Mix in separate pot first the rest of sauce ingredients, then add to the meat mixture, cover, simmer/low boil, 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Cook noodles to tender, not full. Drain in cold water, blot dry and set aside.
Spread sauce, thin! layer.
Cover with 3 (or 4 if you’re using larger baking dish) noodles.
Spread w/ thicker layer of sauce.
Dot with spoonfuls of cottage cheese (half).
Sprinkle w/ parmesan cheese (half).
6 or so slices of mozzarella.
Then, the top layer has noodles, rest of sauce (should be a nice layer), and rest of mozzarella slices.
Let sit in fridge overnight (or if you need to, you can cook it now - reduce cooking time by about 10 minutes or so). Take out of fridge 30-60 minutes before cooking. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until golden hot and bubbly (make sure middle is hot!).