- 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
"This looks great, and easy but isn't it theoretically baked ziti? Is there something about it that makes it more lasagna (besides the shell shape pasta maybe). Just wondering. Thanks for posting."
"This was great! I love using the shells!I divided it up into a few mini loaf pans to freeze as well as cooking a large loaf pan. The frozen ones were easy-I just took one out of the freezer the night before, then cooked according to the original directions."
"Not bad but not great. A 3 quart dish is way too small, ran over in the oven. Not enough sauce. Not sure I will make it again."
"I doubled the (extra lean) ground beef--we loved it and gave the recipe to relatives who loved it."
"I used 1 lb. ground turkey and it worked out very well! I'd also used both jumbo shells and regular pasta shells-8 jumbo and 2 cups regular pasta shells in 8 cups of boiling water with 1 tsp. salt and 1 Tbsp. oil, cooked 9 to 11 minutes and drained. I also added 1 tsp. ground oregano OR crushed Italian seasoning to the cooked ground turkey and also used a 24-oz. jar of chunky pasta sauce to the cooked meat mixture. I kept the Mozzarella cheese, eggs and cottage cheese the same-also with the parsley flakes! I did add 1/2 tsp. crushed oregano to the cheese mixture! I'd also topped the meat mixture with remaining Mozzarella cheese and covered-baked for 45 minutes, then uncovered and baked 15 minutes longer! This dish is very good! It's definitely a keeper! delowenstein"
"Cou;d you use turkey instead of ground beef? Thanks"
"I made it with rigatoni instead of shells, and a little bit lighter, less mozzarella and less butter, and it still turned up delicious!"
"Our whole family enjoyed this easy lasagna dish! I did cut back on onion and cheese a bit but was still very good!"
"It was ok-good enough to eat, but not my favourite meal. Usually I read reviews before making something for the first time, but for whatever reason I didn't this time. Really wish I did! I will make this again someday, but next time I will use more sauce and mix it all together. i found it a bit dry, since the sauce didn't permeate the noodles. I'll also add more cheese next time, but that's only because I'm gluttonous with cheese!"