Everyone's Favorite Lasagna

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READY IN: 3hrs 20mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat the olive oil in a large wide saucepan; add the ground beef, onion and garlic.
  • Sauté, stirring, over medium meat until the meat is browned.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and sauce, basil and oregano.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat until sauce is cooked down and thickened, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  • There should be about 4 cups of sauce.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook the lasagna noodles in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente, about 12 minutes; drain.
  • Place noodles in a bowl of cool water until ready to use.
  • Beat the cottage cheese, Parmesan and egg together; set aside.
  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of sauce to bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  • Lift the noodles from the water individually and blot dry on paper towels.
  • Arrange a slightly overlapping layer of 5 noodles on the bottom of the dish.
  • Cover the noodles with half the ricotta mix; add about 1/3 of the sauce and 1/3 of the mozzarella.
  • Arrange a second layer of 5 noodles.
  • Add the remaining ricotta, half of the remaining sauce and half of the remaining mozzarella.
  • Top with the remaining 5 noodles, the remaining sauce and the last of the mozzarella.
  • Bake until the cheese is melted and the mixture is bubbly, about 50 minutes.
  • Let stand at least 15 minutes before serving.
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