Shortcut Lasagna

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

1
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13-inch lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 (12 ounce) container cottage cheese

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 8 lasagna noodles

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

282 Calories
12g Fat
23g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 282
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 576mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 255mg 20%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 435mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.