Layered Italian Casserole Recipe
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Layered Italian Casserole Recipe

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Yum! That's the only response you'll get from your friends and family when they try this super-supper from Joyce Benninger of Owen Sound, Ontario. She writes, “It tastes just like lasagna but with less preparation time.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) Italian tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) 1% cottage cheese
  • 2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup: 413 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 1067mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 39g protein .


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook the beef, onion and garlic until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato sauce, parsley and oregano; heat through.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cottage cheese, 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Drain the spaghetti.
  3. Spread 1 cup meat sauce into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with half of the spaghetti, cheese mixture and remaining meat sauce. Repeat layers (dish will be full).
  4. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Layered Italian Casserole in Light & Tasty October/November 2007, p55

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Joscy 66657
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"Looking forward to trying this ~~ soon!"

tchr90 161785
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"My husband & I love this recipe! It takes a little time to prepare but is worth it. I sometimes use ricotta instead of cottage cheese or sometimes use some of both (which is how I make my lasagne)."

sheila54 208419
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"This dish tastes just like lasagna but is much easier to prepare. I used a jarred sauce to speed up the process even more and used ricotta instead of cottage cheese. Very good!"

MugRug 208418
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"This turned out really good. My boys usually don't eat cottage cheese, but did not even realize it was in this dish. I would definately make it again! Yum..."

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