Four-Cheese Lasagna Recipe
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Four-Cheese Lasagna Recipe

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Cheese really stars in this lighter lasagna, which I created a few years ago. It can be prepared ahead of time and baked later. I sometimes make up a couple batches and freeze them in case company drops by. —Janet Myers, Napanee, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 pound lasagna noodles, cooked and drained

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 351 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 742mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain. In a blender, process the tomatoes until smooth. Stir into beef mixture along with mushrooms, tomato paste and seasonings; simmer 15 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, combine cottage cheese, Parmesan, cheddar, 1/2 cup mozzarella and eggs. Spread 2 cups meat sauce in the bottom of an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Arrange half the noodles over sauce. Spread cheese mixture over noodles. Top with remaining noodles and sauce.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Return to the oven for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Four-Cheese Lasagna in Taste of Home April/May 1995, p29

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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love2bake10 User ID: 3863867 261919
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2017

"This is the only lasagna recipe I have ever made since I saw it in the magazine in 1995. I always make two pans right away and freeze one or give away. Fantastic recipe, turns out every time!"

joodiUK User ID: 6042332 243002
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"used dried pasta sheets and fresh mushrooms, turned out fine, it was delicious and even my husband who doesn't really like pasta said how good it was."

vmootz88 User ID: 2867778 242635
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2016

"Excellent! I use fresh sliced mushrooms and a minced zucchini along with some brown sugar. By far my favorite."

Rick412 User ID: 1702685 242252
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"I made this wonderful Lasagna EXACTLY per the recipe. Served with a garden salad, browned garlic bread, & a nice merlot wine. My wife & I loved it!"

SherryGabs User ID: 6486209 242196
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"I look forward to trying this. Seems to me, though, that one could just use a can of tomato puree instead of canned tomatoes and then blending them."

wuzznmee User ID: 8238819 242149
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"This is just soso. When I make mine I do three layers, with 4 noodles per layer, cutting three to fit the fourth one in without overlapping. I also use the best italian sausage from my favorite Italian market and use fresh sharp aged parmesan. I also use ricotta cheese and mix it with some of the sauce so it spreads easier, none on the top layer.. Mine is putsy I know, its not an every day dish. Mushrooms in Lasagne....NEVER."

suekg User ID: 3417903 240169
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015 Edited Jun. 23, 2016

"left out the meat sauted a pound of fresh mushrooms ( no canned) Everyone had seconds"

robandapril User ID: 4351423 229572
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2015

"I also cut the amount of noodles in half. My family loves this, I always double it to put one in the freezer for later. We also use the sauce recipe for spaghetti but increase the fennel seed to 1 teaspoon."

marrisa_s User ID: 6152461 1227
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"This recipe was not great, just good. I didnt think it was that cheesy and I even added a little more cheese than what it called for. Kathyferickson, 16 oz. of noodles was waaaayyy too much. The recipe says to cook 16 oz of noodles and theres only 2 layers of lasagna noodles so thats 8 oz of noodles per layer. I made it a 3 layer and still only used 9 lasagna noodles because 3 fit perfectly per layer in a 9x13."

kathyferickson User ID: 1177782 2620
Reviewed May. 24, 2011

"The recipe calls for one pound of lasagna noodles; is that correct? It seems like a lot of noodles for a 9x13 pan. Pls inform."

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