Lazy Lasagna

Lazy Lasagna-19Lasagna is one of the most ultimate comfort dishes in America. However, whenever I think of lasagna, my mind immediately goes to all the work involved in making it. I know what it’s like to be busy, since I’ve been both a working mom and a work from home mom, so I know that most of us don’t have that much time in the week for extensive dinner prep. This version of Lasagna is the easiest one you will ever make, but is still just as satisfying. Lazy Lasagna is perfectly named, since it will take you no time at all to assemble. The best part about it is that it passed the ultimate test – the taste test. Both my husband and I actually liked it BETTER than the traditional lasagna.

It’s also very customizable. If you want it meatier, cheesier or saucier, I’ve included all kinds of notes in the recipe instructions so you can make it exactly how you like it. This would also be an awesome dish to include extra vegetables, since you can add some zucchini, bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms, or whatever else you might like to the sauce and it will taste awesome. Did I mention that you can freeze it? Yep. It’s an all around winning dish from many perspectives. 

Ingredients:

1 lb pasta (any medium size pasta shape, I used casarecce)
1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
3/4 -1 lb ground beef
1 large onion, minced
3-5 garlic cloves, minced
salt, ground black pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp dry herbs or Italian seasoning
1 Tablespoon fresh minced parsley and basil
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 lb grated mozzarella cheese
Cheese filling:
1 lb cottage or ricotta cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese
Salt, pepper
Garlic powder and/or grated nutmeg, optional

Instructions:

Lazy Lasagna-1-21Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a large pot of salted water on the stove to bring it to a boil for the pasta. Cook the pasta about 3 minutes less than the package instructions, so that the pasta is slightly undercooked. The pasta will continue cooking as it bakes in the oven, so you don’t want to cook it all the way at this point. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water.

Lazy Lasagna-8Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat the oil and brown the ground beef. It doesn’t have to be completely cooked through, since it will continue cooking in the next steps. I used 3/4 lb of meat,  but if you like a lot of meat in your lasagna, add a whole pound.

Lazy Lasagna-2Add the onion, garlic and season with salt and ground black pepper. Cook for about 8 minutes, on medium heat, until the onions are soft and starting to turn golden.

Lazy Lasagna-3 Lazy Lasagna-4Pour in the crushed tomatoes and the dry herbs. I have a seasoning mix that has tons of yummy herbs in it, and you can use any combination of dry herbs that you like. Italian seasoning is great in this. Anything that has oregano, parsley, basil, rosemary, etc. will work. Lazy Lasagna-5Mix everything together and continue cooking for another 8-10 minutes, covered, on medium low heat.

*NOTE: If you like lasagna to be very saucy, or you will be freezing the lasagna, add an extra small can of tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes.

Lazy Lasagna-6While the sauce is cooking, mix the cottage cheese (or you can use ricotta), eggs, Parmesan cheese and Mozzarella cheese. Season with 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of salt, ground black pepper. You can also add some garlic powder and/or grated nutmeg to add extra flavor to the cheese filling.

*NOTE: If you like a large layer of cheese filling, use an extra 1/2 lb of cottage cheese.

Lazy Lasagna-10Turn the heat off the sauce and add the heavy cream and fresh herbs. Lazy Lasagna-7
Pour the sauce into the cooked pasta and mix to combine. You can add the reserved pasta water to loosen it up, if it needs it.

Lazy Lasagna-9Pour half of the pasta mixture into a 13×9 inch rimmed baking dish. Lazy Lasagna-11Top with the cheese filling and even it out. Sprinkle 1/3 of the grated Mozzarella cheese on top of the cheese filling. Lazy Lasagna-13Pour the rest of the pasta mixture into the baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining Mozzarella cheese.

Lazy Lasagna-14Lazy Lasagna-15At this point, you can put the lasagna into the refrigerator or the freezer, if you’re making it in advance.

Cover with aluminum foil or a baking dish cover and bake in the preheated oven until bubbly around the edges. Lazy Lasagna-16The time will vary greatly depending on whether you are baking it right after assembling and the ingredients are still hot, in which case, it won’t take long at all, about 20 minutes or so. If you made the lasagna in advance and it’s cold, it will take longer to heat through, so you’ll need to bake it for at least 45-55 minutes. Uncover for the last 15 minutes to brown the cheese.Lazy Lasagna-18

