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The Best Easy Lasagna

The Best Easy Lasagna recipe is made with no boil noodles, cottage cheese, and lots of mozzarella cheese!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: lasagna
Servings: 6


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion - medium sized, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 32 oz pasta sauce
  • 16 oz cottage cheese, full-fat, small curd
  • 16 oz mozzarella cheese, divded
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 2 large eggs
  • 9-12 lasagna noodles, no-boil


  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F and prepare a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish by spraying it with non-stick spray.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add onion to the pan and sauté for 5-7 minutes or until onions are tender and translucent.
  • Stir in minced garlic and allow it to cook for 30-60 seconds.
  • Add in ground Italian sausage. Break it up into bite sized pieces. When fully cooked, drain excess grease.
  • To the ground meat, onion and garlic mixture, stir in basil, parsley and oregano.
  • Reserve 8 ounces of pasta sauce for assembling the lasagna, then add the remaining 24 ounces of pasta sauce to the pan. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat and simmer the meat sauce for 8-10 minutes.
  • While the sauce simmers, prepare the cheese mixture. In a large bowl combine cottage cheese,10-12 ounces of mozzarella cheese (be sure to reserve 4-6 ounces of mozzarella cheese for the top of the lasagna- a heaping cup full), finely grated parmesan cheese, softened cream cheese and 2 eggs. Mix to combine.
  • To assemble the lasagna: pour 1 cup of reserved pasta sauce in the bottom of the prepared 9 x 13 inch casserole dish and spread it evenly.
  • Add a layer of no-boil lasagna noodles. It should take about 3-4 noodles. Leave room between the noodles so that there is space for them to expand as they cook.
  • Top the noodles with ⅓ of the meat sauce and ½ of the cheese mixture..
  • Add a second layer of noodles with ⅓ of the meat sauce and the remaining cheese mixture.
  • Add a third layer of noodles and top with the remaining meat sauce. Top with the reserved mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover the lasagna with tinfoil then bake for 45 minutes.
  • Remove the tinfoil after 45 minutes then continue baking uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and melted and the no-boil lasagna noodles are tender.
  • Allow the lasagna to rest for 10 minutes before serving.