Lazy Day Lasagna

Lazy Day Lasagna

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1 1/2 pounds ground beef
5 teaspoons garlic salt, divided
1 jar (26 ounces) marinara sauce
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 cup water
1/4 cup dry red or white wine (optional, you can also just use more water)
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 egg
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
12 uncooked lasagna noodles

In a large pan brown ground beef until crumbly and no longer pink. Season with 3 teaspoons garlic salt. Add marinara sauce, tomatoes, water, wine and Italian seasoning. Simmer about five minutes. In a bowl mix together remaining 2 teaspoons garlic salt, ricotta cheese, parsley, egg, 1/4 cup Parmesan and 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.

Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray. Spoon a thin layer of the meat sauce over the bottom. Arrange one layer of the noodles on the sauce. Spread a layer of the ricotta cheese mixture over the noodles. Next, spoon over a layer of sauce. Repeat layers to the top of the baking dish, ending with noodles topped with sauce. Finally, sprinkle on remaining 3 cups mozzarella and then remaining Parmesan over the top. Once assembled, the lasagna can be covered and refrigerated for a day or two before baking. Before baking cover baking dish with foil. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until noodles are soft, then remove foil and bake for another 5 to 15 minutes. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before cutting.

I love this recipe because you don’t have to boil the lasagna noodles. What can I say? I’m lazy! Therefore the name of this recipe. LOL!

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  1. Could I use cottage cheese instead of ricotta?

    1. Amy Hanten says:

      Hi Debbie. Yes! Cottage cheese can be used in place of ricotta. It will still be delicious! Thank you! -Amy

  2. Could this be made ahead of time and frozen

    1. Amy Hanten says:

      Hi Debbie. I’ve never done it but I don’t see why not. I would just thaw overnight in the fridge before baking. Please let me know how it turns out. Thanks! -Amy

  3. Hi Suzy. For this lasagna recipe I would use a dry white wine like Chardonnay or a dry red wine like Merlot or a Cabernet. You don’t need to use the expensive stuff but I don’t like to use cooking wine. You can even buy the mini bottles of wine with the screw off caps. They work great for cooking! Hope that helps! Thanks! -Amy

  4. Hi Madeline. I just use the regular lasagna noodles. Either kind will work but no need to buy the no-boil. Because there’s plenty of sauce and you are covering the dish with foil when baking, the regular lasagna noodles will cook during baking. Thanks! -Amy

  5. Madeline (Madge) Powell says:

    I am wondering if you used regular lasagna noodles or the no cook ones.

  6. What type of wine should I buy for cooking?