Sunday, December 25, 2011

Lasagna without Ricotta Cheese

My lasagna recipe is a fav that has evolved over time. This recipe is so easy I should make it more often.  The short cuts I've found have helped simplify the recipe.

One of the challenges opportunities I have found in our family is that not everyone is a ricotta fan. And, I don't like lasagna based on cottage cheese (Ew-w-w!). So, I have made this recipe without either. It's cheesy homey goodness!  

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Lasagna With Italian Meat Sauce without Ricotta Cheese

Prep: 15 min.; Cook: 1 hr., 45 min.

Ingredients - Lasagna
1 (16-ounce) package dried precooked lasagna noodles
6 cup s(12 ounces) shredded Italian three-blend cheese*
2 oz Parmesan cheese
Parsley (about 1 cup fresh)
4 egg whites
1 tbsp oregano
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
Olive oil cooking spray
6 cups “Italian Meat Sauce” 

Prepare noodles per package.

To keep the noodles moist, layer the noodles on a baking sheet with a wet paper towel between each layer.  Cover the top layer with wet paper towels.

Preheat oven to 350°.
Prepare 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Stir together ingredients through pepper and set aside.

Spread 1 1/2 cups Italian Meat Sauce in dish.
Arrange 3 noodles over meat sauce.
Top with half of cheese mixture and 1 1/2 cups Italian Meat Sauce and more noodles.

Top with remaining cheese mixture and 1 1/2 cups Italian Meat Sauce.
Arrange 3 noodles over sauce and top with remaining 1 1/2 cups Italian Meat Sauce.

Sprinkle evenly with remaining 3/4 cup cheese.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake, covered with foil, at 350° for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
Uncover and bake 5 more minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 15 minutes. 

* Notes
  • If I don't have enough cheese, I have used a Colby & Monterrey Jack blend. It's been a good substitute.
  • When spooning sauce over the noodles, it is important to cover the noodles completely with the sauce. Otherwise, the noodles will dry and be crunchy.

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  1. This lasagna look divine! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Danke für das Teilen des Rezeptes. Die Lasagne schmeckt richtig super.

    1. Mila, Ich bin Sie genoss es froh! Danke für das Besuchen!

  3. Thanks for the help, can this be done by just subtracting the meat sauce for cheese lasagna?

    1. Hi. Yes, this recipe can be in several variations. If you want to remove the meat sauce, you could add vegetables like zucchini or eggplant. If you only want a cheese lasagna, I would added more cheeses to fill it out. Sounds good!

  4. Just made this using my homemade sauce and noodles! delish! Thank you!

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