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Garden-Style Beef Lasagna

Everyone who has tried this fabulous lasagna dish absolutely loves it; rants and raves over it; and asks me for the recipe. People are always surprised that it can be prepared entirely in the microwave. For a change of pace, I like to add a layer of sliced zucchinis. –Micaela Miller, Corinth, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min. + standing
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 cups garden-style pasta sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups 4% cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 6 no-cook lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided


  • Crumble beef into a microwave-safe dish. Add onion and garlic; mix well. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes; stir. Cook 2-3 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink. Stir in the pasta sauce, tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon parsley and oregano; cover and microwave for 2 minutes or until heated through. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, egg, basil and remaining parsley. Spread 1-1/3 cups meat sauce in a greased microwave-safe 11x7-in. baking dish.
  • Layer with 3 noodles, 1 cup cheese mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining meat sauce.
  • Cover loosely and microwave at 50% power for 15-18 minutes or until noodles are tender. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses.
  • Microwave, uncovered, 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 408 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 873mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • katlaydee3
    Sep 24, 2017

    This recipe was really good and turned out well cooked entirely in the microwave. I made it exactly as written except for swapping out ricotta for the cottage cheese. I also found that I needed to cook the ground beef for about twice as long.

  • bianchidiva
    Jul 26, 2015

    Our family favorite for about 30 years!

  • Anonymous
    May 10, 2007

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  • Lori
    Jun 27, 2006

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