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Over the years of cooking mostly from scratch, I have found that it’s not too much harder to make a couple meals at a time than it is to prepare just one. It involves a little extra chopping and a few more ingredients, but for not too much longer than it takes to prep one meal, I can prep multiple at once. And having ready-to-go-meals in the freezer has saved us from expensive and unhealthy restaurant food more times than I can count!
Lasagna Recipe with Cottage Cheese
I’ve got a few items on my revolving menu that work really well for batch cooking and I enjoy sharing these recipes because I appreciate how much they simplify my life. Lasagna is one recipe that I always try to double because it really only adds a few more minutes to the process to make two lasagnas instead of just one. I know you will enjoy this recipe that yields enough for three meals with only one prep.
The majority of the work for this recipe is making the sauce, and that’s mostly because I sneak in hidden veggies on my unsuspecting family and have to spend some time chopping. It annoys me that my kids balk at a recipe if they actually see mushrooms or things that resemble veggies, but they do. So I just hide them and they love my sauce anyway. I start this sauce around lunch time to save time in the busy evening hours, but you could also prep everything the night before and let the sauce simmer in the slow cooker all day if you’re pressed for time during the day. I highly recommend starting any type of pasta sauce earlier in the day so it can simmer for last two hours. Letting tomato sauce simmer is key to a rich, flavorful pasta sauce you will love.
For the sauce
For the lasagna
To make the sauce
Assemble the lasagna
A note on using cottage cheese instead of ricotta.
Ricotta is the traditional choice of cheese in lasagna and I sometimes use it. I have found, though, that I actually prefer using cottage cheese. It’s not as expensive as ricotta, it has a lower fat content, and it’s not as dry. I like my lasagna to be saucy and delicious, and I have better luck getting that kind of lasagna when I use cottage cheese instead of ricotta. I have to admit, I used to make fun of people who used cottage cheese in lasagna, but I have seen the light, and I honestly now prefer to use cottage cheese in lasagna!!! 😉
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