Lasagna from the kitchen of Bernie Knight

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

This has been a favorite with my family for years even after my mom passed away it has been the one dish that is still asked to be made on special occasions such as birthdays etc.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown ground beef, onions and garlic.
  2. Don’t drain.
  3. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, basil, oregano,& sugar.
  4. Simmer covered for 1 hour.
  5. Add browned sausage and butter last 15 minutes of simmer.
  6. Cook Lasagna noodles per package directions.
  7. Drain& rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
  8. Set noodles aside to cool.
  9. Blend ½ of mozzarella, Parmesan and parsley with cottage cheese.
  10. Build lasagna.
  11. Place ½ cup of sauce (not too many chunks) into bottom of 9”x 13” baking dish.
  12. Place layer of 3 lasagna noodles on sauce.
  13. Spread ½ of cheese mixture and meat sauce on the layer of noodles.
  14. Repeat with one more layer.
  15. Reserve 2/3 cup of the meat sauce for the top.
  16. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella on top.
  17. Spray a piece of aluminum foil with some Pam and cover the dish.
  18. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  19. Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes until lightly brown.
  20. Remove from oven and allow to set for at least 20 minutes before cutting.


Most Helpful

This turned out great except for my little substitution (noboil noodles). The sauce was awesome! I've not been happy with sauces I've made from scratch but this one was great. I liked that it wasn't swimming in sauce and came out nice and firmly layered. I think that is why the no boil noodles didn't work, there wasn't enough moisture to cook them properly. I'll make this next time with traditional pasta. I did use ricotta since I don't like the texture of cottage cheese in lasagna and it worked out great. I'll double the sauce next time to freeze for other uses. Thank you for such a great recipe!

dmac085 November 05, 2006

Lasagna PERFECTION…. really! My family had this for dinner last night & lunch today. They ate every single bite! (lol) I used 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes b/c I wasn't exactly sure what type of tomatoes to use. The sauce was thick, flavorful and easy to layer into the dish. I also used low fat cottage cheese and mixed in a 1 tbsp milk to make it spread easier. This was the easiest and best tasting lasagna I have ever made. My husband is from Philly and ultra picky about Italian food but even he couldn't fault this incredible dish. This also has fewer calories than many of the other lasagna recipes which is a real plus. A must try for everyone! Thanks for sharing!

Petite Mommy August 07, 2006

We all really enjoyed this Lasagna very much, it tasted wonderful and looked great!Thanks so much for posting a great recipe muffy....

Sheri-BDB June 18, 2006

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