Lasagna that is Delicious and Quick

Lasagna, what’s for dinner tonight! I have made so many variations of lasagna over the last decade. Boil the pasta, no-bake pasta, ricotta, cottage cheese, pre-shredded cheese, shred your own, can spaghetti sauce, homemade sauce… I literally could go on with the different types of lasagna that I have made. 

What I have come to find, is that once it is baked and served, any type of lasagna is the best. What makes a good lasagna is the care that you put into its assembly and making sure it is served with love. However, I have had Lasagnas that do not turn out as planned. Some are too runny, some turn out with just slightly undercooked pasta, and some are too dry. Whatever the case, it is always good to keep cooking and perfecting recipes.

Lasagna cooked in white pan

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Perfect Layers

When I make Lasagna, I try to make the layers look pretty when it eventually gets cut. Then, when Tyler cuts into it at dinnertime, and the layers are then nice and even and visibly seen, I get excited knowing the hard work paid off. Below is a list of the layers that I use when making Lasagna.

Meat Sauce
Pasta
Cottage cheese mixture
Pasta
Meat Sauce
Pasta
Cottage cheese mixture
Pasta
Remaining sauce
Shredded Cheeses

Lasagna on white plate cut with zucchini

Lasagna Ingredients

There has been a difference of opinion in our home about what goes into a Cheese Layer for Lasagna. The two polarized thoughts are between Ricotta and Cottage Cheese. Additionally, onions have been a point of distaste in the more recent past. Some of our kids, myself included, like the taste and texture of using Cottage Cheese while Tyler and the rest of our kids like Ricotta instead.

Incidentally, when talking about onion being added to Lasagna, this grouping does get mixed up. For example, I detest raw onion. I will not eat them raw and as a result, end up cooking them with the ground beef. Some of our kids do not appreciate this act of love. They should be happy there are no raw onions in my delicious Lasagna.

Below is a list of ingredients I use when making Lasagna. For this specific recipe, No-Boil Lasagna pasta was used to see if I could perfect the texture when cooked. Stay tuned to the end to find out the result!

Spaghetti sauce jar
1 onion diced
No-boil lasagna pasta
1 large container cottage cheese
Parsley & Oregano
1 egg
Mozzarella & Parmesan cheese
2 pounds ground beef
1 can mushrooms

Ingredients to make Lasagna on countertop

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Directions for Lasagna

1. In a large pan, over medium heat, cook the meat until browned. Then, drain any fat and return the pan to the stove.

Ground beef in large pan cooking on stove

2. Dice an onion and then add it to the cooking meat. Cook the onion until tender and translucent.
3. If desired, add 1 can of mushrooms to the pan.
4. As this pasta does not need to boil ahead of time, add the recommended water to the meat per the box’s directions, however if you are choosing to use boil pasta, then follow the directions on that box.

Lasagna pan sprayed with non-stick spray on countertop

5. Pour the spaghetti sauce into the pan with the cooked meat, mushrooms, onion and water, then let this simmer and cook for up to 1 hour before assembling lasagna.

6. Shred 1 cup of parmesan, asiago and mozzarella into a bowl with Cottage Cheese and mix together in a bowl, then set aside. Additionally, I used my Cuisinart Food Processor to make short work of shredding the cheese. Also, using a blend of cheeses helps to give a bolder flavor to your Lasagna.

7. Spray a 9 X 13 Lasagna pan with non-stick spray and then set aside.

Lasagna pan resting on countertop

8. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Time to Assemble

9. Then spread 1 cup of meat sauce onto the bottom of the Lasagna pan using a spatula. Levi was my adorable helper tonight!

Levi looking cute at camera as one scoop of Lasagna sauce is added to bottom of pan

10. Then place 4 uncooked lasagna sheets in the pan on top of the thin layer of sauce. If your pan will not fit a full sheet on one edge, feel free to break a sheet of pasta in half.

five Lasagna pasta added over sauce in pan

11. Top the pasta with half of the Cottage Cheese mixture and then spread around with a spatula.

12. Place the next layer of pasta on top of the Cottage Cheese mixture.

five pasta on top of cottage cheese mixture in pan

13. Then, using a large spoon, scoop sauce onto pasta carefully – keep 1/3 reserved for the top.

meat sauce over pasta in Lasagna pan

14. Add the next layer of pasta on top of the sauce.

five Lasagna pasta on top of meat sauce

15. Then, repeat each layer a second time.

16. When the last pasta layer is placed, pour the remaining sauce on top and spread it evenly over the pasta.

remaining meat sauce in Lasagna pan

15. Sprinkle shredded cheese on the top of the Lasagna and then, to avoid drips, place your Lasagna pan on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. This helps cleanup be a breeze!

17. Finally, bake at 425 degrees for 50-55 minutes. When done, remove the Lasagna from the oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Fully cooked Lasagna resting five-to-ten minutes

The final result of this Lasagna with No-Boil pasta was fantastic! If you follow the directions with how much water to add to the sauce, the pasta will then come out perfect. The layers were excellent, the flavor was amazing, and there were happy people around the table devouring this dinner.
Enjoy!
~Monica

Dinner table set with Lasagna, salad, corn and white plates

Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients

Spaghetti sauce jar
1 onion diced
No-boil lasagna pasta
1 large container cottage cheese
Parsley & Oregano
1 egg
Mozzarella & Parmesan cheese
2 pounds ground beef
1 can mushrooms

Directions

1. In a large pan, over medium heat, cook the meat until browned. Then, drain any fat and return the pan to the stove.
2. Dice an onion and then add it to the cooking meat. Cook the onion until tender and translucent.
3. If desired, add 1 can of mushrooms to the pan.
4. As this pasta does not need to boil ahead of time, add the recommended water to the meat per the box’s directions. If you are choosing to use boil pasta, then follow the directions on that box.
5. Pour the spaghetti sauce into the pan with the cooked meat, mushrooms, onion and water, then let this simmer and cook for up to 1 hour before assembling lasagna.
6. Shred 1 cup of parmesan and mozzarella into a bowl with Cottage Cheese and mix together in a bowl, then set aside.
7. Spray a 9 X 13 pan with non-stick spray and then set aside.
8. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
9. Place 1/4 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the prepared pan, then spread it around using a spatula.
10. Then place 4 uncooked lasagna sheets in the pan on top of the thin layer of sauce.
11. Top the pasta with half of the Cottage Cheese mixture and then spread around with a spatula.
12. Place the next layer of pasta on top of the Cottage Cheese mixture.
13. Then, using a large spoon, scoop sauce onto pasta carefully – keep 1/3 reserved for the top.
14. Add the next layer of pasta on top of the sauce.
15. Then, repeat each layer twice.
16. When the last pasta layer is placed, pour the remaining sauce on top and spread it evenly over the pasta.
15. Sprinkle shredded cheese on the top of the Lasagna and then, to avoid drips, place your Lasagna pan on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. This helps cleanup be a breeze!
17. Finally, bake at 425 degrees for 50-55 minutes.
Remove the Lasagna from the oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Lasagna that is cooked, cooling and ready to eat!

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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