Easy Lasagna With Cottage Cheese

Nothing is better than a hot lasagna. Delicious meat sauce, creamy, cheesy, and absolutely tasty. Great filling meal the whole family can enjoy.

This recipe does use cottage cheese instead of the traditional ricotta cheese. My family likes cottage cheese and I wanted to try something different. Give it a try and see what you think.

Let’s get started making this recipe.

Easy Lasagna Recipe

lasagna in a pan

This lasagna recipe is:

  • Easy To Make
  • Perfect for lunch or dinner

Shopping List

The following ingredients will be needed to make this recipe. You will need ground beef, lasagna noodles, garlic powder, salt, dried cilantro flakes, onion, traditional pasta sauce, cottage cheese, egg, parsley flakes, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese.

How Long Does It Take To Make?

You will need to plan for 25 minutes of preparation time to cook the noodles and make the sauce. Then you will need an additional 50-60 minutes to bake the lasagna.

How To Store?

Properly stored lasagna should last in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Can You Make Ahead?

You can prepare the lasagna ahead of time and then refrigerate for up to 2 days before baking.

Can You Freeze Lasagna?

Yes, you can freeze lasagna. After cooking, you will want to let it cool down completely. If you try to freeze hot lasagna it could cause ice crystals to form which can lead to freezer burn and mushy lasagna.

Once cooled down, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Cover the top with tin foil. if you are freezing cooked lasagna you can cut it and portion it out and then freeze in smaller freezer-safe containers or wrap the lasagna individually with plastic wrap and then freeze in freezer-safe bags.

Label with the name and date and then freeze. Lasagna can last in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How To Reheat?

Reheat lasagna in the oven for 30 minutes or until fully heated.

Thaw frozen lasagna and then bake in the oven. Bake for 65-70 minutes or until fully heated. During the last 10-15 minutes of cooking time remove the foil so you can brown the top. Let the lasagna sit for 10-15 minutes before eating.

Does Cottage Cheese Make Lasagna Watery?

It can, I recommend using full-fat cottage cheese. You can also drain some of the cheese before using it.

How Do You Layer Lasagna?

I like to start by adding a small amount of sauce to the bottom of the pan. Then I will add noodles, cottage cheese mixture, sauce, and then repeat until I get to the top. The last step will be to add the meat sauce followed by the mozzarella cheese.

Substitutions

If you don’t want to use straight ground beef you can mix 1 pound of ground beef and 1 pound of Italian sausage.

I used cottage cheese for this recipe if you don’t like cottage cheese you can use ricotta cheese.

How To Make Lasagna

  • The first thing you need to do is gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close by.
  • Cut onion into small pieces.
  • Cook lasagna noodles. Follow directions on the package. Drain water rinse, and set aside to use later.
  • Heat a pot and add ground beef. Break up chunks of meat and cook until browned and no longer pink. Drain off fat and then return to the stove.
hamburger and onions
  • Add onions, garlic powder, salt, and cilantro flakes. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Then add the pasta sauce. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
lasagna meat sauce
  • In a bowl add cottage cheese, egg, and 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese. Mix together.
cottage cheese mixture
  • Add a small amount of sauce to the lasagna pan. Layer lasagna noodles on top, followed by cottage cheese mixture, and meat sauce. Repeat the steps until you get to the top.
lasagna noodles in a pan
  • When at the top add meat sauce and then add the rest of the parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Cover and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, uncover, and then return to the oven and bake for an additional 25 minutes.
  • After done cooking remove the lasagna from the oven and let it sit for 10-20 minutes.
lasagna

Tips

  • Use the right pan at least 3 inches deep so it does not boil over.
  • Cover when baking. Close to the end of your cooking time remove the foil so the top will brown.
  • Let the lasagna sit for 10-20 minutes before cutting into it.
  • Don’t overbake the lasagna.

What To Serve With 

Sides that go well with lasagna are breadsticks, garlic bread, salad, roasted vegetables, and dinner rolls.

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Lasagna With Cottage Cheese

Easy lasagna recipe with added cottage cheese.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Lasagna recipe, Lasagna with cottage cheese
Servings: 8
Calories: 400kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Package ( 16 Oz) Lasagna Noodles
  • 2 Pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Cilantro Flakes
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Cans Traditional Pasta Sauce (24 oz each)
  • 1 24 Oz Small Curd Cottage Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Parsley Flakes
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Cut onion into small pieces.
  • Cook lasagna noodles. Follow directions on the package. Drain water rinse, and set aside to use later.
  • Heat a pot and add ground beef. Break up chunks of meat and cook until browned and no longer pink. Drain off fat and then return to the stove.
  • Add onions, garlic powder, salt, and cilantro flakes. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Then add the pasta sauce. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • In a bowl add cottage cheese, egg, and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. Mix together.
  • Add a small amount of sauce to the lasagna pan. Layer lasagna noodles on top, followed by cottage cheese mixture, and meat sauce. Repeat the steps until you get to the top.
  • When at the top add meat sauce and then top with the rest of the parmesan and mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, uncover, and then return to the oven and bake for an additional 25 minutes.
  • After done cooking remove the lasagna from the oven and let it sit for 10-20 minutes.

Notes

How To Store?

Properly stored lasagna should last in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Can You Make Ahead?

You can prepare the lasagna ahead of time and then refrigerate for up to 2 days before baking.

How To Reheat?

Reheat lasagna in the oven for 30 minutes or until fully heated.
Reheat thawed frozen lasagna covered in the oven. Bake for 65-70 minutes or until fully heated. During the last 10-15 minutes of cooking time remove the foil so you can brown the top. Let the lasagna sit for 10-15 minutes before eating.

Can You Freeze Lasagna?

Yes, you can freeze lasagna. After cooking, you will want to let it cool down completely. If you try to freeze hot lasagna it could cause ice crystals to form which can lead to freezer burn and mushy lasagna.
Once cooled down, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Cover the top with tin foil. if you are freezing cooked lasagna you can cut it and portion it out and then freeze in smaller freezer-safe containers or wrap the lasagna individually with plastic wrap and then freeze in freezer-safe bags.
Label with the name and date and then freeze. Lasagna can last in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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