I call this ‘Jayme’s Lasagna’ not because I’ve got a unique and beautiful way of making it, but because I have a simple, common way of making it. Real lasagna recipes involve ricotta cheese. I don’t care for ricotta cheese for some reason. So I use cottage cheese. Real lasagna calls for other fancy cheeses. I just use mozzarella. Some people like to use the no boil lasagna noodles. Not me. I just haven’t had much luck with them. It really doesn’t make much time to boil noodles – you can do that while you’re preparing the sauce.
This is a lasagna recipe for those of you that like simple recipes that are quick to make. I love it cause it freezes super well and is great as leftovers. It’s a great meal to take to someone who just had a baby, a new neighbor or a death in the family.
(this makes a 9×9 pan, double to make a 9×13 pan)
4 lasagna noodles, boiled
8 ounces cottage cheese (I like the small curd)
8 ounces mozzarella cheese (or more!)
1 lb hamburger
some onion, chopped
jar of spaghetti sauce (I make my own, but way okay to buy it too.)
1. Boil the noodles til done. Drain. Set aside.
2. Brown the hamburger with onion and spices (I use salt, pepper and garlic powder/salt). Drain when done.
3. Combine hamburger with spaghetti sauce. Note: you want a slightly “chunky” sauce so that your lasagna gets cut nicely. Too “saucy” will cause it to slip all over.
4. Spray a 9×9 pan with cooking spray. Add a little bit of sauce to the bottom of the pan.
5. Place your noodles on the bottom of the pan. It will take 3 of them, but you’ll need to cut off about 1/3 of the noodle off the end. Save those! Those’ll go on your second layer.
6. Place 1/2 your spaghetti sauce on top of the first layer of noodles.
7. Sprinkle the top with parsley. Don’t need a solid layer, but don’t be too stingy.
8. Put small spoonfuls of cottage cheese on top of the sauce. Don’t have to be a solid layer. Just a dollop here, a dollop there.
9. Put a layer of mozzarella cheese on top of the cottage cheese.
10. Repeat with another layer of noodles (use those odds & ends from before!), sauce, parsley, cottage cheese and mozzarella cheese.
11. Bake covered with foil for a solid hour. After that, take off the foil and cook for another 10-15 minutes to brown the cheese.
12. Take out of the oven. Let sit for 10 minutes to firm up. Cut into squares!
Before it’s all cooked up, it’ll look like this: