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Recipe of the Day: Lasagna for Busy Weeknights

Recipe of the Day: Lasagna for Busy Weeknights


A timeless comfort food that's a reminder of grandma's cooking

Courtesy of Happy Money Saver

Lasagna is a meal fit for any season, it's comforting, hearty and can be saved for leftovers. This recipe for easy homemade lasagna has all of the key components of grandma's cooking: it's made from scratch, generously seasoned and can feed the whole family.

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What sets this lasagna recipe apart from the rest is three different kinds of cheese in addition to supremely seasoned beef, which will give even the best Italian restaurants in the country some competition.

Layers of Mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese are spread between rows of lasagna pasta, which is cooked to al dente and cooled in cold water.

After assembling your dish, bake it for about 45 minutes, or until it's bubbly. If you don't finish all of it in one sitting, save it for later. After all, lasagna is one of the best comfort foods to make ahead and freeze for a weeknight.

Easy Homemade Lasagna

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
15 ounces spaghetti sauce
1 pint cottage cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons dried parsley
10 ounces lasagna pasta (cooked to al dente and cooled in cold water)
12 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese (about 1 ½ cups)

Directions

Combine ground beef, onion, salt and garlic powder. Cook under med-high until browned and tender. Drain and put back into skillet. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a separate bowl combine cottage cheese, parmesan cheese and dried parsley. Mix well.

Layer lasagna according to directions below, then cover and bake in 350 degrees oven for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly all over. Let stand 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Layering lasagna:

  • First add a small amount of spaghetti sauce mix to the bottom of your 9x13 pan

  • Layer a single row of noodles

  • Layer 1/3 sauce

  • Layer 1/3 Mozzarella Cheese

  • Layer 1/3 Cottage cheese mixture (dotting it all over)

  • Layer single row of noodles

  • Layer 1/3 sauce

  • Layer 1/3 Mozzarella Cheese

  • Layer 1/3 Cottage cheese mixture (dotting it all over)

  • Layer single row of noodles

  • Layer 1/3 sauce

  • Layer 1/3 Cottage cheese mixture (dotting it all over)

  • Layer 1/3 Mozzarella Cheese last so it bakes really nicely

Recipe courtesy of Karrie Truman, Happy Money Saver


Recipe Summary

  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can tomato puree
  • 3 (8-oz.) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup chopped green pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 (12-oz.) container 2% reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook ground turkey in skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until brown drain well on paper towels. Stir together turkey, tomato puree, and next 10 ingredients in a large saucepan cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together cottage cheese, spinach, and Parmesan.

Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup turkey mixture into baking dish. Top with 6 wonton wrappers in a single layer (slightly overlapping), 1 cup spinach mixture, and 1 1/2 cups turkey mixture. Repeat layers twice, beginning with wontons and ending with turkey mixture.

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven. Top with mozzarella cheese, and bake 5 minutes more.


Recipe Summary

  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can tomato puree
  • 3 (8-oz.) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup chopped green pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 (12-oz.) container 2% reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook ground turkey in skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until brown drain well on paper towels. Stir together turkey, tomato puree, and next 10 ingredients in a large saucepan cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together cottage cheese, spinach, and Parmesan.

Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup turkey mixture into baking dish. Top with 6 wonton wrappers in a single layer (slightly overlapping), 1 cup spinach mixture, and 1 1/2 cups turkey mixture. Repeat layers twice, beginning with wontons and ending with turkey mixture.

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven. Top with mozzarella cheese, and bake 5 minutes more.


Recipe Summary

  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can tomato puree
  • 3 (8-oz.) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup chopped green pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 (12-oz.) container 2% reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook ground turkey in skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until brown drain well on paper towels. Stir together turkey, tomato puree, and next 10 ingredients in a large saucepan cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together cottage cheese, spinach, and Parmesan.

Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup turkey mixture into baking dish. Top with 6 wonton wrappers in a single layer (slightly overlapping), 1 cup spinach mixture, and 1 1/2 cups turkey mixture. Repeat layers twice, beginning with wontons and ending with turkey mixture.

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven. Top with mozzarella cheese, and bake 5 minutes more.


