What's for Dinner: Easy Lasagna

I've been thinking about making some Lasagna for awhile now. There were a couple things stopping me from making it:
1) I've only made it once before... and that was several years ago.
2) It takes FOREVER since you have to cook the noodles AND the meat and then bake it.

So yesterday afternoon I search the net for an easier lasagna recipe that I could try out. The one I found and used came from Tammy's Recipes ... I just changed around some of the ingredients because I like to make my own sauce. I also did my own sauce because I read in one of the comments that the noodles soaked up all the liquid... and I didn't want it to be dry. If you want to see the original recipe click the link above. ;)

A simple, delicious homemade lasagna recipe
12 servings

1 egg, beaten
3-4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 cups (16 ounces) cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
1 tablespoon dried parsley (or 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley)
1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
4-5 cups spaghetti sauce*
1/4 - 1/2 cup water**
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked

*To make my own sauce I used:
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
**I ended up with a really thick sauce so I had to add some water to it for the noodles to soak up. It worked out perfectly. Plenty to sauce was left after the noodles cooked. It's up to you how much water to use.
1. In a mixing bowl, combine egg, 1 1/2-2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, the cottage cheese, 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese, and the parsley. Stir until well-blended.
2. Brown meat with garlic and onion. Drain grease and return to skillet. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste and water, mixing thoroughly.
3. Spread 1 cup of the sauce mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Top with a layer of three lasagna noodles, one-third of the cheese mixture, and 1 cup of the sauce. Repeat layers twice.
4. Top with remaining three lasagna noodles (if lasagna is getting too "tall" for your dish, press the lasagna noodles down to flatten it a little) and the rest of the sauce. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2-2 cups of mozzarella cheese and the remaining 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese on top. Cover with greased foil.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover dish and bake an additional 25 minutes, until top is browned and noodles are tender. Remove from oven and let stand for 10-15 minutes before serving.

2 Responses
  1. Hey you! I feel like i haven't been here in so long! How's your mom doing?

    That lasagna looks yummy!

  2. Mama Taylor Says:

    Hey Monique! Yeah, I've been MIA from the blogsphere for awhile now. Focusing more on my little family because this was taking up too much of my time. As for my mom, she's doing great! I think things are finally getting back to normal... Her and my step dad are working things out by going to counseling. :)