This is my mom's special homemade lasagna recipe with made from scratch tomato sauce and delicious, cheesy filling. I have found none better anywhere. Serve with a leafy green salad and crusty garlic bread, if desired.

CRAIG
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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 oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add noodles and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside.

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  • Place pork and beef in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Stir in tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, parsley, garlic, oregano, onion, sugar, basil and salt. Simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • In a large bowl, combine cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.

  • In a 9x13 inch baking dish, place 2 layers of noodles on the bottom of dish; layer 1/2 of the cheese mixture, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese and 1/2 of the sauce; repeat layers.

  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes; let stand for 10 minutes before cutting; serve.

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Nutrition Facts

638 calories; 27.2 g total fat; 161 mg cholesterol; 2053 mg sodium. 54.1 g carbohydrates; 45.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2014
this was so good but not enough sauce. Used Ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese and doubled cheeses ricotta and mozz to make it more gooey. I adjusted according to prev reviews. replace sugar with 2 tsp ground carrot (thanks for the tip) - also replaced pork sausage with mild Italian sausage. I doubled everything but noodles and tripled onions/garlic/parsley/oregano. only used 4 eggs. For added flavor I a whole chopped green pepper. also added the garlic when meat was browning this seems to really release the flavor. Did not use any salt because all the cheeses are salty enough - this was a good move it turned out perfect. will make this many more times - thanks Craig!! PS - This sause is great on pizza too! This freezes really well too but whenever i freeze dishes with tomato sauce I find that i need to add just a little bit (small can) of sauce before cooking. just add to sides and it will work it's way down. the little extra can of sauce will help to moisten it up and bring back some of the tomato flavor which seems to go away when frozen. you can freeze whole or cook the lasagna cool cut into serving sizes and freeze individual serving:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/08/2004
I was sceptical using cottage cheese and sorry to say....it really does not belong in an italian dish. Fresh Ricotta cheese is really the best bet or from a super market is still better than cottage cheese. Ricotta cheese has a different flavor than cottage cheese. It is slightly sweeter and not salty like cottage cheese. With the sausage mozzerella and parmesean you don't need any more salt. One suggestion instead of sugar in the sauce add 1/4 of a finely chopped carrot to counter act any acidity from the tomato sauce. If you are looking for less fat they make ricotta in that form too. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 77
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2014
this was so good but not enough sauce. Used Ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese and doubled cheeses ricotta and mozz to make it more gooey. I adjusted according to prev reviews. replace sugar with 2 tsp ground carrot (thanks for the tip) - also replaced pork sausage with mild Italian sausage. I doubled everything but noodles and tripled onions/garlic/parsley/oregano. only used 4 eggs. For added flavor I a whole chopped green pepper. also added the garlic when meat was browning this seems to really release the flavor. Did not use any salt because all the cheeses are salty enough - this was a good move it turned out perfect. will make this many more times - thanks Craig!! PS - This sause is great on pizza too! This freezes really well too but whenever i freeze dishes with tomato sauce I find that i need to add just a little bit (small can) of sauce before cooking. just add to sides and it will work it's way down. the little extra can of sauce will help to moisten it up and bring back some of the tomato flavor which seems to go away when frozen. you can freeze whole or cook the lasagna cool cut into serving sizes and freeze individual serving:) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/08/2004
I was sceptical using cottage cheese and sorry to say....it really does not belong in an italian dish. Fresh Ricotta cheese is really the best bet or from a super market is still better than cottage cheese. Ricotta cheese has a different flavor than cottage cheese. It is slightly sweeter and not salty like cottage cheese. With the sausage mozzerella and parmesean you don't need any more salt. One suggestion instead of sugar in the sauce add 1/4 of a finely chopped carrot to counter act any acidity from the tomato sauce. If you are looking for less fat they make ricotta in that form too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2014
this was so good but not enough sauce. Used Ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese and doubled cheeses ricotta and mozz to make it more gooey. I adjusted according to prev reviews. replace sugar with 2 tsp ground carrot (thanks for the tip) - also replaced pork sausage with mild Italian sausage. I doubled everything but noodles and tripled onions/garlic/parsley/oregano. only used 4 eggs. For added flavor I a whole chopped green pepper. also added the garlic when meat was browning this seems to really release the flavor. Did not use any salt because all the cheeses are salty enough - this was a good move it turned out perfect. will make this many more times - thanks Craig!! PS - This sause is great on pizza too! This freezes really well too but whenever i freeze dishes with tomato sauce I find that i need to add just a little bit (small can) of sauce before cooking. just add to sides and it will work it's way down. the little extra can of sauce will help to moisten it up and bring back some of the tomato flavor which seems to go away when frozen. you can freeze whole or cook the lasagna cool cut into serving sizes and freeze individual serving:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2006
I made this for my family and it was great the best ziti recipe I have tried. 4 stars instead of 5 because this recipe really should be written that you need a layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan before the first layer of pasta or the first layer will be really dry. The cheese between layers will keep any sauce from getting to the pasta on the bottom. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2008
This is the best lasagna we have ever had! And my BFF is Italian! Lol! The only changes I made were to add a layer of the sauce to the bottom like another review recommended. Make it a BIG can of tomato sauce. And use a little bit more cottage cheese. It makes the sauce spread out better and makes it goes farther as you make layers! And enjoy! Thanks to whoever posted this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2005
This is very yummy. I did have a few problems though. First I thought it had too much of a tomatoey taste in the sauce so I added some carrot based on some of the other reviews but it still had that tomato taste so I added a few teaspoons of brown sugar. Second I wasn't sure about the parsely. It says 1 TBSP but I didn't know if only 1/2 tbsp was to go into the sauce and the other 1/2 was to go into the ricotta mixture. I ended up putting it all into the sauce and just put extra into the cheese sauce and it turned out fine. Third I doubled up on the sauce and used it all for the lasagna and wished I had left some over for extra sauce. I thought I would have plenty but I didn't and I had doubled this. 4th I used about the same amount of salt that the recipe called for and it tasted fine to me. Many people thought it was way too salty. Some changes I made were: I sauteed onion and garlic in olive oil before adding the ground beef. I only used ground beef. Then added extra garlic and onion to the tomato sauce because we love garlic. For the cheese sauce I used ricotta and shredded parmesan cheese. I think the grated parmesan might make it too salty. It was a time consuming recipe but very very good. I wish I had some sauce left over. It's very cheesy and I will make it again using my changes and possibly making sure that I have enough sauce left over. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2006
YUM! What a fantastic recipe. My picky husband even LOVED it. FYI...top it with mozerella cheese and bake 15 min. longer so it's not runny. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
I loved this recipe with a few changes. Based on previous reviews I made a little more sauce used 1/8 cup minced carrots instead of sugar and reduced the salt. I think cottage cheese is a wonderful replacement for the traditional ricotta and (to really freak out you traditionalists) I use swiss cheese instead of mozzarella- a trick I picked up from my mother-in-law. It gives a major flavor boost. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2006
This is a wonderful recipe! It is easy to make and everyone loves it. I have made it three times now and each time I used all ground beef instead of the pork. I also don't put double noodle layers I do it with three single noodle layers. It is the best! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/15/2007
I made this for Valentines day the nigt before. I substituted Ricotta for cottage cheese only used a couple dashes of salt in both the sauce and cheese mix and used one pound italian sausage instead of the beef/pork combo. Baked it for thirty minutes covered 5 uncovered then let it cool and put it in the fridge. The next day I came home from work put it in the oven for about thirty to forty five minutes at 275 (upped it half way to 350- Hubby was hungry) and served. They always say Lasagna's better the next day! Read More
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