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The Secret Ingredient to This Creamy Lasagna is Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese lasagna in a pan
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1h
Yields
6-8 servings

This trending lasagna features an unexpected ingredient for maximum creaminess: cottage cheese! To make this recipe weeknight friendly, use your favourite store bought marinara sauce when making the meat sauce. It’s a quick way to add maximum flavour!

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ingredients

Sauce

2
Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1
lb extra lean ground beef
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
2
cloves garlic, minced
2
tsp oregano
½
tsp red pepper chili flakes
1 26
oz jar marinara sauce

Cheese

3
cups small curd cottage cheese
2
large eggs
2
cups mozzarella cheese, plus more for topping
½
cup grated parmesan cheese
2
Tbsp finely chopped parsley
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Assembly

8
large (or 12 small) oven ready lasagna noodles
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directions

Notes

Make up to 48 hours in advance, refrigerate and bake when ready.

Ingredients for cottage cheese lasagna
Step 1

For the sauce, in a large skillet over medium heat add the olive oil and ground beef.

Step 2

Season with salt, pepper, garlic, oregano and chili flakes. Cook until the beef is browned and cooked throughout.

Step 3

Add the marinara sauce. Bring to a gentle simmer for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the flavours to mend. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to assemble.

Tomato sauce for cottage cheese lasagna
Step 4

For the cheese, in a large mixing bowl add the cottage cheese, eggs, mozzarella, parmesan and parsley. Stir until well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Cheese mixture for cottage cheese lasagna
Step 5

To assemble, preheat the oven to 375ºF. Add a spoonful of sauce to a 9 x 12-inch baking dish and begin with a layer of lasagna noodles.

Step 6

Top with ⅓ the cheese mixture, ¼ the sauce mixture and a layer of lasagna noodles. Repeat two times.

Step 7

Finish with a final layer of sauce and a generous sprinkle of mozzarella cheese.

Cottage cheese lasagna ready for the oven
Step 8

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the noodles are cooked throughout and the cheese is bubbly.

Cottage cheese lasagna, ready to serve
Step 9

Let set 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

A slice of cottage cheese lasagna on a plate

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