Preheat oven to 375F. Spray 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Cook noodles according to package directions.
Cook beef and onions in large skillet over medium-high heat until crumbled and no longer pink, about 5 minutes, while the noodles are cooking. Stir in puree, basil, garlic powder and oregano. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain noodles. Layer 1/2 each in prepared baking dish: meat sauce, cooked noodles, cottage cheese and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layering.
Bake, covered, 30 minutes. Remove cover and continue baking 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Allow to rest 5 minutes before cutting into 8 squares to serve.
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I was a little nervous to make this dish as there were no reviews to compare, but it is absolutely delicious. It reminds me of lasagna. But the layering directions make no sense since 1/2 of anything doesn't even cover the span of the 13x9 dish. I simply put all ingredients into the baking dish, mixed them together, and added the last cup of mozzarella on top. For your info., I calculated about 400 calories per slice (I used 7% beef and 2% milk cheese, and skim ricotta instead of cottage). NOT bad for a cheesy casserole! Will definitely make again.
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