Forty Days Til’ Forty, Day 34: Lazy Day Lasagna Makes An Ordinary Day Seem Special

This recipe tastes like you went a little out of your way to make a great meal without actually fussing in the kitchen for long. A friend passed it on to me at a time when I needed to keep things easy, and it’s remained a favorite go-to for a couple years.


12 oz cottage cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella

2 eggs

1/2 cup fresh parsley

32 oz jar pasta sauce

3/4 lb. ground beef

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon basil

2/9 teaspoon pepper

9 lasagna noodles, uncooked

parmesan cheese


  1. Mix together the cottage cheese, mozzarella, eggs, parsley, onion powder, basil and pepper
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together ground beef and pasta sauce
  3. Spread 3/4 cup sauce on bottom of 13″ x 9″ pan
  4. Layer 3 noodles and spread 1/2 cheese mixture on noodles then 1/ 1/2 cups meat sauce mixture; repeat another layer with noodles, cheese mixture and sauce and top with remaining 3 noodles
  5. Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese; pour 1/3 cup water around edge
  6. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 4 minutes; Uncover and bake 10 minutes more

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