Beef Cookbook Main Dishes

Light and Lazy Lasagna

12 lasagna noodles
2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

1 – 15 oz. carton non-fat ricotta cheese
1 C. non-fat cottage cheese
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
2 T. fresh parsley, finely chopped, or 2 tsp. dried

8 oz. 95% lean ground beef
2 – 1 lb. cans unsalted tomato sauce
1 – 1 lb. can unsalted tomatoes, crushed
2 T. tomato paste
2 C. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. crushed fresh garlic
2 1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

To make the sauce, place the ground meat in a 4-quart pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring to crumble, until the meat is no longer pink. Drain fat. Add all of the remaining sauce ingredients to the browned meat, increase the heat to high and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 25 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Set aside.

To make the filling, combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir to mix well. Set aside.

To assemble the lasagna, coat a 9×13″ pan with cooking spray. Spoon 1 cup of the sauce over the bottom of the pan. Lay 4 of the uncooked noodles over the bottom of the pan, arranging 3 of the noodles lengthwise and 1 of the noodles crosswise. Allow a little space between the noodles for expansion. Top the noodles with half of the filling mixture, 3/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese, and 1 1/2 cups of the sauce. Repeat the noodles, filling, mozzarella cheese and sauce layers.

Finally, top with the remaining noodles, sauce, Parmesan and mozzarella. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake at 350º for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes, or until the edges are bubbly and the top is browned. Remove the dish from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

Yields 10 servings.

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