A lasagna with some time-saving steps that is still yummy.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13-inch lasagna
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Crumble beef and garlic into a 2-quart microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on high until beef is no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Stir and drain beef. Add spaghetti sauce and water.

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  • Combine cottage cheese, eggs, and black pepper in another bowl.

  • Spread about 1/2 cup meat mixture in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Arrange half the lasagna noodles over sauce and spread with cottage cheese mixture. Top cottage cheese mixture with half the spinach, half the meat sauce, and half the mozzarella cheese; repeat each layer.

  • Cover baking dish with heavy-duty plastic wrap and heat in microwave on high for 8 minutes. Continue to heat in microwave on medium until noodles are tender and cheese is melted, 30 to 32 minutes, turning dish occasionally. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and allow lasagna to rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Cook's Note:

I cooked in the oven at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for an hour because my microwave was too small for a 13x9, and it worked good.

Nutrition Facts

282 calories; protein 20.3g 41% DV; carbohydrates 22.8g 7% DV; fat 12.1g 19% DV; cholesterol 56.9mg 19% DV; sodium 576.1mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2019
Only difference is that I have always used ricotta and we add mushrooms to the sauce along with the meat. Slice/grate your own mozzarella and parmesan -- the difference is amazing. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/30/2015
Flavor was good hard not to mess up on that with bottled sauce. The recipe doesn't specify the type (boil or no boil) noodles so I used boil type so not much time saved for me. However my family ate and liked it so we may have this one again. Read More
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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 3 stars
01/30/2015
Flavor was good hard not to mess up on that with bottled sauce. The recipe doesn't specify the type (boil or no boil) noodles so I used boil type so not much time saved for me. However my family ate and liked it so we may have this one again. Read More
(3)
Rating: 1 stars
07/11/2019
Real lasagna is made with Ricotta Cheese, not cottage cheese. Please call it something else, as it is an insult to the Italians. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
07/12/2019
Lasagna does not contain cottage cheese.....just an okie concoction! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2019
Easy and delicious. Definitely do not miss making lasagna with all the extra steps and ingredients!! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/24/2019
I've had better but then I've also had worse. It was ok. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
07/11/2019
Never make Lasagna with cottage cheese. Ricotta or don't make it at all!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/11/2019
Two fatal problems with this recipe: (1) bottled spaghetti sauce will never substitute for a home made recipe; (2) cooking chopped beef in a microwave is outrageous. For one thing you lose the caramelization that takes place when you saute' in a pan, hence a bland flavor in the end. Don't waste your time. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/07/2018
Instructions sound like more noodles are needed than called for in the ingredient list. It was ok taste-wise I'm used to more noodles meat and cheese though. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2019
Only difference is that I have always used ricotta and we add mushrooms to the sauce along with the meat. Slice/grate your own mozzarella and parmesan -- the difference is amazing. Read More