Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

NO cottage cheese! NO ricotta cheese! Mozzarella ONLY. Thanks to my aunt for finding this recipe. No one in the family is fond of cottage or ricotta cheese so this recipe is definitely a favorite! I prefer ground beef to Italian sausage. I also use shredded mozzarella cheese instead of sliced. And although the recipe calls for boiling water, I usually don't bother boiling it first. (I only have one pot! LOL!)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Fry garlic and onion in hot oil until soft.
  2. Add meat and cook until crumbly.
  3. Drain oil.
  4. Mix in salt, pepper, spices, tomato sauce, tomato paste and water.
  5. Simmer uncovered for 45 minutes.
  6. In a shallow 9x13 inch pyrex dish, put a thin layer of sauce.
  7. Layer in half the noodles, sauce and top with half the cheese.
  8. Repeat layers ending with mozzarella cheese.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  10. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
  11. Cut into squares.


Most Helpful

My son prefers no ricotta so I tried this recipe. Very easy to do. I did not cook pasta so I added another cup of water to the sauce and cooked a little longer. It is very tasty and not complicated at all. Will definitely do this one again.

sherrybaskin July 18, 2014

Very simple recipe. Taste like home made should. I tried the Italian seasoning first but I do prefer the oregano over the two. Didn't cook the pasta but added an additional cup of water before throwing it in the oven. Don't skimp on the cheese or you'll know it. Family loves it.

Jonesykj December 04, 2011

Best Ever!!!!! I made 2 of them for dinner and gave one of them to my neighbour ... He loved it ...10 stars in our book!!

sassysandy36 March 01, 2010

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