Make-Ahead Lasagna

Make-Ahead Lasagna

Looking for a classic Italian cuisine dinner? Then check out this cheesy beef lasagna casserole - a delicious meal.

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medium onion
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
cup chopped fresh parsley
tablespoons chopped fresh or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
tablespoon granulated sugar
teaspoon salt
teaspoon garlic powder
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
can (10 3/4 oz) condensed tomato soup
can (6 oz) tomato paste
2 1/2
cups water
uncooked lasagna noodles
container (12 oz) small curd cottage cheese
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Peel and chop the onion to measure 1/2 cup.
  2. In a 4-quart Dutch oven, cook the beef and onion over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked. Place a strainer or colander in a large bowl; line strainer with a double thickness of paper towels. Pour the beef mixture into the strainer to drain. Return beef mixture to Dutch oven; discard paper towels and any juices in the bowl.
  3. Into the beef, stir the parsley, basil, sugar, seasoned salt, tomatoes (with liquid), soup, tomato paste and water. Heat to boiling over high heat, stirring occasionally. Once mixture is boiling, reduce heat just enough so mixture bubbles gently. Cook uncovered 20 minutes.
  4. In an ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, spread 2 cups of the sauce mixture. Top with 4 uncooked noodles. Spread half of the cottage cheese over noodles; spread with 2 cups sauce mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat with 4 noodles, remaining cottage cheese, 2 cups sauce mixture and remaining mozzarella cheese. Top with remaining noodles and sauce; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil; refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  5. Heat oven to 350°F. Bake covered 30 minutes. Remove foil; bake 30 to 40 minutes longer or until hot in center. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.
Makes 8 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Cook's Tip
To save time, you can use 6 1/2 cups of your favorite prepared spaghetti sauce for the 8 sauce ingredients (chopped parsley through water). Stir the prepared sauce into the drained beef mixture. Continue as directed in step 4.
Cook's Tip
Be sure to spread the sauce evenly over the bottom of the glass baking dish. It is necessary to have sauce on the bottom and top of the uncooked noodles because the steam from the sauce cooks the noodles.
Spreading Beef Sauce in Pan
Spread 2 cups of the sauce in the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish.
Topping with Lasagna Noodles
Arrange the 4 remaining uncooked lasagna noodles on top of the mozzarella cheese.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 430
    • (Calories from Fat 140),
  • Total Fat 15g
    • (Saturated Fat 7g,
    • Trans Fat 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 55mg;
  • Sodium 1030mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 43g
    • (Dietary Fiber 3g,
    • Sugars 11g),
  • Protein 31g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.