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Cottage Cheese Lasagna

Cottage Cheese LasagnaCreamier cottage cheese takes the place of ricotta cheese, traditionally used in lasagna, with delicious results.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (16-ounce) whole tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano leaves
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound ground beef
8 ounces lasagna noodles
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup cottage cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat simmer whole tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, bay leaf, fennel, and basil.
  3. In a skillet sauté chopped onion and crushed garlic cloves in oil until golden. Add ground beef and cook until browned; drain. Add the tomato sauce mixture and simmer for 1 hour.
  4. Prepare lasagna noodles according to the package directions.
  5. In an 8-inch square dish start with a thin layer of sauce, then a layer of noodles, then cottage cheese. Divide sliced mozzarella cheese among the layers. Repeat the layers ending with the sauce. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes, or until lightly browned and bubbly.

Makes 8 servings.

Photograph submitted to compliments of Josh. (Thank you Josh!)