Cut the Cooking, Recipe 1: Easy Lasagna

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I try to save time and money, while simultaneously losing weight, by cooking one big meal every Sunday evening that will last until Friday supper.  This last week, I made lasagna (not the best diet food, I know, but it’s way better for you than eating out!).  This meal cost me about $15 and 30 minutes of prep time, not counting the spices that I already had.  The dishes required were one skillet, one spatula, two mixing bowls, two forks (for stirring), and one 9×13 baking dish (also aluminum foil, but that’s not technically a dish).

I got this recipe from a cookbook called Apple Pie and Apron Strings Cookbook: Recipes from Every Corner of Amish America, by Daniel and Mae Miller.  I was hesitant to try it at first, because HOLY COW, some of the ingredients were weird didn’t seem like they belonged in a lasagna.  I gave it a shot anyway, and the results were pleasantly surprising!  This is some of the best lasagna I’ve tried… and it’s super easy!

Credit where credit is due — the recipe was submitted to the compilers by Ervin and Katie Miller.  Here it is!


Hamburger MixIMG_2636

1 lb hamburger meat

4 cups pizza sauce


Filling Mix

1 lb cottage cheese

1 egg, beaten

2 Tbsp. parsley flakes

8-10 lasagna noodles


Cheese Mix

2 cups shredded cheese

1 Tbsp. parsley

1 Tbsp. oregano

2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese


Fry hamburger meat and add pizza sauce.

Mix cottage cheese, egg, and parsley.  Layer half of hamburger mixture in a 9×13 pan.  Add a layer of uncooked noodles.  Put filling mix on top of noodles.  Add another layer of noodles, then rest of hamburger mixture.

Mix together the cheese mix ingredients, and put on top of casserole.  Bake, covered, at 350 Fahrenheit for one hour.

Reader’s Digest Version:

Basically, once you’ve made the different mixes, you put them in the pan in this order:

hamburger mix –> uncooked noodles –> filling mix –> uncooked noodles –> hamburger mix –> cheese mix

Cover it with foil, then bake for an hour at 350.

Have you ever tried a recipe with unexpected ingredients that that turned out to be delicious?  Tell me all about it in the comments!


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