This easy lasagna recipe from Sandra Lee is super-satisfying and makes a great meal for the whole family
This easy lasagna recipe is ideal for busy weeknights. It's virtually foolproof, has just a few simple steps and comes together quickly - so if you were thinking lasagna is too much work for a weekday meal, then this is the recipe for you!
Easy and cheesy!
One of the things that makes this lasagna easier to prepare than others is the simple cheese sauce. Most lasagna recipes include an elaborate cheese sauce that you need to make from scratch.
This recipe, however, uses a simple combination of cottage cheese and mozzarella.
Cottage cheese is low in fat and calories, so this sauce isn't just easier, it's healthier too! If you prefer a richer taste and texture, you could try using ricotta instead. And whilst it has more fat and calories than cottage cheese, ricotta is lower in salt.
Take care not to overcook the noodles in the first step of this recipe. That's because they will cook a SECOND time, once they're layered in the cooking dish and baked with the other ingredients. We like to cook the noodles for a few minutes less than suggested on the packaging.
Once your noodles are cooked, lay them one by one on a gently oiled baking sheet. If you simply set them aside to drain in a colander, they will probably stick together and become very hard to work with!
Want to add some extra veggies?
You might be planning on adding some extra vegetables to this dish - in fact, popping a few veggies into a lasagna is a great way to get kids to eat vegetables they might otherwise avoid!
Mushrooms work well, and so do spinach, bell peppers and zucchini.
Something to bear in mind, though, is that many vegetables give up a lot of water during the cooking process, which may leave you with a runny lasagna. To avoid this, sautée the vegetables beforehand, then strain off any excess liquid.
Lasagna is just so versatile and there are lots of different varieties to try! This Chicken Lasagna is perfect if you're in the mood for something different - and this Low Carb Lasagna is ideal for all you keto fans.