- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
- 1 pound medium pasta shells, cooked and drained
- 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- 3 cups (24 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
- 1 jar (24 ounces) pasta sauce
- In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Sprinkle with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the pasta, 3 cups mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and remaining pepper. Transfer to a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish. Top with beef mixture and spaghetti sauce (dish will be full).
Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Freeze option: Sprinkle casserole with remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover and freeze unbaked casserole. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Medium-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.
Reviews for Lasagna Casserole
"Made this for the second time today. I used ricotta cheese as I don't like cottage cheese. I added a few more spices too (oregano and basil). Since I didn't have a 3qt pan I used a 4qt which worked well. Next time I may add more sauce and sausage. Everyone liked it."
"This is a wonderful recipe - easy to make and quite delicious! I made it as the recipe said but added basil to the ricotta and Italian seasoning to the beef (everyone has their preferences in spices and herbs). I prefer it to both lasagne and spaghetti and meatball dishes because of the ease in preparation as well as the fact that it's easy to eat. It's a really good party dish - you can make it with confidence."
"This is a good, hearty meal. I made it as directed. It is true that this is A VERY full dish once all ingredients are added! I used a cookie sheet underneath mine in case of boil over and I'm glad I did. Next time I believe I'll use about 3/4 cup less pasta and perhaps use Italian sausage just to spice it up a bit. Was by no means bland, just would like to "snaz" it up a bit. Will certainly add this to my pasta recipes to make again. Thanks for the recipe!"
"I make this but use hot sausage, 3/4 lb of pasta ..and I always use ricotta cheese if a recipe calls for cottage cheese...cottage cheese is disgusting in a saucey cassetole"
"Turns out perfect every time! Easy to make. The whole family likes it."
"Loved this recipe. Easy to make, freezes well. Better than lasagna"
"This recipe is ok. If I make it again I will use less pasta and more sauce. I thought it was alittle dry, but the taste was pretty good inspite of the dryness."
"I've been making this casserole since 1999. My family loves it and it's my go-to recipe for crowds. As Deb suggested, I use mild Italian sausage."
"I don't like being that reviewer that didn't follow the recipe exactly and critiques it... but here I go! Overall, I really like this recipe! Unlike the lasagna I am used to making it, the way the noodles and cheese are first mixed and then meat and sauce go on top, the flavors really get separated out, giving the noodles a sweet and creamy texture complimented by the savory/saltiness of the sauce and meat!Modifications- After making similar recipes before, I decided to cut down the pasta by about half and was glad I did. If I were doing a full pound of pasta, I would have done 1-1/2 to 2 lbs of meat instead of one pound and increased the sauce. I opted for the suggestion of using Italian sausage and added some saut?ed mushrooms as well. Since I cut the pasta down, I also cut the cottage cheese to 2 Cups. After finding that my block of mozzarella was spoiled, I had to substitute in the kids' mozzarella cheese sticks! (used 9). The recipe calls for 4% cottage cheese, which I used. If you are going for flavor, I wouldn't skimp.My take away is that it s a solid recipe, but I cannot imagine using a whole pound of pasta without increasing the amount of meat and sauce and potentially cheeses. It turned out great without being too dry or too much pasta vs. meat."