The Pioneer Woman’s Lasagna

My husband has many favorite foods, but one of his very favorites from his childhood is Stouffers Lasagna. Since I love to cook I wanted to make a homemade lasag (la-zag as we lovingly refer to it) that he would love as much or more than Stouffers. So who did I turn to? The Pioneer Woman of Course! This recipe is delicious. I did make a couple of my own changes. Her recipe is HERE.

Prep: about 15 minutes active and 45 minutes inactive

Cook: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 pound Hot Breakfast Sausage (note: it must say HOT breakfast sausage. This is not too spicy and it is what adds so much flavor)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cans (6 Ounce) Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Basil
  • 3 cups Lowfat Cottage Cheese
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 1 pound Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 package (10 Ounce) Lasagna Noodles (I bought the ready to cook kind…super easy)
  • *optional- add a layer of veggies (zucchini, squash, spinach)

Directions:

Brown the beef, breakfast sausage, and garlic in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add the tomatoes, stir. Add the tomato paste, parsley, and basil, and stir. Let sauce mixture simmer for about 45 minutes while you’re preparing the other ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350

In a bowl combine the cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan, and more parsley. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Layer Lasagna noodles across the bottom. Top with cottage cheese mixture and then with a layer of Mozzarella.  Next layer about half the meat mixture  over the mozzarella. Repeat all of the layers one more time. After your second meat layer, sprinkle the top of the lasagna with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy 🙂

*This is a great meal to make ahead and freeze before baking as well.

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