The Mamas' Lasagna

Cherie Hammond Recipe

By Cherie Hammond Momma_CC


This recipe represents a blend of 3 recipes, from my mom, my mother-in-law and me! Thus the plural name, "The Mamas'"! I'm sure you have your favorite, but I hope you will give ours a try! Enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
I seriously love the balance of herbs in this recipe! The sauce was so good that I plan to use it the next time I whip up a batch of spaghetti. We used the whole grain noodles as Cherie suggests and were very happy with the way it turned out. Highly recommended!


1 lb
ground chuck
medium onion, chopped
1 clove
garlic, crushed
2 tsp
1 1/2 tsp
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
1 Tbsp
2 can(s)
tomato paste, 6oz
1 can(s)
diced tomatoes, 28oz
3/4 c
large block of mozzarella cheese, shredded
large carton of large curd cottage cheese
grated parmesan cheese
lasagna noodles, boiled...i like whole grain noodles

Directions Step-By-Step

Brown meat and onion together. Drain off grease and put meat in a large sauce pan.
Add the remaining ingredients through the water. Then, simmer for approximately 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, boil the lasagna noodles. Spray a deep 9x13 inch baking dish with Pam.
To assemble the lasagna you will alternate layers of meat, cheese, noodles...3 layers of meat and cheese; 2 layers of noodles. The last layer of cheese will only be the Parmesan cheese. Split the Mozzarella and cottage cheeses between the middle 2 layers of cheese. Use as much of the Parmesan cheese as you prefer.
You can make this ahead of time and not bake it until you are ready. When you are ready, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake until hot and bubbly; approximately 1 hour covered, then 1/2 hour uncovered.
It will need to sit for approximately 15 minutes when it comes out of the oven in order to set and make cutting easier.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Collection: Mom Made It Best
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #comfort-food

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Donna Kurtz Hardin DonnaKurtzHardin
Nov 21, 2013
This is Wonderful ... Not in anyway do you need to change anything... I like Sweet Italian Sausage I did use a 1/2 lb the next time with ground beef.. Not because of recipe but personal wishes... Great Job..
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Ann Higgins Clese
May 20, 2012
Wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing. Tried it last night & there was barely enough left for lunch. It's the first time I've used cottage cheese instead of ricotta - yummy!
Rose Selvar potrose
May 18, 2012
Cherie Hammond,
Congratulations on winning a Blue Ribbon for this recipe. I love your picture of the finished product!! LOOKS SO YUMMY!!! I've read all the comments and everyone seems to agree on the sauce. Everyone seems to like it. I have made lasagna with ricotta and at other times with cottage cheese. It always turns out great for me. I, too, love to try new recipes so I will definitely be trying your lasagna recipe. Saving for now. Thanks for sharing. 5/18/12
Denise Seifried Daygirll
May 15, 2012
LOL, Been there done that! This sauce is good, I am using it for spaghetti too.