Thursday, September 22, 2011

Easy Lasagna

We are lasagna lovers at our house.  However, I have little time for long complicated recipes.  Here is my standard Easy Lasagna recipe.

1 lb. ground beef
1 large carton cottage cheese
1 lb. shredded mozzarella
1 jar spaghetti sauce (Try different sauces for different flavors.)
1 box lasagna noodles (whole wheat work well)

Brown ground beef.  Drain fat.  Mix together spaghetti sauce, cottage cheese, mozzarella, and browned hamburger.  Spread thin layer of meat/cheese/sauce in bottom of greased 9x13.  Place a layer of noodles over sauce.  Add sauce on top of noodles.  Repeat this process until you have 4 layers of noodles topped with a generous amount of sauce.  Cover with aluminum foil that has been sprayed with no-stick spray.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until noodles are tender.  Serves 6-8.  (Note:  Do not pre-cook noodles.  They will cook in the sauce.  You can use regular noodles to do this.  No need to buy the special ones.)

This recipe came from my mother-in-law.  She does not mix together the spaghetti sauce, cottage cheese, mozzarella, and browned hamburger.  She just layers all the items in the pan.  It actually tastes a little different this way.  I just mix them to save time.  It's great and easy either way you make it.

A recipe I tried tonight was for Skillet Lasagna.  It was yummy and easy.  I think the advantage of this recipe is that in the summer it would save on heating up the house with the oven.  This recipe is also lower in fat.

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