Lasagna can take so long to prepare, but everyone loves it and my kids love to help me assemble it. So one day, I decided to see if I could make an edible one in 10 minutes for less than $15. I caved and bought jarred pasta sauce. (The “365” Brand of organic pasta sauce from Whole Foods was delicious and low in sugar.) And I used the “no-boil” lasagna noodles that would probably get me arrested in Italy. But truly, it turned out to be an amazing weeknight meal. As for the 10 minute assembly, I had 7 seconds left on the clock when I put it in the oven!
2 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups grated mozzarella
15 oz cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
25 oz. jar tomato sauce
18 “No-Boil” lasagna noodles, 3” x 7”
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, 3 cups of the mozzarella cheese, the cottage cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Stir until well combined.
Assemble the lasagna: In the bottom of a 9”X13” baking pan, spread cup of the tomato sauce over the bottom. Use 6 lasagna noodles (or 3 if using larger noodles) to cover the bottom of the pan, allowing them to overlap a tad if you need. Spread of the cheese mixture over the noodles, then top with a third of the remaining tomato sauce. Add another layer of noodles and cover with the other of the cheese mixture. Pour another third of the sauce over the cheese. Top with the last 6 small noodles (or 3 large), then spread the remaining sauce over the top. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese over the top. Cover with aluminum foil. (You can refrigerate it for up to 8 hours if you’re not cooking it right away.)
Bake the lasagna covered for 40 minutes. Remove the foil, and continue to bake until it’s bubbly and the noodles have softened, about 10-20 minutes longer. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting.
Amanda Haas is a cookbook author, teacher, cooking video host, and the founder of One Family One Meal, a website that helps families menu plan, grocery shop, and cook on a budget. Find her on Twitter at @amandahaascooks or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/onefamilyonemeal.
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