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Easy Overnight Lasagna without Ricotta Cheese

This easy lasagna is full of flavor and BONUS: is prepped the day before and baked the following day. Perfect for the holidays or a day where you want a healthy, hearty dinner but know that you won't have time to put the dinner together.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lasagna without ricotta cheese
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 902kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • ¾ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 6 ounce cans tomato paste
  • 2 6.5 ounce cans canned tomato sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons dried basil leaves divided
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt divided, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons parsley
  • 15 lasagna noodles
  • 16 ounces of cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 24 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Brown sausage, ground beef, onion and garlic together.
  • Stir in all tomatoes and chicken broth/water.
  • To the meat and tomato mixture add: sugar, 2 tsp basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, I tsp salt, pepper and half of the parsley.
  • While this mixture simmers, soak lasagna noodles. To do this: place lasagna noodles in a large rectangle dish of some sort. Pour hot (close to boiling water) over noodles. Let noodles sit for 20-30 minutes in water.
  • In a third bowl, combine cottage cheese, 1/2 tsp salt and 2 T parsley.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • Assemble lasagna:
  • Spray 11x15 baking dish
  • Spread 2 cups meat mixture
  • Place 5 noodles on top (you may need to cut to fit)
  • Spread 1/2 of cottage cheese mixture
  • Place 8 mozzarella slices over cottage cheese
  • Add 2 cups meat mixture over mozzarella
  • Place 5 noodles on top
  • Spread remaining cottage cheese mixture
  • Place 8 mozzarella slices over cottage cheese
  • Add 1 1/2 cups meat mixture over mozzarella
  • Place 5 noodles on top
  • Add remaining meat mixture over noodles
  • Remaining mozzarella slices over meat sauce
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese
  • Garnish with remaining basil
  • Spray foil with non-stick spray, place foil over lasagna.
  • Let lasagna sit for 24 hours in the refrigerator if at all possible.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  • Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes.
  • Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 902kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 2543mg | Potassium: 1469mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1987IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 691mg | Iron: 7mg