I love lasagna, but I don’t love the kitchen, and I don’t have time to make complicated meals with several ingredients. I really like this simple lasagna recipe and it has served me well. This is a great recipe for a large family or when company comes over, mostly because you can’t tell that it is gluten-free!
- 1 box of DeBoles lasagna noodles (no boiling!)
- 2 jars of Prego Roasted Garlic and Herb sauce (see this link for the gluten-free Prego sauce list, I sometimes use Ragu Parmesean Romano, click here and scroll to the bottom for their GF info)
- 2-3 large bags of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 pound of hamburger meat
- 1 large container of cottage cheese. I buy walmart brand cheeses because they are labeled “gluten-free.”
The recipe itself is really easy. Brown the hamburger meat. I use 97/3 hamburger meat (extra lean) and save the fat as extra flavoring. I make the “meat mixture” by mixing 1 jar of sauce, 1 bag of cheese, the large container of cottage cheese and the hamburger meat. Set that mixture aside.
I use the second jar of sauce to line the 9×13 glass dish with a layer of sauce, then 4 dry noodles- 3 noodles along the length of the dish and 1 noodle along the width of the dish. Then top the noodles with 1/3 of the meat mixture, then sprinkle shredded cheese, then repeat with another layer of noodles.
I usually get 3 layers out of the meat mixture, and then the final layer of noodles on top. Make sure to cover each noodle completely with meat mixture or sauce between layers, so that it can soak up the moisture while baking. I gently push the noodles down to be sure all of the ridges are making contact with moisture. I top the final layer with the rest of the sauce, making sure to fill in sauce in the corners and all of the edges. Save some cheese for the last few minutes of baking.
Bake the lasagna for 1 hour at 350 degrees. After one hour top with remaining shredded cheese and bake until cheese melts. Total time is about 90 minutes, including browning the meat. This recipe takes a little more time than I usually spend in the kitchen, but it is so easy and so good!