Homemade Lasagna

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  • Homemade Lasagna, an easy lasagna recipe made in just 10 minutes hands-on time for an effortless weeknight dinner! This lasagna with cottage cheese is so incredibly gooey and filling. 

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    As the weather changes, so does our dinner menu. This time of year, I crave the taste and simplicity of homemade lasagna.

    I was at a Better Homes and Gardens workshop and the food editor {who is so fabulous} mentioned that studies showed people love to make homemade lasagna, even though it can be time-consuming. However, it doesn’t have to be! I love the cooking process and frequently make my own noodles, but there’s not always extra time in the day and it’s completely unnecessary. I updated my mom’s easy lasagna recipe which is so incredible and made it into 10-minute lasagna.

    homemade lasagna

    This is where my favorite shortcut comes in. Have you tried oven ready noodles? I was skeptical, but they make lasagna easy! The sauce softens them in the oven and your family or guests will never know that you saved 20 minutes boiling noodles in a pot of water. The key is to use plenty of sauce and cover while baking so the steam aids in cooking the noodles.

    homemade lasagna

    You can read more about the ingredients I use and see how I make this lasagna easy below…

    Homemade Lasagna Ingredients:

    • ground beef {I use 93/7% lean ground beef}
    • cottage cheese
    • shredded mozzarella {I prefer to freshly shred a block for the gooiest lasagna}
    • egg
    • parsley/basil
    • minced garlic {in a jar in the produce section of your grocer}
    • lasagna noodles {use oven ready to save time and effort}
    • spaghetti sauce

    Why do you Make Lasagna with Cottage Cheese?

    do not like cottage cheese, but when heated with shredded mozzarella and minced garlic, it creates the yummiest, gooiest lasagna filling that will have you coming back to this Homemade Lasagna recipe again and again!

    What readers are saying about this Homemade lasagna recipe:

    “Thank you. It was amazing. My husband and I both loved it. Definitely a keeper!”

    How to Make this Homemade Lasagna Recipe in Just 10 Minutes:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook your ground beef in a skillet over medium-high {minutes 1-5}

    ground beef for homemade lasagna recipe

    Meanwhile, combine cottage cheese, mozzarella {if you have an extra 5 minutes, shred it from a block…makes it so creamy}, minced garlic, basil or parsley, and an egg {minutes 1-5}.

    cottage cheese mix for homemade lasagna recipe

    Line your dish with noodles. Cover with 1/2 of the ground beef and pour 1/4 of the spaghetti sauce on top.

    noodles for homemade lasagna recipe
     
    Add another layer of noodles, half the cheese mixture. Add another layer of noodles, remaining ground beef and spaghetti sauce, yet another layer of noodles, the remainder of cheese mixture, top with noodles and sauce {minutes 5-10}.

    homemade lasagna recipe

    Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes if using oven ready noodles.

    Allow your Homemade Lasagna to rest 5 minutes and serve!
     
    easy homemade lasagna

    More Easy Dinner Recipes:

    Beef Tacos

    Chicken Nachos

    Baked Chicken

    What to Pair with Homemade Lasagna:

    Spinach Dip

    Italian Salad

    Chocolate Mousse

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    Homemade Lasagna

    My mom's Homemade Lasagna, an easy lasagna recipe made in just 10 minutes hands on time for an easy weeknight dinner! This lasagna with cottage cheese makes it so incredibly gooey, while also making it a filling dinner to feed a family or reheat throughout the week!
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine Italian
    Keyword casserole, easy dinner, easy recipe, fall, winter
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 25 minutes
    Setting time 5 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    Servings 9

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
    • 16 oz low fat cottage cheese
    • 16 oz shredded mozzarella
    • 1 egg
    • 1 Tbsp parsley or fresh basil
    • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
    • 1 box oven ready lasagna noodles
    • 24 oz spaghetti sauce

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat.
    3. Combine cottage cheese, mozzarella, minced garlic, basil or parsley and an egg.
    4. Line your dish with noodles. Cover with 1/2 of the ground beef and pour 1/4 of the spaghetti sauce on top.
    5. Add another layer of noodles and cover with half of the cheese mixture.
    6. Add another layer of noodles with remaining ground beef, 1/4 of the spaghetti sauce.
    7. Add another layer of noodles and cover with the remainder of cheese mixture.  Top with noodles and sauce. 

    8. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake 5 more minutes. Allow to set 5 minutes, top with fresh basil and serve.

    Recipe Notes

    If you have a few extra minutes, fresh shred mozzarella for an extra creamy taste.

    Pair with an Italian salad!  https://julieblanner.com/italian-salad/

    I hope you enjoy this easy lasagna as much as our family has over the last 35+ years! That’s right, I’m not disclosing my age! Please, if you try it, let me know what you think by using the five-star rating in the comments below!
     
    This recipe was originally posted September 2011.

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