Friday, April 25, 2008

TUTORIAL ~ Lazy-Dazy Lasagna

3/4 to 1 pound ground hamburger, cooked and drained
1 jar of commercial spaghetti sauce OR 2 1/2-3 cups homemade sauce
1 large carton small curd cottage cheese
2 eggs
1 large handful Parmesan cheese
1 small handful dried parsley
Several healthy dashes of black pepper
Uncooked lasagna noodles
1 package shredded mozzarella cheese
9x13 Pyrex baking dish
Aluminum foil

Mix cooked hamburger and spaghetti sauce together in one bowl.
Mix cottage cheese, 2 beaten eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and black pepper together in another bowl.

Scoop approximately 1/3 of the spaghetti sauce mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.

Next comes the first layer of uncooked lasagna noodles. These are normal lasagna noodles - 79 cents a box when on sale. Mine are short because I break them in half to fit in my glass jar.

Scoop on the first layer of cottage cheese mixture - use 1/2 of it in this layer.

Scoop on your second layer of spaghetti & meat mixture.
Use approximately half of what remains in the bowl.

This is your last layer of uncooked lasagna noodles.

Spread on the rest of the cottage cheese mixture.
A rubber spatula works well to get every last bit out of the bowl.

Spoon the last of the spaghetti sauce mixture on top of the cottage cheese mixture. At this point I dribble 1/2 cup water around the edges. This extra moisture is what allows the raw noodles to cook in the oven. It looks odd in the dish but it really works. =)

Sprinkle approximately 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese on top.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cover dish with foil and bake 45 minutes.
Uncover and bake 15 minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
It will be easier to cut and lift from the dish if you do.

Last but not least ... my Kitchen Princess!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do in our family. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section.

God Bless,


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