce and water, mixing thoroughly.

3. Spread 1 cup of the sauce mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Top with a layer of three lasagna noodles, one-third of the cheese mixture, and 1 cup of the sauce. Repeat layers twice.

4. Top with remaining three lasagna noodles (if lasagna is getting too "tall" for your dish, press the lasagna noodles down to flatten it a little) and the rest of the sauce. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese and the remaining 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese on top. Cover with greased foil.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover dish and bake an additional 25 minutes, until top is browned and noodles are tender. Remove from oven and let stand for 10-15 minutes before serving.

 

Easy lasagna

The unbaked lasagna

Easy lasagna
Easy Lasagna, served with Italian Cheese Bread

Easy lasagna

 

Additional Notes: 

*If using a 26-ounce jar of sauce from the store, you can use 26 ounces of sauce + 9 tablespoons of water in place of the 4 cups of sauce and 3 tablespoons of water.

Original recipe from Kraftfoods.com. I changed the recipe slightly, and the instructions and photos are mine. :)

Preparation Time: 

30 minutes

Cooking Time: 

70 minutes + 15 minutes cooling time

Tammy's Review: 

This lasagna is quick to put together, and tastes great! My rating: 10/10

This recipe was included in my freezer meal plan of main dishes when preparing for the birth of my fourth child. Read my update on how this recipe and the others turned out after freezing!

Comments

I've used the recipe from Kraft for this easy to make lasagna for a few years and your recipe looks pretty much exact so even though I haven't made it exactly to your recipe, I think I can safely rate it correctly.
The part I love the best is you don't have to take the time and fuss to boil the noodles - love that!
Lasagna is my favorite meal so it's going to get a 10 from me... for taste and ease!

Rating: 
5

Made this tonight for our Valentine meal. Needed to be something red of course and I rarely make lasagna because it costs quite a bit more then I usually spend on my meals. It worked perfectly for a treat though and my kids were thrilled beyond words with it and my homemade garlic bread. We then had Pink Fu-Fu on brownies and my family was complete. :) Very good lasagna, will use this recipe again. Oh, I did leave out the onions. My husband is not a fan of onions but you just can't leave them out of everything. Luckily lasagna is one that I can.

Rating: 
5

I finally gave up on another recipe for lasagna I had been using. I just was never happy with the taste and neither was my family. My husband decided that he did not like lasagna anymore so I was afraid to try this recipe but decided to give it a try. Not only is it affordable, it is very easy to make. This recipe is a keeper! My family loved it. Thanks for sharing.

Rating: 
5

I've made lasagne 3 times in the last 6 years. Once was 6 years ago and the last 2 times were within the last 3 weeks. Thats because I found this recipe!

I made it for guests and the wife kept saying how her lasagne recipe was an old fashioned one and took forever. SO I was nervous to feed this to her. But she & her family loved it! They couldn't believe it was so easy (nor could I).

I love the cottage cheese in place of ricotta. It's less expensive and something I normally have on hand.

Yum! Thanks for getting us hooked on lasagne :)

Rating: 
5

I, like some of the other commenters, have been intimidated and frustrated with homemade lasagna many times before. I looked on your site today to see if you had a lasagna recipe and sure enough you did! And an "easy" one to boot! :) It certainly was easy too - and very delicious. My entire family cleaned their plates and my husband had seconds. I substituted thick homemade plain yogurt for the cottage cheese and I also used half ground beef & half italian sausage to kick things up a bit. This will be our new standard lasagna. No reason to keep searching, I've found the winner for us. Have a great weekend!

Rating: 
5

I made this recipe exactly as posted, but for some reason all of the sauces had soaked up into the noodles leaving barely any left to make it a perfect lasagna! It was delicious and really easy besides that problem though, so I give it a 9! =)

Rating: 
5

I love this recipe, my wife came home from work yesterday and saw that I was working in the kitchen. She was very skeptical to say the least, but your Lasagna made us true believers. Thanks for making me a hero.

Garth Carrick

Rating: 
5

I think this is the best lasagna I've ever had! I did add sugar to the meat mixture...but still it's a really good recipe! I used mushroom spaghetti sauce from Aldi's and cottage cheese. So good! I loved the fact I didn't even have to boil the noodles first!

Rating: 
5

I made this yesterday for my in-laws and got such great compliments! It was so easy too, since I didn't need to boil the noodles first. I added a little sugar to the sauce as well (not quite a T) and I used 4 cups of cheese instead of 3 (just for the ease of being able to use 2 - 2 cup bags and not have to measure). This is definitely my "go-to" lasagna recipe and I plan to make it for a few of my friends who are "expecting," after they have their babies!

Rating: 
5

Tammy I made this recipe last night with your bread sticks and it was so gooooood!! My whole family loved it and I even made an extra pan of lasagna for a friend that need some help. It was soo easy I will definitely make it again. I had not made lasagna for over three years and my family loves it. But, it just always seemed so hard to make. With your recipe it was so good and easy I will definitely make it plus I think I will make some to freeze next time. The topping on the cake was the garlic bread sticks. They were so easy and sooo good too. I usually buy the garlic bread but this recipe was better and fresher and was perfect. Thank you for sharing your recipes!! This recipe definitely gets a #10 wish I could rate it higher!

Rating: 
5

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