This is based on a recipe that I received from my aunt at my bridal shower about 6 years ago. I finally used it this last year and modified it to make it a quicker meal. Hey, a working wife has to survive somehow! This is a quick, and EASY, alternative to lasagna when you don't have much time, it's great for a weeknight meal! Serve with side salad and garlic bread and you have a quick and yummy meal!

jbabb

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 2.5 quart baking dish.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender, and drain.

  • Cook and stir the Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the fat from the meat, pour the cooked pasta and spaghetti sauce into the skillet, and stir well to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil.

  • Pour half of the hot pasta-sausage mixture into the prepared baking dish, spread with the cottage cheese in an even layer, and sprinkle with half the mozzarella cheese. Spread the remaining pasta mixture over the cheese, and top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.

  • Cover and bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, until the casserole is hot and the cheese is melted and bubbling. Let it stand 5 minutes to firm up before serving.

Nutrition Facts

386 calories; protein 22.1g 44% DV; carbohydrates 29.6g 10% DV; fat 19.3g 30% DV; cholesterol 46.4mg 16% DV; sodium 1134.6mg 45% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2009
I made this and it was really good. I ended up adding an 8 oz can of tomato sauce as it really didn't coat the penne pasta enuf... I also, made it in a 9x13 dish and it was all the way to the top before I added the cheese...I let it bake, then added the cheese to melt...I used more than an 8 oz package...I made this and shared with our neighbor whose birthday was yesterday...She is a real picky eater and she liked it... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/27/2011
Was ok. Maybe next time I'll add garlic to the skillet before cooking the meat. Once it was done it missed the garlic flavoring per my husband. Quick and easy dish though. Served with salad and toasted bread with butter. Read More
(4)
99 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 56
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2009
I made this and it was really good. I ended up adding an 8 oz can of tomato sauce as it really didn't coat the penne pasta enuf... I also, made it in a 9x13 dish and it was all the way to the top before I added the cheese...I let it bake, then added the cheese to melt...I used more than an 8 oz package...I made this and shared with our neighbor whose birthday was yesterday...She is a real picky eater and she liked it... Read More
(43)
Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2009
Very simple to assemble - got positive comments from the crew. Only change was to go 1/2 Italian sausage meat, 1/2 ground beef. Read More
(36)
Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2011
Very good. This made a ton. I used broken lasagna noodles instead of penne and a bit more sauce but I was using a full pound of noodles. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2009
I've been making something like this for a long time only we called it Jill's Mom's Lasagna and used broken lasagna noodles. This took me fifteen minutes to throw together from start to finish. I did make one change and use my own homemade spaghetti sauce which had both sausage and ground beef in it. I made no other changes. This worked out great for me because it used up half a batch of spaghetti sauce and penne pasta that I had sitting around. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2010
Very good! I had a craving for lasagna but wanted something quicker. This fit the bill. Kids loved it. I used one box of penne pasta and a jar and a half of pasta sauce. Made great leftovers and it was very easy to make! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2009
I gave this five stars for it being easy to prepare on a busy night nice flavor and everyone in the family liking it. Thanks for the quick and yummy weeknight meal! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2011
This is a great weeknight recipe and we usually have leftovers for another meal or lunches. I use riccota cheese and mix in some parmesan and 1 egg for the cheese filling. It doesn't take much more time to mix that up and it gives it a more authentic lasagna flavor. Sometimes I use sliced cooked sweet Italian sausage and layer it in rather than cooking the sausage in the sauce. I actually prefer this to real lasagna, just as good for half the work! Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2011
I'm rating this based on my husband's opinion...I would have given it a 3 but I think it's because I don't like Italian sausage that much! So, he said it was great with the sausage. I'd make it with hamburger for myself. Simple and fast, so points for that! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2009
This was very good and easy. Husband and 3 children loved it! No leftovers by bedtime. Read More
(8)
Rating: 3 stars
11/27/2011
Was ok. Maybe next time I'll add garlic to the skillet before cooking the meat. Once it was done it missed the garlic flavoring per my husband. Quick and easy dish though. Served with salad and toasted bread with butter. Read More
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