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This recipe was shared with me when I was just a newly wed. Over the years I've made minor changes, but all in all, it's a basic lasagna recipe that always goes over well.

  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 1/4 lb lean hamburger
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 - 19 oz can tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freeze dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon freeze dried basil
  • 2 cups cottage or ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 - 8 cups grated mozzarella cheese (or 4 cheese Italian Mix)
  1. Cook noodles according to package instructions. 
  2.  Brown meat in large frying pan, drain, add seasoning, tomatoes (while cooking, chop tomatoes into smaller pieces with spatula)) and tomato paste according to taste.
  3. Mix cottage or ricotta cheese with egg, Parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper.
  4. Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with noodles (3). Layer with 1/3 of the meat, cottage cheese and mozzarella. Repeat to make three layers. Cover lightly with aluminum foil and bake at 350° F - 45 min. (serves 8)
  5. For two people: Make 2 smaller casseroles, freeze one (before baking) and you’ll still have left overs to enjoy each time.


  1. Umm that looks so good. Homemade all the way. Great job.

  2. I haven't made lasagna in a long time...time to make it...yours looks yummy

  3. ooooo!!....I hope we're having this tonight!! mm!!

  4. What wonderful comfort food! Love it! The picture looks like I should be able to smell it!

  5. This looks so good. I have 4 birthdays coming up in Feb. and this is Mikki's favorite. Why not try a new version?

  6. This looks so very good Anneliese!

  7. Tried this last night with a few little changes using what I had in the cupboard. Delicious, another winner.

    Blessings Gail

  8. This looks wonderful Anneliese..I love lasagna and so does my family. There are so many ways to make it and I often add veggies in the meat sauce.

  9. We love lasagne - my recipe is similar to yours. However I use fresh lasagne sheets now instead of the dried. They only need to be cooked for a few minutes in boiling water and are so tender - I found them at Price Smart in their deli area. They are worth trying.

  10. You can never go wrong with lasagna. Add the bread and salad and you have a fabulous meal. A great addition to the blog. Kathy

  11. Sooo yummy! Maybe you could bring some lasagna noodles & ricotta cheese with you?!

  12. I made this recipe for our Family Valentine's Dinner this weekend! :)
    It was soooo good! Thanks!

    Question - I rarely make lasagna (like maybe 3 or 4 times in my 10 years of married life so far) - how long do you let the lasagna sit before cutting as to have it hold it's shape from the pan to the plate? Any tips?

  13. Jen, I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe! I probably let it sit for about 10 minutes before cutting it into serving pieces.
    Another tip . .. for anyone planning ahead and for families on the go . . . bake lasagna, cool completely in the fridge, then cut into serving pieces and freeze in single servings.

  14. I'm making this as we speak! It's in the oven right now...Looks so yummy!

  15. Got to try this! But I have 1 question first, do you use fresh or dried basil and oregano? Since you didn't specify, I'm assuming it's fresh?
    Thanks, and by the way, this is my first visit to your blog and certainly won't be the last! I've subscribed.
    I came here via "Dirt Under My Nails".

  16. Carolyn,
    Those measurements would be for dried basil, but you can certainly use fresh herbs. If you do, just use more.

  17. I made this tonight for dinner, I just added some brown sugar to the meat sauce and some veggies... so yummy. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Quick question: You just put the cheese on without making a sauce? Is the liquid in the meat sauce really enough? I'm soooo ready for that!

    1. No sauce. Just grated cheese. It melts. The meat sauce is a bit runny. Also, this recipe is for cooked noodles.. so you do not need liquid to cook them while baking. All the best!

  19. Looks yummy!my question is:are the herbs fresh or dried?Thanks.

    1. The herbs listed in the recipe are dried, but you can certainly use fresh. Just double the amount.


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