Have you noticed a theme in the past two post? They both have easy in the recipe title. It wasn't intentional but I do like the easy button in the kitchen. : ) This is a recipe I've used for years and my family likes it!
I did change the recipe a bit. It calls for 1 pound lean ground beef, I used Italian Mild Sausage from HHM. Also, it calls for Cottage Cheese but I prefer Ricotta Cheese. It says to use a 9x13 baking dish. I use a 9x9 baking dish. It seems like I don't have enough of the sauce when I use a 9x13 and we are just a family of 4 and a 9x13 would take a while to eat.
Easy Lasagna II
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
1 pound Italian Sausage
1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce (I use Prego)
32 ounces Ricotta cheese
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons dried parsley
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
9 lasagna noodles
1/2 cup water
1. In a large skillet over medium heat brown the ground beef. Drain the grease. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, eggs, half of the grated Parmesan cheese, dried parsley, salt and ground black pepper.
3. To assemble, in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish evenly spread 3/4 cup of the sauce mixture. Cover with 3 uncooked lasagna noodles, 1 3/4 cup of the cheese mixture, and 1/4 cup sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with 3 noodles, remaining sauce, remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Add 1/2 cup water to the edges of the pan. Cover with aluminum foil.
4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F(175 degrees C) oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe by Joanie Heger from All Recipes
Notes: Since I made the lasagna into a 9x9 instead of a 9x13, I had leftover cheese mixture. What I did was boil some lasagna noodles. Once they were soft, I pulled them off the burner and out of the water. I added some cheddar cheese to the ricotta cheese mixture and then spread the ricotta mixture on to the lasagna noodles. After I spread the mixture on the noodles, I rolled them, put them into a round baking dish and put in the freezer for another meal someday. Hopefully this will turn out to be something delicious!