Lasagna Casserole - Fake Lasagna
A really simple casserole that my family loves. It tastes like lasagna but is half the work. It makes alot, so I usually divide it into 3 dishes and freeze two. A real kid-pleaser.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 20mins
- 1 lb ground beef, uncooked
- 1⁄4 cup onion, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 (16 ounce) package pasta shells, cooked
- 6 cups mozzarella cheese
- 24 ounces cottage cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄3 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 3 (28 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
- In a skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain. Sprinkle with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine pasta, 3 cups of mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and remaining pepper; stir gently. Pour into a greased 13x9x2-inch baking dish or shallow 3 quart baking dish.
- Top with beef mixture and spaghetti sauce (dish will be VERY full).
- Freeze. Cover tightly with foil. Seal additional cheese in package attached to pans.
- Thaw all day in refrigerator.
- Cover with new layer of foil and bake at 350ºF for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
- Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted ad bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
- Serves 6 to 8 in a 13x9x2-inch pan OR.
- Serves 4 in each 8x8-inch pan.
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Let me start out by saying that I made several changes due to a certain someone in my family not liking cheese, etc... ;-) It still turned out great! My changes: I used rigatoni, half the amount of all cheeses (and not even putting extra on top), used ground turkey and only used 2 jars of marinara sauce. With that said, I think this recipe is probably indestructible. I'm glad it made a big pan because I will have it for work lunches the next few days! Thank you!
lazyme, you are my new best friend! This recipe is the best of both worlds. Tastes just like the real thing and is so much easier to make. I have made this more times than I can count and it always comes out wonderful. Huge bonus that it makes 3 meals for my family. Everyone loves this and my 7 y/o gets so excited when I make it. I try to keep at least one in the freezer for someone who is under the weather, or for myself when I feel lazy. My oldest has added this to the list of recipes I am required to give to his future bride... when he finds her. Thanks for posting.