This is a recipe my Mother made often. The teenagers around my house inhale it. I usually saute the onion in a little butter before adding it to the dish and I microwave the spinach.

Gallery

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
Advertisement

Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

    Advertisement
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef until evenly brown; drain excess fat. Season with oregano, salt and pepper. Stir in tomato sauce and water. Remove from heat, and stir in cooked noodles.

  • In a medium bowl, combine spinach, cottage cheese, onion, and Parmesan cheese. Spread half of noodle mixture in a large casserole dish. Layer with all of spinach mixture, then cover with remaining noodle mixture.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Cover with mozzarella, and continue cooking 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

574 calories; protein 37.7g 75% DV; carbohydrates 17.2g 6% DV; fat 39.4g 61% DV; cholesterol 136.9mg 46% DV; sodium 1110mg 44% DV. Full Nutrition
Advertisement

Reviews (106)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2013
I am the originator and am thinking of using 1 pound of ground beef along with 1/2 pound of hot sausage next time. That is how I make my Lasagna and it is a huge hit. Read More
(57)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/10/2006
This was just ok for us...a lazy man's lasagna. The spinach was too overpowering and the dish itself was rather bland...thats after added some Italian spices and more garlic. I don't think this is something that we will make again. It was easy quick and inexpensive...just not for us. Thanks anyway for the post. Read More
(9)
140 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 56
  • 4 star values: 38
  • 3 star values: 30
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2013
I am the originator and am thinking of using 1 pound of ground beef along with 1/2 pound of hot sausage next time. That is how I make my Lasagna and it is a huge hit. Read More
(57)
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2006
Delicious! For those who had a problem with wateriness I make two suggestions. First the originator of the recipe posted a review in which she said she forgot to say that the meat mixture should be simmered for 15 minutes. Second make sure to thoroughly drain your cooked spinach. I put mine in several layers of paper towels and squeezed until no more liquid came out. I followed the suggestions of other reviewers and added more seasoning to the meat and I sauteed the onion and garlic with the meat as well. The result was a very flavorful dish that I'm sure I will make again. Read More
(34)
Rating: 4 stars
08/03/2003
This was a good recipe and very very easy to make. The only problem I had was after I put it in the oven I realized that the acutal directions don't say what to do with the 2 cloves of garlic. When it came out it did seem to be missing something so I'm assuming the garlic probably could have gone in the spinach mixture. I would also like to try substituting spaghetti for the tomato sauce and ricotta for the cottage cheese. I will definetly make this again though and tweak it a bit. It still came out yummy and it's definetly a way to spruce up plain old ground beef. It's leftover friendly too Thanks Sarah! Read More
(29)
Advertisement
Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2005
This turned out DELICIOUS. After reading the reviews I modified this recipe for our personal tastes. I tripled the garlic and halved the salt. I doubled all the rest of the spices the onion and the Parmesan cheese. To combat the dryness that people complained about I used a #2 can of no-salt added diced tomatoes for an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce and did not add any water. Subbed ground turkey for the beef and Provolone cheese for the Mozzarella. Did not pre-cook anything--just squeezed ALL the moisture out of the spinach and diced the onion very fine. While we couldn t specifically taste the cottage cheese all the flavors blended together so well that my hubby said that this was a GREAT light version of lasagna and that we should have it often. And we will since it is so very simple to make. Read More
(10)
Rating: 3 stars
06/09/2006
This was just ok for us...a lazy man's lasagna. The spinach was too overpowering and the dish itself was rather bland...thats after added some Italian spices and more garlic. I don't think this is something that we will make again. It was easy quick and inexpensive...just not for us. Thanks anyway for the post. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2006
I thought this was a wonderful and quick meal idea. I usually cook light so I used wheat pasta ground sirloin and all light chesses. The spinach put a wonderful twist on this recipe. My husband also loved it. I will be making this again real soon! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(8)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2005
We all loved it in our house the bowls were all but licked clean though am sure my 4yr old considered it. I did make some changes as I find that taste is very subjective and that where seasonings are concerned it is better to go with your own personal taste than a prescribed quantity...so I went nuts and added a bit more garlic a good sprinkling of Italian seasoning beef stock powder a grated carrot (it is all about sneaking in the vegies where the kids are concerned) and a tin of tomatoes. Everything else was unchanged....and it was just fantastic. I just polished off the leftovers for my lunch and it was even better. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2008
Yum is all I have to say. I have made this a few times for potlucks and there is never any left. I add oregano and garlic powder to my liking. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2011
Have made this multiple times and it's always a hit. Some changes I've made... saute the beef with garlic and onion use homemade tomato sauce instead of the canned tomato sauce and other ingredients in that step.(oregano salt pepper water). And I add a package of feta cheese. Also we mix everything together instead of layering. Read More
(7)
Advertisement