Cheesy Layered Ground Beef and Pasta Casserole

READY IN: 55mins




  • Set oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a large lasagna dish.
  • Cook the pasta until only firm-tender; drain (it does not have to measure exactly 4 cups cooked, careful not to overcook the pasta as it will cook more in the oven) drain and transfer to a bowl, toss with a couple tablespoons oil to prevent sticking; set aside.
  • In a skillet, cook ground beef, onion, jalapenos (if using) mushrooms and minced garlic until meat is brown and cooked stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, tomato sauce salt and pepper, stir until heated through (you can the sauce for up to 45 minutes on low heat).
  • Spread 1/2 meat sauce on bottom of pan.
  • Spread 1/2 noodles on top of sauce.
  • Top noodles with 1 cup mozza cheese.
  • Mix 1 cup cottage cheese with 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Spread over mozzeralla cheese.
  • Top with remaining tomato sauce, noodles,and remaining mozza cheese.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake, covered for 20 mins, uncover casserole (at this point you can sprinkle with grated mozzeralla or cheddar cheese if desired).
  • Return to oven to bake for another 10-15 mins, or until bubbly.