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Lasagna Casserole

While growing up, this was the meal I always wanted on my birthday. Mother made the sauce from scratch, but I use store-bought spaghetti sauce to save time. Replace the ground beef with Italian sausage if you want more spice. —Deb Morrison, Skiatook, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 pound medium pasta shells, cooked and drained
  • 4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3 cups 4% cottage cheese
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) pasta sauce

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, breaking meat into crumbles; drain. Sprinkle with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pasta, 3 cups mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and remaining pepper. Transfer to a greased shallow 3-qt. or 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with beef mixture and spaghetti sauce (dish will be full).
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, until bubbly and cheese is melted, 15 minutes longer. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
    Freeze option: Sprinkle casserole with remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover and freeze unbaked casserole. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 667 calories, 30g fat (14g saturated fat), 157mg cholesterol, 1209mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 4g fiber), 44g protein.

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  • mrscessna
    Jan 20, 2021

    I took others advice and added some garlic! very quick and easy dish!

  • jstowellsupermom
    Dec 30, 2020

    Nice, hearty casserole that will feed a crowd!

  • iunfold
    Nov 20, 2020

    This recipe was an excellent starting point but with salt, pepper, and parsley being the only seasoning/herbs suggested, I knew it would be bland if I made it as directed. I substituted ricotta for the cottage cheese because I couldn't bring myself to do that to lasagna. I seasoned my beef with adobo as cooked it, added 4 cloves of garlic after the onion was nearly finished, and added more adobo and some Italian seasoning when mixing I got to the mixing stage. I mixed EVERYTHING together, instead of making a layered dish. This came out so well! Extremely simple and a total crowd pleaser.

  • dmkinsey
    Oct 16, 2020

    This is really a version of baked ziti, but whatever you choose to call it, it's awesome. I added hot Italian sausage, as recommended below. I didn't have shells, so I used penne (which made it even more ziti-like). My husband and I both loved it, and I'll absolutely be making this again. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • sandy444
    Oct 10, 2020

    I added hot Italian sausage to this recipe and it takes it to the next level! Really delicious.

  • NancyDoolittle
    Oct 10, 2020

    Where is the spaghetti sauce in the ingredients! Major fail editors!

  • Tammy
    Aug 26, 2020

    I loved this recipe. I did tweak it a little bit. I added lots of garlic (I’m a garlic lover) and I did a lot more cheese!!:) I also added about 2 cups of ricotta and it was very very good! Thank you for this recipe! Very quick and easy to make! Definitely going on the monthly menu in my house!

  • Dinah
    Jul 29, 2020

    Thank you for putting this recipe my fiancé wanted me to prepare this his mom used to make it. And I needed a little clarity on the recipe overview he provided. Anyway some of these comments have to stop! Obviously if you could cook you wouldn’t be on here harassing a recipe.

  • Cindy
    Jul 29, 2020

    If you don't like the recipe with the ingredients used, then move on. I don't care if you're Italian and would never use cottage cheese or you don't like this being referred to as lasagne - since I' Portuguese it really doesn't matter to me or the many that have complimented this recipe. Thank you to the home cook for submitting this recipe!

  • Susie
    May 25, 2020

    I used ricotta and would consider some spinach next time. Like the suggestion below to mix together then add to casserole dish or add in layer by layer. Easy and quick, yummy weeknight meal