Friday, January 20, 2012

Favorite Lasagna

We love lasagna but I  rarely make it. The multiple steps and ingredients I don't usually stock, hold me back. I've tried simpler recipes, but keep coming back to this lasanga as our favorite.

The original recipe required part of a container of cottage cheese and didn't use a whole box of lasagna noodles. I disliked having partially used containers. Besides, while I was in the mess, it wasn't much more trouble to make several pans.

I adapted the recipe to make three 9x13 pans and use up complete containers.

This morning I simmered the sauce while I made lunch.


The noodles cooked while we cleaned up the kitchen. 

The cheese filling didn't take long to stir up.

The hardest thing about assembling the lasagnas was guessing how to make all the layers come out evenly. And that wasn't so difficult.

By the time I finished, I wondered why I think making lasagna is a big deal. Now I have a lasagna all ready for Ed's birthday next week and two more for the freezer. Anyone want to come over for lasagna?

Favorite Lasagna - Large Batch

4 lb ground beef
2 quart pizza sauce

OR instead of pizza sauce use:
2 quart tomato juice
4 (6oz) cans tomato paste
3 tsp salt
3 tsp basil
1 tsp garlic powder

Cheese Filling:
2 (24 oz) cottage cheese
6 eggs
1 1/2 cup paremesan cheese
4 T parsley flakes
3 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

2 (16 oz) boxes of lasagna noodles (36 noodles)
2 lb shredded mozarella

Brown ground beef. Add pizza sauce OR sauce ingredients. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Combine cheese filling ingredients.

Cook noodles until just softened. Drain.

In three 9x13 pans, put a little sauce in bottom. Layer noodles, cheese filling, and sauce. Repeat two times. End with layer of noodles and any remaining sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Wrap tightly and freeze or bake at 375 for 30 minutes.


  1. sounds lovely, we use a cheaper way with the cheese filling and make a cheese sauce, cornflour, some butter and milk, flavoured with cheese, some people call it bechamel sauce, then add grated hard cheese and stir through until melted - your recipe sounds delicious

  2. my daughters and I just did a freezer cooking day, and we made up 4 lasagnas, they are so nice to have in the freezer.

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    PS read the book and thought it was very good, I'll be mentioning it on my blog. :)

    1. I need some tips on how to freeze lasagnas. I tried it once, and they ended up a soupy mess, and we ended up throwing out one, which was SUCH waste. I have not tried again for fear of another wasted dish.

  3. Sounds yummy, I never cook my noodles, just pour 1/2 water around the edge of the casserole before I bake it. Noodles turn out soft for me every time.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. We like lasagna too but very seldom make it. For one thing, I never had a good recipe and I thought they were a lot of trouble to make. I will definitely b trying this out. I really like the idea of having them in the freezer. Enjoy your day and God bless.

  5. sounds great - I think I need more glass 9x13 dishes so I can make more for my freezer!

  6. I just made lasagna as well. Must be a winter comfort thing. If the noodles are holding you back, buy the "oven ready onees" or skip the noodles entirely. Sometimes I make a thick polenta to use as a noodle layer or layer eggplant slices. Both work well.

  7. What pizza sauce dO you use?

    1. I use my own homemade pizza sauce but any will work.


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