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Lasagna Casserole

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


  • 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


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; 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 to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 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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  • 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

  • jagrossie9403
    Oct 16, 2019

    Growing up in an Italian family, it was never heard of to use cottage cheese in lasagna, always ricotta. When using anything besides lasagna noodles, the dish here was called baked ziti.......

  • Jana
    Oct 15, 2019

    No comment left

  • Tete75
    Oct 14, 2019

    I loved it but made a lot of changes. I used 1 pound of ground beef and 1/2 pound of ground Italian sausage, used 2 jars of sauce and cooked it for 4 hours. The instead of cottage cheese I used ricotta plus for my cheeses I used fresh sliced mozzarella and Parmesan. I really tweaked the recipe but it came out perfect.

  • Twirlrmom
    Oct 10, 2019

    Italians never use cottage cheese! They use ricotta!