A few weeks ago I made up some sauce for lasagna, but things got busy, and before I knew it, I was putting the sauce in the freezer for a later date. So it was very convenient when it came time for dinner a few weeks later. My sauce was made, and for this easy recipe I just needed to mix up the cheese part and boil the noodles. I started by warming up the sauce I made a few weeks ago, if you want to make it even easier, the store bought spaghetti sauce would work as well. I would add some ground beef or turkey into the sauce. For the cheese part I mixed together shredded mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley flakes, one beaten egg, and cottage cheese. Now, my husband will eat lasagna but I feel like when he eats it he gags when he gets to the cottage cheese, I use this in place of ricotta cheese, which same story, he is not a fan. For his, I omitted the cottage cheese and just added a little milk to make it a little creamier. Put this aside while your noodles finish boiling.
Once your noodles are cooked lay them out on a cookie sheet with wax paper, not allowing them to touch. Pour some of the sauce down in a greased casserole dish. Spread the cheese mixture over each noodle. Starting at one end roll up and place seam side down in dish. Repeat with remaining noodles and finish by pouring the rest of the sauce over the rolled up noodles. Bake for 30 minutes and the last 15 minutes top with shredded cheese.
My end photo here looks a little messy, I never seem to be able to pull the first serving out neatly. Didn't matter, it still tasted great, and didn't feel as heavy as eating lasagna!
adapted from Life as a Lofthouse
Spaghetti Sauce (homemade) or one 24 oz. Jar
8-9 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions
Mix together the following;
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Warm up spaghetti sauce and begin cooking noodles. When noodles are finished cooking, drain and lay on wax paper. Pour sauce into baking dish, just enough to lightly cover the bottom of the dish.
Spread cheese mixture on each noodle and roll up, place in dish, repeat till finished and top with remaining spaghetti sauce.
Bake for 15 minutes, top with additional shredded mozzarella cheese and bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly.