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Lasagna

The BEST easy, classic lasagna recipe made with a ground beef meat sauce, no- cook noodles, and cottage cheese for extra protein!

Lasagna Recipe

If you’re Italian and you’re thinking, cottage cheese in lasagna? I totally get you! I always turned my nose up to that idea. But with great cottage cheese brands available these days, I recently made these Lasagna Roll Ups with Cottage Cheese and my family went nuts over it! So, I set out to create a cottage-cheese version of my go-to Italian lasagna with meat sauce, and I’ll never make it any other way. It doesn’t change the flavor or texture of the final dish, it just adds more protein – my family devoured it! So if you’re reading this and thinking, “Cottage cheese in lasagna?” I swear it works. You can’t tell at all! More lasagna recipes you may love are this Lasagna Soup RecipeSpaghetti Squash Sausage Lasagna Boats, and Chicken Parmesan Lasagna.

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Why You’ll Love This Lasagna Recipe

  • Delicious: Lasagna is a classic for a reason. Layered with meat sauce, noodles, and three kinds of cheese, what’s not to like? It’s so good!
  • Family-Friendly: This cheesy lasagna recipe is sure to be a hit with your whole family.
  • Freezer-Friendly: This pasta dish is perfect for freezing – baked or unbaked.
  • Simple: No-boil noodles mean the noodles cook in the oven, which saves you a step.
  • High Protein: This healthy lasagna with cottage cheese has more protein than you’ll find in most other recipes.

Lasagna Ingredients

  • Ground Beef: I used 93% lean ground beef.
  • Onion: Dice half of a medium onion.
  • Garlic: Mince three cloves.
  • Tomatoes: You’ll need a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes. My favorite brand is Tuttorosso.
  • Salt to season the tomatoes
  • Noodles: Buy oven-ready lasagna noodles, such as Barilla’s, to make this easy lasagna with less steps.
  • Eggs: Eggs help bind the cheese mixture in lasagna so it doesn’t run out when baked.
  • Cottage Cheese: Use a good quality part-skim cottage cheese, like Good Culture, for extra protein.
  • Mozzarella: Mix some part-skim shredded mozzarella in the lasagna filling and sprinkle the remainder on top.
  • Grated Cheese: You’ll need a quarter cup of grated Pecorino Romano cheese or Parmesan cheese.
  • Parsley: Add chopped fresh parsley into the cheese mixture and garnish with more.

How to Make The Best Lasagna Recipe

  1. Make the Tomato Sauce: Add the ground beef, onion, and garlic to a large skillet and cook on medium-high until the meat is no longer pink. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover the pan and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, stir a few times.
  2. Make the Cheese Mixture: Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl and add the cottage cheese, a half cup of mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, and parsley.
  3. How to Layer Lasagna: Spread a cup of meat sauce on the bottom of a 13-x-9- inch casserole dish, followed by four lasagna noodles, a third of the cheese mixture, and a cup of sauce, and repeat. Next, pour the remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with the rest of the mozzarella.
  4. How Long to Bake Lasagna: Cooking time is about 1 hour. Cover the baking dish tight with aluminum foil to create steam to cook the noodles, and bake for 55 to 60 minutes until the pasta is cooked through. Uncover and cook for another five minutes until all the cheese browns slightly.
  5. Serve: Garnish the lasagna with parsley and let sit for five minutes before cutting into eight pieces.
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Variations

  • Is lasagna better with ricotta or cottage cheese? Both are good in lasagna, but cottage cheese gives it a protein boost. You can substitute equal amounts of ricotta cheese if you prefer to make a ricotta cheese mixture.
  • Pecorino: Substitute Pecorino with parmesan.
  • Sausage: Use Italian sausage in place of ground beef.
  • Add Meatballs: Use turkey meatballs or beef.
  • Protein: Sub lean ground turkey for beef.
  • Vegetarian Lasagna: Omit the beef and add thawed frozen spinach or sautéed diced zucchini.
  • Gluten-Free Lasagna: Use gluten-free noodles.
  • Egg Allergy? Skip the egg. The cheese filling may be a little runnier, but it’ll still taste good!
  • Herbs: Swap parsley with fresh basil.

What to Serve with Lasagna

This homemade lasagna recipe pairs well with some French bread, garlic bread or garlic knots and an Italian salad or veggies, like Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower or Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts.

How to Meal Prep Lasagna

  • Meal Prep: Assemble the casserole, cover it with foil, and refrigerate it overnight. When ready to serve, bake the lasagna as instructed.
  • Freeze Unbaked: Tightly cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and foil, and freeze it for up to three months. Thaw the unbaked lasagna in the fridge and bake according to the directions, or bake it from frozen for about 90 minutes until heated through. (Don’t forget to remove the plastic first!)
  • Leftovers: Leftover cooked lasagna will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days, or you can freeze it for up to 3 months. To thaw, refrigerate it overnight and microwave or bake until warm.
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More Ground Beef Recipes You Will Love

Easy Lasagna Recipe

This easy, classic lasagna recipe is made with a ground beef meat sauce, no- cook noodles, and cottage cheese for extra protein!
Lasagna

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 45 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 /8th

Equipment

  • 13 x 9 baking pan

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes, I swear by Tuttorosso Green Label
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 12 no-boil lasagna noodles, such as Barilla or gluten-free
  • 24 ounces part-skim cottage cheese, from 1 1/2 16-ounce containers, Good Culture (or use ricotta cheese)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  • Heat a large skillet, when hot add the ground beef, onion, and garlic and cook over medium-high heat, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon until no pink remains.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, season with salt and black pepper, to taste, cover and let it simmer over low heat 20 minutes, stirring 3 times.
  • In large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and combine with 1 1/2 containers cottage cheese, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, Pecorino Romano and parsley. Set aside.
  • In a 13 x 9 baking pan, spread 1 cup of sauce on bottom of pan. Layer in the order, 4 uncooked lasagna noodles (it’s okay if they overlap), then 1/3 of the cheese mixture, 1 cup of the sauce.
  • Repeat the next layer using 4 uncooked lasagna noodles, 1/3 part of the cheese mixture, and 1 cup sauce. For the top layer add the remaining sauce and finish with 1 cup mozzarella.
  • Cover tight with foil and bake 55 to 60 minutes, until the pasta is cooked through.
  • Uncover and continue cooking until all the cheese browns slightly, about 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley, and let sit 5 minutes before cutting. Slice into 8 pieces.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 /8th, Calories: 372 kcal, Carbohydrates: 36 g, Protein: 33.5 g, Fat: 11 g, Saturated Fat: 5.5 g, Cholesterol: 103.5 mg, Sodium: 648 mg, Fiber: 3.5 g, Sugar: 6.5 g

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