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Quick Lasagna
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Quick Lasagna
Makes: 9 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
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Prep time: 10 minutesCooking time: 45 minutesTotal time: 55 minutes


1 pound
lean ground beef (15% fat)
large onion, chopped
1 clove
garlic, minced, or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups
spaghetti sauce
4 Tablespoons
fresh parsley, or 4 teaspoons dried
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon
1 pint
(2 cups) low-fat cottage cheese
2⁄3 cup
shredded mozzarella cheese
uncooked lasagna noodles
1⁄3 cup
grated parmesan cheese


  1. In a 10-inch skillet or large saucepan, cook ground beef over medium-high heat (350 degrees in an electric skillet) until it is no longer pink.
  2. Drain the fat. Add the onion and cook until it is soft.
  3. Add garlic, 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce, and herbs. Stir. Spread evenly in the skillet.
  4. Reduce heat to low (200 degrees in an electric skillet), spread cottage cheese over mixture, and sprinkle with half of the mozzarella. Top with 4 noodles, breaking remaining 2 to fill in open spaces.
  5. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce evenly over the top of noodles; gently press noodles down to moisten.
  6. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes until noodles are tender. Top with remaining cheeses, cover, and simmer 2 more minutes or until cheeses are melted.
  7. Let stand, covered, 5-10 minutes before serving.
  8. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Use Food Hero Quick Tomato Pasta Sauce for the spaghetti sauce.
  • Try whole-grain pasta for more fiber.
  • Try ground turkey or 2 cups of beans in place of the beef.
  • To drain ground beef: pour beef fat into a metal can (it won't melt from the heat of the fat) or let it cool slightly and pour it over papers in the garbage can. Pouring beef fat down the sink can cause clogging.
Serving Size: 
1 cup
Nutritional Label: 
Nutrition Facts for Quick Lasagna
  • fruit
  • whole wheat garlic bread
  • a glass of low-fat milk
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  • Use a can opener
  • Spoon sauce into lasagna
  • Grate cheese
  • Sprinkle cheese

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