This quick recipe tastes just like lasagna, but you make it on the stove. It's very tasty and is always a hit with my family.

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5 mins
35 mins
40 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, water, tomato paste, parsley, oregano and salt; mix well. Stir in pasta; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring once.

  • Combine cheeses; drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto pasta mixture. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

568 calories; protein 32.2g; carbohydrates 32.3g; fat 34.3g; cholesterol 107.2mg; sodium 1312.5mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (61)

Rating: 5 stars
I doubled the recipe so we could have left overs. So yummy and easy to make. I will def make this again. I used ground turkey and low fat cottage cheese to make it healthier. So happy I found this recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I think this recipe would be good as-is, but I made a few modifications that turned out pretty good. First, I used italian sausage in place of the ground beef. We were out of tomato paste, so I used 1/4 cup of ketchup and omitted the salt. Also, I added 1 tsp. of basil and an extra 1/4 cup of water to the recipe because it ran out of water and was sticking. Definately a keeper! Reminds me of a GOOD version of Hamburger Helper because there's no chemical after taste. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very good and an easy alternative to lasagna. I use broken up lasagna noodles so it looks more like lasagne. **Also, it needed a little more water since it dried up at the end, so I'd add 1/2 cup more. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Was really good. I used ricotta cheese instead of the cottage cheese. I also sprinkled grated mozzarella cheese on top after serving. I did doctor it with extra spices and will probably use Italian sausage next time. But this recipe has definitely been added to the rotation. So much easier than regular lasagna. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
i added basil, upped the oregano, used low fat cottage cheese, spicy ital sausage instead of beef, and mixed in some fresh spinach right before the cottage cheese. i really liked that there were hardly any dishes to wash and it was quick. i served it w/ a salad out of a bag and frozen garlic bread for an easy i dont feel like cooking dinner. this is a great recipe to play around w/ and adjust to your liking. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Was very bland even though i added extra seasoning. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is a keeper!! To add more flavor I used 1 can of stewed tomatoes (instead of diced), 1/2 c. ketchup (instead of tomato paste), 1/2 Tbsp. thyme, 1/4 Tbsp. dill weed, and when frying hamburger add 2 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce, 1 Tbsp. Orrington Farms Beef Bullion, and 1/2 c. green onion. Used Riccotta cheese instead of cottage cheese. Very amazing; even though I changed it quite a bit. Posted a picture for all to see. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy, tasty, and cheap one-skillet meal. I doubled the garlic and all the seasonings, and added some dried basil as well. Seemed to be a bit bland without doing that. You could use the cans of tomatoes and tomato paste that are already seasoned with garlic, to give it more flavor. I also upped the nutrition by adding chopped bell peppers and zucchini. There are probably other vegetables that would work as well. The vegetables blend right in taste-wise, and give it more variety in texture. Great way to sneak vegetables into your kids' food! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I wanted to improvise and use what I had on hand plus make it a recipe and a half. I used 3/4 lb. of ground beef and added chopped carrots, fresh mushrooms and spinach to fill in the gaps. I added a little more tomato paste and water, worchestershire sauce, and used italian seasoning. I didn't have bow tie pasta (it's too big for my little one to eat without complications) so I used a cup of elbow macaroni. This reminds me of mixture of a dish my mom made as a kid and Hamburger Helper. I'm sure my family will love it. Super easy to make, took as much time as it would have making it from a box.....only healthier! Oh, and I used fat free cottage cheese for the topping. Read More