Weekday Lasagna Recipe
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Weekday Lasagna Recipe

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This lasagna is my husband's favorite dish. I love it because it's low-fat and a real time-saver since you don't cook the noodles before baking. —Karen McCabe, Provo, Utah
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 envelope spaghetti sauce mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) fat-free cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 280 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 804mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, water, tomato paste and spaghetti sauce mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the egg, cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese. Spread 2 cups meat sauce in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with three noodles, half of the cottage cheese mixture and half of the remaining meat sauce. Repeat layers.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Uncover; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Weekday Lasagna in Light & Tasty December/January 2007, p22

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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LinaNguyen95 User ID: 8157964 216402
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"Fun to make, but more time-consuming than advertised.

I lacked spagetti sauce mix, and so i dumped in some spices (paprika, garlic powder, sea salt, basil, oregano) and some extra spagetti sauce that I had... not the best idea, since the sauce was of a thinner consistency than I would have liked. If you run into the same problem, I suggest that you replace the water with spagetti sauce instead.
The outcome was good, but I probably would search for another recipe to experiment with..."

bmlink627 User ID: 6613671 74655
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"This is a great, tasty and quick to prepare lasagna. I added a dash of crushed red pepper flakes to give a bit of zip to the sauce but other than that this, as my husband would say is a "rock solid meal". I will be preparing this in the near future!"

Grace1018 User ID: 7559734 147380
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"Good, fast and easy. I added green pepper. Next time, I will add spinach too."

s_pants User ID: 174050 161906
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

"Takes a couple of hours total, so not a quick weekday meal, but good regardless. Would make again and try with a whole-grain noodle....I wonder if it would get done without being pre-cooked."

slimfast User ID: 7762791 116512
Reviewed May. 30, 2014

"I didn't have the spaghetti sauce mix,so I substituted 1 3/4 jar spaghetti sauce in place of the water. As another reviewer suggested, I added garlic to the meat sauce and Italian seasoning to the cottage cheese. Next time I will use turkey instead of ground beef.It was time consuming, but I made It on a Friday nite, so it didn't matter. Next time I will make the sauce the night before. It was very good. Hubby really liked it,and hecan be really picky!!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 3017922 162042
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"very good, very moist, yummy! everyone loves!"

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 74654
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"Still a lengthy time cook for a weekday meal, but it satisfied the boys. I prefer traditional lasagna myself."

Lisamarie98 User ID: 7262406 167633
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"My first time making lasagna and it turned out great! Seemed like a lot of sauce but it turned out well and had good flavor. Next time i might try canned spaghetti sauce just for ease and comparison. I didn't really like making the sauce, kind of a hassle."

grniis2 User ID: 5615142 100438
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"This was a great and easy Lasagna. I loved not having to precook noodles. With all the sauce the noodles come out just right. Flavors were tasty without being too spicy. This will be one of my new favorites. Thanks for the recipe!"

pamdevone User ID: 3875916 146945
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"This was very good, fast and easy."

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