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my famous lasagna

★★★★★ 21
a recipe by
jannette dellanos-poland

I call this my "famous" lasagna because every time I make it, it becomes someone's favorite lasagna. I still have friends calling me, year after year, asking me to make it for them. The white sauce is different than your usual ricotta cheese and adds a sweet and tangy mix to the lasagna. I think you'll love it!

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This is a rich and creamy lasagna that, after one bite, you know why it's famous. There are layers of meat sauce and a rich cream cheese mixture. The cheesy layer combines cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, and Parmesan cheese. As it bakes, this melts together. The result is a rich and creamy sauce. It almost tastes sweet in comparison to the tomato sauce. Delicious for a special occasion, but it's so good you'll want to make this lasagna recipe often.

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★★★★★ 21
serves 10
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For my famous lasagna

  • 2 lb
    ground sirloin
  • 24 oz
    meat-flavored spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    garlic powder
  • 12
    lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 8 oz
    sour cream
  • 8 oz
    small curd cottage cheese
  • 6 oz
    cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 Tbsp
    grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 c
    shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 c
    shredded mozzarella cheese

How To Make my famous lasagna

  • Browning ground beef with seasonings.
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large frying pan, brown ground beef with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Tomato sauce added to the browned beef.
    Drain meat when done and add it back to the pan. Add the spaghetti sauce - just enough sauce to make the meat wet, but you don't want more sauce than meat. Simmer until you are ready to layer the lasagna.
  • Sour cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese, and Parmesan cheese in a bowl.
    In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly mix sour cream, cottage cheese, and cream cheese with 3 tablespoons of Parmesan and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Boiling lasagna noodles.
    Boil about 12 lasagna noodles; drain them when cooked, usually about 10 minutes.
  • 3 lasagna noodles in a dish on top of a layer of meat sauce.
    You are ready to layer your lasagna! Use a 9x13 lasagna pan deep enough for about 3 layers. Spoon a small amount of meat mixture on the bottom of the pan so the noodles won't stick. Layer 3 lasagna noodles on top of that.
  • A layer of meat sauce on top of the lasagna noodles.
    Top the pasta with 1/3rd of the meat mixture.
  • Spreading cheese mixture on top of the meat sauce.
    Now, carefully add a spread 1/3rd of the cheese mixture on top of the meat sauce. Lightly drop spoonfuls and smooth them out.
  • Shredded cheese sprinkled over the white sauce.
    Next, add 1/3 of both shredded cheeses - enough to coat the white sauce - and then sprinkle with some grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Repeating the layers.
    Repeat the previous layer 2 more times. The top should be the remaining 3 lasagna noodles.
  • Shredded cheese on top of the last layer of lasagna noodles.
    The last layer is the shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top of the cheddar, just enough to cover.
  • Baking the lasagna.
    Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes. At that point, turn on the broil to low, Broil until the top is golden brown, about 8 minutes.
  • Baked lasagna cooling.
    Let the lasagna sit out for at least 30 minutes before serving. Cut into squares and ENJOY! NOTE: You can freeze this lasagna for up to 3 months in an airtight container that has been placed inside a freezer bag.