I remember growing up watching Garfield cartoons. He could scarf entire lasagna's in a matter of seconds, cutting a small piece out then eating the rest of the lasagna. I never really thought about how strange a lasagna-eating cat was, but, it was entertaining nonetheless.

Since then, I've learned how to make a few different types of lasagna! While the following one probably isn't the most gourmet, its definitely the easiest and fits my "student cooking" theme pretty well.

  • Ground beef (1 package, lean)
  • Oven-ready lasagna noodles
  • Tomato sauce (1 large can)
  • Basil (1 1/2 tsp.)
  • Onion (1/2 cup)
  • Cottage Cheese (4% large container)
  • Mozzarella Cheese (1/2 - 3/4 brick depending on how much you like)
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Water (1/2 cup)
  1. In a large saucepan, cook the ground beef and onion together.
  2. When the ground beef is browned, add the tomato sauce, onion, and basil, add water and simmer lightly for 10 minutes.
  3. Layer thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a large glass oven dish.
  4. Layer lasagna noodles on top of sauce.
  5. Layer thin layer of sauce on top of the noodles, and then spread a layer of cottage cheese and sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan on top.
  6. Continue layering like this until you're out of ingredients. Make sure your top layer is sauce and cheese!
  7. Bake for 30-45 minutes at 350F.
  8. Serve with a fresh caesar salad!


  1. Cottage cheese in lasagna?? I don't know about that. I would never put anything other than ricotta mixed with the mozzarella cheese and parmesan.

  2. Normally, I do use Ricotta in the recipe. Not many people just have this kicking around though so I usually say that cottage is a substitute for it and be done with it.

    I do cottage cheese every once in a while ... It really doesn't change all that much in terms of the lasagna's flavour when its time to eat.

    I take it you're very devout to traditional Italian recipes... I should be the same way, shame on me, huh? :)

  3. I prefer cottage cheese to ricotta, much more flavorful.