Recipe Summary

  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can tomato puree
  • 3 (8-oz.) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup chopped green pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 (12-oz.) container 2% reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook ground turkey in skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until brown drain well on paper towels. Stir together turkey, tomato puree, and next 10 ingredients in a large saucepan cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together cottage cheese, spinach, and Parmesan.

Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup turkey mixture into baking dish. Top with 6 wonton wrappers in a single layer (slightly overlapping), 1 cup spinach mixture, and 1 1/2 cups turkey mixture. Repeat layers twice, beginning with wontons and ending with turkey mixture.

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven. Top with mozzarella cheese, and bake 5 minutes more.


Recipe Summary

  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can tomato puree
  • 3 (8-oz.) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup chopped green pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 (12-oz.) container 2% reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook ground turkey in skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until brown drain well on paper towels. Stir together turkey, tomato puree, and next 10 ingredients in a large saucepan cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together cottage cheese, spinach, and Parmesan.

Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup turkey mixture into baking dish. Top with 6 wonton wrappers in a single layer (slightly overlapping), 1 cup spinach mixture, and 1 1/2 cups turkey mixture. Repeat layers twice, beginning with wontons and ending with turkey mixture.

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven. Top with mozzarella cheese, and bake 5 minutes more.


Recipe Summary

  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can tomato puree
  • 3 (8-oz.) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup chopped green pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 (12-oz.) container 2% reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook ground turkey in skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until brown drain well on paper towels. Stir together turkey, tomato puree, and next 10 ingredients in a large saucepan cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together cottage cheese, spinach, and Parmesan.

Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup turkey mixture into baking dish. Top with 6 wonton wrappers in a single layer (slightly overlapping), 1 cup spinach mixture, and 1 1/2 cups turkey mixture. Repeat layers twice, beginning with wontons and ending with turkey mixture.

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven. Top with mozzarella cheese, and bake 5 minutes more.


Recipe Summary

  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can tomato puree
  • 3 (8-oz.) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup chopped green pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 (12-oz.) container 2% reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook ground turkey in skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until brown drain well on paper towels. Stir together turkey, tomato puree, and next 10 ingredients in a large saucepan cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together cottage cheese, spinach, and Parmesan.

Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup turkey mixture into baking dish. Top with 6 wonton wrappers in a single layer (slightly overlapping), 1 cup spinach mixture, and 1 1/2 cups turkey mixture. Repeat layers twice, beginning with wontons and ending with turkey mixture.

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven. Top with mozzarella cheese, and bake 5 minutes more.


Recipe Summary

  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can tomato puree
  • 3 (8-oz.) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup chopped green pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 (12-oz.) container 2% reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook ground turkey in skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until brown drain well on paper towels. Stir together turkey, tomato puree, and next 10 ingredients in a large saucepan cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together cottage cheese, spinach, and Parmesan.

Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup turkey mixture into baking dish. Top with 6 wonton wrappers in a single layer (slightly overlapping), 1 cup spinach mixture, and 1 1/2 cups turkey mixture. Repeat layers twice, beginning with wontons and ending with turkey mixture.

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven. Top with mozzarella cheese, and bake 5 minutes more.


Recipe Summary

  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can tomato puree
  • 3 (8-oz.) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup chopped green pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 (12-oz.) container 2% reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook ground turkey in skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until brown drain well on paper towels. Stir together turkey, tomato puree, and next 10 ingredients in a large saucepan cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together cottage cheese, spinach, and Parmesan.

Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup turkey mixture into baking dish. Top with 6 wonton wrappers in a single layer (slightly overlapping), 1 cup spinach mixture, and 1 1/2 cups turkey mixture. Repeat layers twice, beginning with wontons and ending with turkey mixture.

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven. Top with mozzarella cheese, and bake 5 minutes more.


Recipe Summary

  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can tomato puree
  • 3 (8-oz.) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup chopped green pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 (12-oz.) container 2% reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook ground turkey in skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until brown drain well on paper towels. Stir together turkey, tomato puree, and next 10 ingredients in a large saucepan cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together cottage cheese, spinach, and Parmesan.

Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup turkey mixture into baking dish. Top with 6 wonton wrappers in a single layer (slightly overlapping), 1 cup spinach mixture, and 1 1/2 cups turkey mixture. Repeat layers twice, beginning with wontons and ending with turkey mixture.

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven. Top with mozzarella cheese, and bake 5 minutes more.