I have a really really great go-to lasagna recipe that takes a long time to make and has lots of ingredients, it’s filled with veggies, plus a delicious home made sauce…. and this IS NOT it! I should get around to sharing that one with you guys because it is something special! Each time I make it, it never lasts long, but today we are talking about my lazy lasagna! You know those days where you want to eat something comforting, but you just don’t have the energy, need, want, or will to put into it?? Well, that is where this recipe can be a life saver. Nothing is easier than tossing a store bought frozen lasagna (merrrr…) into the oven and coming back and hour later, but do you really want to do that to yourselves?! Of course you don’t! But even more so, I don’t want you to do that to yourselves! So, instead you can toss together this dish and that way you know a bit more about what you’re eating.
Let’s chat about each layer of this delicious little number.. First off, we have the meat sauce.. This is a combination of one large onion, a couple cloves of garlic, a jar of no salt added tomato sauce, one pound ground beef, and some seasonings (italian, seasoning salt, pepper to flavor). I started with cooking down the onion and garlic in a pan, then went on to add the ground beef in, some Italian seasonings, and s&p. Once the beef was all browned up, I tossed in the jar of no salt added tomato sauce and voila! Sauce. Done. For the next layer I mixed one medium container cottage cheese, one egg, some mozza, and Italian seasoning (to flavor.) Like… really it couldn’t be much easier. I am generally not a fan of buying the kind of cheese that comes pre-grated in a bag, but I was feeling especially lazy that day.. so pre-grated 3 cheese mix it was! Time and dishes were both saved by the use of oven-ready lasagna noodles. (because boiling water is such hard work!) I had never tried them before and really just wanted to know how they tasted. Which BTW, they were actually pretty tasty and would definitely buy again! PC Splendido Lasgana Noodles were the ones that I used..
Once I had all the parts prepped and ready to go, I layered that sucker into the pan like this; little bit of sauce on bottom, noodles, meat sauce, noodles, cottage cheese mixture, noodles, remaining sauce, cover with cheese… YUM! Baked it at 400 for 45 min, covered with tin foil (so it didn’t get too dark on top) and baked for 15 min longer.
While this isn’t my regular lasagna, it has made it’s way into my heart and will be joining in our recipe rotation. It came out with a nice crust, while the middle is ooey and gooey with meat sauce and melted cheese.. and now I have to stop because I am making myself hungry again!
Let me know how you make out in your own kitchen with this recipe!