I have made this several times and my family loves it. I do too. I get requests to make it from my nieces and nephews as well. We are not Italian but love a good lasagna... so to us, this is a very good - fairly easy recipe to make.
Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna
A container of refrigerated pesto adds distinctive flavor to this basic beef-and-cheese lasagna, and the unbaked lasagna can be frozen for up to three months.
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1 Hour, 35 Minutes
- 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
- 1 (24-oz.) container 4% small-curd smooth-and-creamy cottage cheese
- 1 (16-oz.) container ricotta cheese
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup refrigerated pesto
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups (10 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 (24-oz.) jars tomato-and-basil pasta sauce
- 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare noodles according to package directions.
- 2. Meanwhile, stir together cottage cheese and next 4 ingredients. Stir in 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
- 3. Cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 6 to 7 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Stir in pasta sauce.
- 4. Layer 1 cup beef mixture, 3 noodles, and 2 1/2 cups cottage cheese mixture in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with 3 noodles, 2 cups beef mixture, and 3 more noodles. Top with remaining cottage cheese mixture, 3 noodles, and beef mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese.
- 5. Bake, covered, at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 20 minutes or until cheese is browned. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
- Note: Freeze unbaked lasagna up to 3 months. To bake, thaw in refrigerator 24 hours. Let stand 30 minutes; bake as directed. We tested with Classico Di Napoli Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce and both LeGrand Garden Pesto and Buitoni Reduced Fat Pesto with Basil.
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