I don’t know what I compelled to put the word “lazy” in this recipe. Maybe because I was feeling lazy when I made this, and use the easiest and shortcut ingredients. Meaning, whatever I had at that time in m pantry. And of course! I put lots of garlic and cheese on it! We love garlic, onion, and we love cheese! I bought a block of “Dubliner” cheese at Costco, and did not know what to do with it. So, I tried it on the lasagna… OMG!!! I would never go back to just regular mozzarella for the dish.. it was delicious! and it melted beautifully o top of my lasagna.. so it was an added bonus of the goodness!
All I can say is.. we had some leftover, but it was totally swept clean the next day! Give it a try… these what went in to the deliciously lazy dish:
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1 jar (32 oz) spaghetti sauce- save about 1-2 cups for the bottom and top layers of lasagna
2 cups water
2 tablespoon dried oregano
3 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tub (16 oz) cottage cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs- beaten
9 lasagna noodles- cook al dente
1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese (I used “Dubliner” cheese from Cotsco- It’s delicious!)
1 package of frozen spinach, drain well
1 cup of mushroom, sliced
In a large skillet, stir fry garlic and onion until fragrant. Put in beef, and cook until brown. Drain. Mix in spaghetti sauce in the beef in a large saucepan, water, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour.
While sauce is simmering, mix cottage cheese, parmesan and beaten eggs until smooth. Set aside.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. I add oil, so the pasta would not stick together when you drain them.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place a cup of spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover sauce with 3 noodles. Layer with 1 cup spaghetti sauce, 3 lasagna noodles and half the cottage cheese mixture in the baking dish. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles, sauce and cheeses.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Let it stand for 5 minutes before serving.