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Lazy Lasagna

This Lazy Lasagna looks and tastes like it took all day, but it only takes about 15 minutes of prep and 40 minutes in the oven!

Food is comforting. Especially food that we grew up with, am I right? Let me take you back for a moment, to one of the first recipes I EVER posted! I called it, “Poor Man's Lasagna” because, it was a cheaper and, somewhat, easier version of my mom's lasagna. Please, be gentle! I know the pictures are terrible (old, old camera phone) and I wasn't the blogger I am today back in 2012! Well, back to the present. I finally created an updated, quick ‘n' easy version that I call, “Lazy Lasagna“!

This Lazy Lasagna looks and tastes like it took all day, but it only takes about 15 minutes of prep and 40 minutes in the oven!

This Lazy Lasagna looks and tastes like it took all day, but it only takes about 15 minutes of prep and 40 minutes in the oven!

Here is what you need:

The ingredients for my Lazy Lasagna recipe!

Looking at the ingredients like this, may make it look more daunting or complicated than it really is. Trust me, I am all about minimal time and effort, when it comes to getting dinner on the table! I'll walk you through the steps and you'll see how quick ‘n' easy this recipe truly is!

Step 1: Sauce and Meat

All you need is 24 ounces of your favorite spaghetti sauce. I like to use this Hunt's Traditional, because it is nicely flavored without me having to cook it all day. However, you could also make you own! For the meat, I like to use pork sausage. Yes, like the breakfast sausage! It is perfectly flavored, not too spicy for delicate tongues or picky eaters, pretty lean and browns up pretty quick, with no additional seasoning necessary. (Feel free to use any meat you'd like or, no meat at all!)

Step 2: The Cheese Mix

I know a lot of people might scoff when they see the cottage cheese, but this is what I grew up on and, when I tried to switch to ricotta, my kids hated it! With that being said, a lot of people can't even tell there is cottage cheese in this, once it is baked! The cheese mix is simple. It is a couple cups of cottage cheese (small curd), 1 large egg and seasonings. Mix them all together in a bowl and VOILA! the cheese mix!

VOILA! the cheese mix for Lazy Lasagna!
VOILA! the cheese mix for Lazy Lasagna!

Step 3: It is all about the layers!

First, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees! Now, you are ready to layer your lazy lasagna. I like to use a 9×9 baking dish, but you could easily double the recipe and use a larger dish.

Start by coating the bottom of your baking dish with sauce. This will make sure your noodles don't burn and your lasagna doesn't stick to the bottom of your pan.

It is all about the layers.
It is all about the layers.

The next layer is uncooked noodles. Yup, you heard me! UNCOOKED! Minimal effort! Just a single layer. I like to break them to make them fit into the baking dish a little better.

Uncooked noodles?!

On top of the noodles, spoon and spread out half of your cheese mix, try to make sure you go out to the edge.

Cheese mix layer

Are you ready for this? Add more CHEESE! YES! I like to add 4 slices of American cheese. Why American cheese? Because it is one of the best melty cheeses and my kids love it! (Feel free to use whatever kind of cheese you prefer.)

More CHEESE!

The next layer I add is the meat! All of it! Yes, one delicious meaty layer!

Delicious meaty layer

After the meat, it is time for more sauce, more noodles, the rest of the cheese mix and, you guessed it, MORE CHEESE! I like to use provolone or mozzarella on this layer!

Even more CHEESE

Place one last layer of noodles on top of this cheese layer and then, cover the top with the remainder of my sauce. It never hurts to sprinkle a little Parmesan on for good measure!

Lazy Lasagna ready for the oven!

Slide it into the oven and bake it at 350 degree for about 40 minutes. When you pull it out, the top will be bubbly and golden! Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes while you throw together a simple salad or cut some fruit.

This Lazy Lasagna looks and tastes like it took all day, but it only takes about 15 minutes of prep and 40 minutes in the oven!

Bam! Dinner is on the table and everyone will think that you worked on it all day! Believe me, it tastes like you did!

This Lazy Lasagna looks and tastes like it took all day, but it only takes about 15 minutes of prep and 40 minutes in the oven!

This Lazy Lasagna recipe is easy to double, or even triple, and is a FANTASTIC freezer meal! Freezer Instructions: simply pull it out the morning you want to make it and then, bake it for about 40 minutes before dinner! Perfection!

This Lazy Lasagna looks and tastes like it took all day, but it only takes about 15 minutes of prep and 40 minutes in the oven!
This Lazy Lasagna looks and tastes like it took all day, but it only takes about 15 minutes of prep and 40 minutes in the oven!
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Lazy Lasagna

Keyword easy recipe, lasagna, lazy lasagna, quick recipe
Servings 6 People with Leftovers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pork sausage browned
  • 24 ounces spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups cottage cheese small curd
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/2 box lasagna noodles uncooked
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • grated Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Brown sausage

  3. Mix cottage cheese, egg and seasonings

  4. Assemble layers: sauce, noodle, cheese mix, cheese slices, meat, sauce, noodle, cheese mix, cheese slices, noodle, sauce, Parmesan.

  5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes.

    Rest for 5 minutes.

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14 Comments

  1. Sounds great. I’m sure my son would love this!
    The blog is looking great, by the way!
    I’m loving your new photos. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! That means A LOT coming from you!

  2. I love easy recipes like this. This would be great for Sunday dinner after church when no one wants to cook.

  3. Looks like a very yummy treat for your love ones. Let me try this at home on the next holiday.

  4. 5 stars
    I love making and eating lasagnas. This looks very easy one to make. I would definitely try it.

  5. 5 stars
    OH MY GOSH! Cottage cheese in a lasagna! That’s sacriligious! lol…kidding, I know lots who use it, I just don’t get it – raised in an Italian house 🙂 Looks good, I think the recipe is just fine, very little work involved!

  6. You had me hooked at: “requires minimal effort”. Word to my heart!

  7. 4 stars
    Lovely recipe..looks yumm even as a vegetarian. Could you tell me the vegetarian subtitute to the meat? Can I use tofu instead??

    1. You could definitely use tofu or tempeh. Even sauted eggplant would be delicious!

  8. Love the name of this. It looks so easy to follow and oh so delicious! Yum!

  9. Jennifer T says:

    Oh my goodness…when I was first married I asked my mom for her lasagna recipe and about halfway through writing all the ingredients and steps I stopped and wrote…have mom make it!! lol 😂 This is a recipe that I can handle!! Thank you

  10. You had me at quick and easy. I love this recipe and will certainly make it over the weekend.

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