Total Time
17hrs
Prep 15 hrs
Cook 2 hrs

Courtesy of Paul Deen. This recipe has received rave reviews.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. For the sauce:.
  2. Combine the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, onions, peppers, garlic, parsley, seasoning mixtures, sugar and bay leaves in a stockpot.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour. See Cook's Note*
  4. Crumble the ground beef in a saucepan.
  5. Cook until no pink remains then drain off the fat.
  6. Add the ground beef to the stockpot.
  7. Simmer for another 20 minutes.
  8. Remove bay leaves.
  9. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  10. Drain and set aside.
  11. *Cook's Note: If sauce is too thin, for your taste, you can thicken it up at this time by mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and a 1/4 of a cup of cold water. Bring sauce back to a boil. Stir in cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly.
  12. For the lasagna:.
  13. Place a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9 by 13 by 2-inch pan.
  14. Layer 1/3 of each; noodle; cottage cheese mixture, Gruyere, Swiss and Cheddar cheese. Pinch off small pieces of cream cheese and dot over the other cheeses.
  15. Add another layer of sauce.
  16. Repeat layering 2 to 3 times ending with sauce.
  17. At this point it may be covered and refrigerated (see note below) or bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and top with mozzarella and continue to bake for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  18. *Note: If lasagna has been refrigerated, bake for 40 minutes total.
  19. Once cooked, refrigerate overnight, and cut into 15 squares.
  20. Heat oil to 350º F.
  21. Dredge each square in flour then egg and then bread crumbs to coat.
  22. Fry for about 1 minute until golden brown.
  23. House Seasoning recipe:.
  24. 1 cup salt
  25. 1/4 cup black pepper
  26. 1/4 cup garlic powder.

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