Yes, it's Italian night in our household. Actually....every night is seeing how our family is Italian! But I digress. *grin* There is no hiding the fact that we love our pasta dishes. Pasta is such a versatile ingredient that goes well with just about everything. So tonight we are having an old family favorite....Lasagna and cheesy garlic bread.
Mrs. M's Easy Lasagna
1 (16-oz) carton cottage cheese
1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese
2 (8-oz) pkgs. (4 c. total) grated Italian cheese (mozzarella, pizza blend, etc. choice is yours)
2 lbs. ground meat
2 Tblsp. minced garlic
1/2 an onion; diced
1 tsp. dried basil
salt & pepper to taste
1 (6-oz) can sliced mushrooms; drained
1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 (16-oz) pkg. lasagna noodles
Preheat oven to 350* Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain & set aside.
In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan and 2 cups of grated mozzarella (or other Italian style) cheese. Stir to mix well. Set aside.
In a medium skillet, combine meat, garlic, onion, basil, salt & pepper. Cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain grease.
Return meat to pan and stir in 1 small can tomato sauce, 1/2 a jar of spaghetti sauce and drained mushrooms. Stir well.
In a large shallow casserole dish, spoon enough of the remaining pasta sauce to lightly cover bottom of casserole.
Place cooked lasagna noodles in a single layer on top of the sauce.
Spoon 1/2 of the meat mixture over the noodles and spread evenly.
Next layer 1/2 of the cottage cheese mixture over meat sauce. Spread evenly.
Sprinkle with 1/3 of the 2nd bag of grated cheese. Repeat layers ending with lasagna noodles.
Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over the top of the lasagna noodles. Spread as evenly as possible.
Top with remaining grated cheese and spread evenly.
Place on a cookie or baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and lasagna is bubbly. Serve with garlic bread and a side salad for a tasty and filling dinner.
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