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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 lb pasta (any medium size pasta shape, I used casarecce)
  • ½ Tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ -1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt, ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp dry herbs or Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh minced parsley and basil
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb grated mozzarella cheese
Cheese filling:
  • 1 lb cottage or ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup Mozzarella cheese
  • Salt, pepper
  • Garlic powder and/or grated nutmeg, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a large pot of salted water on the stove to bring it to a boil for the pasta. Cook the pasta about 3 minutes less than the package instructions, so that the pasta is slightly undercooked. The pasta will continue cooking as it bakes in the oven, so you don't want to cook it all the way at this point. Drain the pasta, reserving about ½ cup of pasta cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat the oil and brown the ground beef. It doesn't have to be completely cooked through, since it will continue cooking in the next steps. I used ¾ lb of meat, but if you like a lot of meat in your lasagna, add a whole pound.
  3. Add the onion, garlic and season with salt and ground black pepper. Cook for about 8 minutes, on medium heat, until the onions are soft and starting to turn golden.
  4. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and the dry herbs. I have a seasoning mix that has tons of yummy herbs in it, and you can use any combination of dry herbs that you like. Italian seasoning is great in this. Anything that has oregano, parsley, basil, rosemary, etc. will work. Mix everything together and continue cooking for another 8-10 minutes, covered, on medium low heat.
  5. *NOTE: If you like lasagna to be very saucy, or you will be freezing the lasagna, add an extra small can of tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes.
  6. While the sauce is cooking, mix the cottage cheese (or you can use ricotta), eggs, Parmesan cheese and Mozzarella cheese. Season with ¼-1/2 teaspoon of salt, ground black pepper. You can also add some garlic powder and/or grated nutmeg to add extra flavor to the cheese filling.
  7. *NOTE: If you like a large layer of cheese filling, use an extra ½ lb of cottage cheese.
  8. Turn of the heat off the sauce and add the heavy cream and fresh herbs. Pour the sauce into the cooked pasta and mix to combine. You can add the reserved pasta water to loosen it up, if it needs it.
  9. Pour half of the pasta mixture into a 13x9 inch rimmed baking dish. Top with the cheese filling and even it out. Sprinkle ⅓ of the grated Mozzarella cheese on top of the cheese filling. Pour the rest of the pasta mixture into the baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining Mozzarella cheese.
  10. At this point, you can put the lasagna into the refrigerator or the freezer, if you're making it in advance.
  11. Cover with aluminum foil or a baking dish cover and bake in the preheated oven until bubbly around the edges. The time will vary greatly depending on whether you are baking it right after assembling and the ingredients are still hot, in which case, it won't take long at all, about 20 minutes or so. If you made the lasagna in advance and it's cold, it will take longer to heat through, so you'll need to bake it for at least 45-55 minutes. Uncover for the last 15 minutes to brown the cheese.

14 Comments

  • Tzivia

    Omg wow lazy lasagna yummmm noodles and cheese totally salivating already wishing Passover wuda been earlier my mouth is watering right now lol olga love how u always come up with creative recipes and your desserts look soooo very yummy and tantalizing too keep it up gurl

  • Lena

    What temp is the oven supposed to be preheated to for this dish? I juse put mine in at 350°, hope that’s right:) smells good! Thank you very much for your detailed recipes!

  • Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com

    Lazy lasagna sounds dreamy! We love lasagna around here – anything with lots of melted cheese really! 🙂 Pinning!

  • Luba

    Olga! This looks PHENOMENAL!!! By the way, I saw your instagram posts of the sand before going to sleep last night, and then had an entire dream about you! Haha, we were walking and talking about recipes, etc. lol, pretty funny but really weird at the same time. Anyways, thanks for posting these wonderful recipes! Gotta try this one some time!

  • katie

    Looks yummy, but I am confused as to how this is any less work than a regular lasagna? The only difference I see is the type of noodles. .

    • olgak7

      I guess everyone measures time differently, Katie:). The type of lasagna I usually make takes more time, since I make multiple layers of sauce, pasta, sauce, ricotta filling, more pasta, sauce, ricotta filling, etc. Since in this version I mix the pasta and sauce together and only have one thick layer of ricotta/cottage cheese filling, it takes me less than half the time to assemble, which I appreciate.

  • Vitaliya

    I made this dish today for dinner and wow!!! I’m just amazed of how quick it is to put together and so delicious! Just like a regular lasagna but done in a much faster pace!!! I don’t know if I’ll be making the regular lasagna after I tried this version! Lol!! My family loves lasagna so this is definitely a hit! Thank you again and again for such easy yet delicious recipes! These are the kind of easy recipes that us mommies look out for especially the moms who work and have a family at home to feed! :)))

    • olgak7

      That’s awesome, Vitaliya! I’m so happy to hear that:). I agree with you; after making this version, I don’t think I’ll make regular lasagna very often, lol.

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