Lasagna typically takes longer to put together than it does to cook. Precooked noodles and prepackaged convenience products, however, make this a zip to prepare.
1 pound ground round
1 (26-ounce) jar low-fat spaghetti sauce
1 (16-ounce) carton fat-free cottage cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 (8-ounce) package precooked lasagna noodles
1 cup (4 ounces) preshredded reduced-fat mild cheddar cheese
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Cook meat in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain well, and return meat to pan. Add sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Combine cottage and Parmesan cheeses in a bowl; set aside.
Spread 1/2 cup meat mixture in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 4 noodles over meat mixture; top with half of cottage cheese mixture, 1 cup meat mixture, and 1/3 cup cheddar cheese. Repeat layers, ending with noodles. Spread remaining meat mixture over noodles. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, and bake 5 more minutes or until cheese melts. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
For a low fat, quick version of Lasagna, it was very good as long as you make some easy modifications. I served a Light Ceasar Salad (from a bagged salad kit) and garlic bread with it. The dish definitely needs more sauce and I also feel it could use more meat and cottage cheese mixture. I would add an additional half of everything that is called for, doubling might be too much. When browning the meat, I added Italian Seasonings and a few shakes of crushed red pepper; minced garlic would do well too, but I didn't think of it! A warning before baking, if you see you've run low on sauce and the sauce does not ENTIRELY cover your lasagna noodles, they will end up hard, dried out and crunchy. I would also stick with the cheddar cheese as it gives the dish more flavor than mozzarella does. I used reduced fat white cheddar to keep the traditional Lasagna look!