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Recipe: Ten Minute Lasagna

Recipe: Ten Minute Lasagna

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!

Ingredients

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”

Preparation

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.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, POPSUGAR.

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kylielangerak kylielangerak 3 years
hi yes i have made version of this for years now , i use penne pasta or spiral depending whats in the pantry ,its also so much easy for the littlies to eat it :-)
JodiOverby JodiOverby 4 years
I love your sense of humor!! Yes, it would probably get u arrested in Italy however, and thank the goodness, you are NOT in Italy. LMBO
HolidayWilson HolidayWilson 4 years
After reading the comments bellow I just wanted to say, What a great idea for a quick meal after work. This recipe looks easy enough for all the non-cooks out there. I love that it cost under 15$, well done!
AmandanKel AmandanKel 4 years
It's got about as much nutrition as the average chips and dip. How do you manage to feed your kids (and parents!) 5 serves of vegies a day if this counts as a meal?
cherylsutton93298 cherylsutton93298 4 years
It does sound really tasty, and Ive made a version like this before, but im not sure its a reasonable recipe for a "busy" weeknight, being as it takes 40 min just to cook, not to mention the preparation
MelindaLoh MelindaLoh 4 years
you need to bake lesser time when you soak the lasagna noodles in advance.
Florence89406 Florence89406 4 years
Way to much chesse. I would add some meat or something.
ChristineMorelli ChristineMorelli 4 years
Good basic, FAST recipe! Thanks for posting for us busy Moms, Amanda! 3 snaps to Vicki's post! Italians DO use no-boil lasagne, and VERY FEW make their own pasta since fresh pasta is sold in the refrigerated section of ALL supermarkets (big and small) and readily found in speciality pasta shops in EVERY town (big and small)! ;o) I was taught to use bechamel instead of ricotta/cottage, but willing to try anything that's fast and the kiddo's will eat!
StephanieCollier75497 StephanieCollier75497 4 years
a calorie count? one said this is fattening.... O geez, if the little ones will eat it (and not the whole pan), who cares!? This looks yummy, and I will try it. Please keep your negative attitudes to a minimum, as life is too short :)
mariaangeleschacon mariaangeleschacon 4 years
Amanda, thank you for your recipe. It looks like a yummy lasagna recipe that kids will enjoy, and a busy mother would appreciate making. Some of the responses you got are very rude and negative. Some people fail to notice that this is a 10 minute lasagna, not an Italian style lasagna. If i wanted an Italian style lasagna, I would look into the Food Network, (it is very easy to register online,) where they have wonderful recipes for many types of food, and you can view the recipes shown on the Food Network every day. It also has "my recipe box", where I store my chosen recipes, without having to buy the whole cookbook. I will try your lasagna one of these days, even though my kids are grown, the ingredients are easy to obtain, and I know that my grandchildren will enjoy it, as they are picky eaters. I would prefer to serve this lasagna rather than the fake Italian spaghetti and ravioli that comes in cans. Who cares? It is all about busy moms making something good, quick and easy that their kids will enjoy. You got my vote.
TonyaSummers TonyaSummers 4 years
OMFG as an Italian I'm disgusted!!! Cottage Cheese!? You use Ricotta people!! Ugh!
CherylAvery67386 CherylAvery67386 4 years
sounds interesting love all lasagne whether meat or vegetarian
TracyWoodman TracyWoodman 4 years
You don't have to spend money on the no-boil lasagna noodles. I make mine from scratch, buy any lasagna noodles I decide I want for the day (sometimes name brand, sometime generic). I do not cook my noodles ahead of time, When I put a fork in the lasagna and it goes straight through, it's done.
CourtneyRussell CourtneyRussell 4 years
Another quick one that my little one loves, instead of doing all the separate pieces... i get cheese ravioli (usu frozen), boil it for 5 minutes. Cover pan with sauce, layer of ravioli, sauce, mozzarella, ravioli, sauce, mozz. Bake for 15-20 minutes, just to get the sauce boiling, since the pasta is already cooked. It's quick and easy, and in convenient little servings so I can dish it out easily for my not-quite-3-yr-old.
NatashaDewald NatashaDewald 4 years
This is very similar to what I make already. However, I use my homemade sauce, which I make in big batches an freeze. It's a great basic recipe, and you can customize it however you want. I am interested in seeing what other recipes she has to offer, as my time is going to be short for the next few weeks after I have my baby. Simple and easy are what I am looking for,and this one fits the bill.
TeresaHarrisonUrquhart TeresaHarrisonUrquhart 4 years
Lasagne ? it dosen t sound like any lasagne I ve eaten think I ll give this one a miss
StephanieOtte64134 StephanieOtte64134 4 years
Awesome! I have to try this. I do not like Cottage cheese in my lasagna, but as others have said, I will just substitute the ricotta for it. Thanks!
MaryWise71728 MaryWise71728 4 years
Um... the only thing I have an issue with is... cottage cheese? Don't you mean ricotta cheese?? I hope, I hope... please use ricotta... Oh, and Rozzano jarred sauce is the best... no powdered ingredients... tastes just like home made... seriously... get it from BJ's... everything else, I can live with... I'm %100 Italian... 1st generation, BTW... ;-)
MaryAndreaMaldonado MaryAndreaMaldonado 4 years
Can I get a recipe for regular lasagna that takes forever to make? I don't like the idea of cottage cheese :p yuck
DonnaThiessen DonnaThiessen 4 years
Nothing wrong with this recipe. Anything that kids will make is a good recipe as long as it's healthy.
CoMMember13631148234827 CoMMember13631148234827 4 years
im sure everyone would like this yummy recipe,,,
MargaretSpoddig MargaretSpoddig 4 years
what the heck is no boil lasagna?
AnisaAhmad AnisaAhmad 4 years
thanks, i know my girls will love it.
KimCummins KimCummins 4 years
love when someone makes the effort to make my life a little easier! Thanks! Oh, and I agree wholeheartedly with Sandy and Vicki!!!
LuAnnCummings LuAnnCummings 4 years
dinner tomorrow
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