Back to Layered Italian Casserole

Print Options


Card Sizes

Layered Italian Casserole Recipe

Layered Italian Casserole Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups equals 413 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 1,067 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 39 g protein.

Reviews for Layered Italian Casserole

Sort By :
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"Looking forward to trying this ~~ soon!"

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)."

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!"

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..."

Loading Image

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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