June 19, 2014

a different lasagna

if you follow me on Facebook, you'd know that i've never had cottage cheese before. i decide to buy some but could never bring myself to open the container and take a bite. so, i decided to make lasagna with it. i had heard of it being done before, but again, it was something i'd never done. 
here's my easy-weeknight lasagna - but with cottage cheese instead of ricotta!

start with 1 pound of ground meat - this is deer. 
as you can see i threw in a little bit of green peppers and onions. i like to throw in just a small amount because then it goes undetected by my kids! ;)
also - boil a pot of water and cook your lasagna noodles!
next - add your favorite tomato based sauce. this is Target brand tomato and basil! let that simmer while you're doing the rest!
next - mix your 3 cups of cottage cheese with 2 eggs, 1/2c parmesan reggiano cheese, 1tsp salt, few grinds of pepper and few shakes of italian seasoning! 
now we're going to layer! 
4-5 noodles, half of the cottage cheese mix
1 cup mozzarella [side note: i happened to have fresh mozzarella in my fridge. i decided to use it since it would go bad if i didn't. typically i use shredded mozzarella since it's what i have on hand and this is an 'easy-weeknight' meal!]
and then half of your meat/tomato sauce!
repeat your layering once. you'll end with meat sauce. you can either top that with some parmesan and bake - or top with another layer of noodles and then parmesan. whichever you prefer! once you're assembled, cover the dish with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes on 350.

we obviously devoured it before i remembered that i should have taken a picture for my blog! next time, folks! ;)

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