Busy Day Lasagna

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2 c penne pasta, uncooked
1 lb ground beef
1 jar(s) spaghetti sauce (26 oz.)
1 & 1/2 c cottage cheese
2 & 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese

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Missy Asche Recipe
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Venus, PA (pop. 3,561)
Member Since Jan 2011
Missy's notes for this recipe:
Quick to throw together and sooooo good :-)
I made this for a football game one Sunday, vs. making an actual lasagna and was told it was just as good as lasagna, maybe better!
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 X 9 dish (which is a 3 quart dish)
Cook pasta in boiling water 8 - 10 minutes, drain.
Cook ground beef until brown, drain fat.
Add ground beef to the cooked pasta and spaghetti sauce; mix well.
Pour 1/2 of the pasta/beef mixture into greased dish. On top of this, spread the cottage cheese in an even layer; sprinkle with 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese.
Place remaining pasta mixture over cheese, top with remaining mozzarella cheese. cover and bake in oven for 25 minutes. Cheese should be melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting/serving.


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user SUZAN ROTA SUZANCOOKS - Nov 9, 2011
I make a similar dish but with ricotta, 1/4 c. parm.cheese and two eggs beaten instead of cottage cheese. Also, instead of layering, mix all ingredients together (including a jar of marinara sauce) topped with the mozzarella cheese and bake in a casserole dish at same temp-time.

Easy, filling and a family favorite.
user Missy Asche missyasche - Nov 9, 2011
You should post it. It's nice to have several variations of lasagna. It sounds good :-)
user Deneece Gursky Smokeygirlxo - Nov 10, 2011
Missy this is a great recipe. I do a quickie version of pierogies and now I have this one to add to the busy day recipes. When I saw your addition of cottage cheese it made me think of my Nana. She told me when I was just a young one lol that when she didnt have ricotta in the house she used cottage cheese in her lasagna. Noone could ever tell the difference! I cannot wait to try this! What a great post!
user Missy Asche missyasche - Nov 10, 2011
Thanks, hope you enjoy it! I had never used cottage cheese in my lasagna and when I made this, I was surprised how much flavor the cottage cheese gave the dish. I might try using cottage cheese for my traditional lasagna next time!

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