This is the recipe that my mother made when I was growing up. It is not authentic in many ways, but it is delicious comfort food using ingredients that were readily available in a grocery store in the 1970s.
1 Tbsp oil
½ cup onion, diced
1 lb ground beef
1 clove garlic, sliced
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
3 Tbsp parsley, chopped
15 oz can diced tomatoes
8 oz tomato sauce
8 oz lasagne noodles ( 8 slices)
4 oz Swiss cheese, sliced thin
1 ½ cups cottage cheese
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute onion until tender.
- Add ground beef, cook until browned.
- Mash garlic with salt and add to meat with pepper, oregano, parsley, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes.
- If making ahead, refrigerate sauce until ready to assemble.
- Preheat oven to 350℉.
- Cook lasagne noodles until al dente. Drain & cover with cold water.
- Spread ⅓ of sauce in a 9×13 pan. Top with half each of lasagne noodles, Swiss cheese (reserve 1 slice) & cottage cheese.
- Repeat, ending with remaining sauce and reserved cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until hot & bubbly.
- Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
- I prefer “petite diced” tomatoes which are cut into appx ½” pieces. You could also use fresh or frozen tomatoes.
- You can substitute mozzarella for the Swiss cheese and ricotta for the cottage cheese for a more authentic dish.