Mixed-Up Lasagna combines rotini, ground beef, onion, cheeses, Italian seasoning and jar pasta sauce to make an easier version of this classic dish.

Mixed-Up Lasagna

Mixed-Up Lasagna is easier than classic lasagna. No need to carefully cook lasagna noodles and take the time to layer them.

For this version you just have to cook the meat and pasta, mix the cheeses together and then mix it all up, pour it into the baking dish and voila!, a dish that has the same taste as lasagna, but much faster and easier.

Mos restaurants use a mixture of ground beef and Italian sausage (such as this) in their lasagna, so that would be a great way to change this recipe up a bit, just use half a pound of ground beef and half a pound of sausage.

I serve this with some sort of garlic bread or bread sticks. It is always a hit with the kids and would be great to serve guests or take to a potluck.

If you would like a pasta dish without meat I have a great recipe for Spinach Manicotti.

Mixed-Up Lasagna combines rotini, ground beef, onion, cheeses, Italian seasoning and jar pasta sauce to make an easier version of this classic dish.

 

Mixed-Up Lasagna combines rotini, ground beef, onion, cheeses, Italian seasoning and jar pasta sauce to make an easier version of this classic dish.

The ingredients needed.

 

Mixed-Up Lasagna combines rotini, ground beef, onion, cheeses, Italian seasoning and jar pasta sauce to make an easier version of this classic dish.

The cheeses, spices, and egg. (Minus the mozzarella because I forgot to put it in before I took the picture.)

 

Mixed-Up Lasagna combines rotini, ground beef, onion, cheeses, Italian seasoning and jar pasta sauce to make an easier version of this classic dish.

The meat!

 

Mixed-Up Lasagna combines rotini, ground beef, onion, cheeses, Italian seasoning and jar pasta sauce to make an easier version of this classic dish.

Just enough sauce in the bottom of the baking dish to cover the surface.

 

Mixed-Up Lasagna combines rotini, ground beef, onion, cheeses, Italian seasoning and jar pasta sauce to make an easier version of this classic dish.

Just need to spoon the remaining sauce on top.

 

Mixed-Up Lasagna combines rotini, ground beef, onion, cheeses, Italian seasoning and jar pasta sauce to make an easier version of this classic dish.

All ready to be covered with foil and put into the oven.

 

Mixed-Up Lasagna

Mixed-Up Lasagna combines rotini, ground beef, onion, cheeses, Italian seasoning and jar pasta sauce to make an easier version of this classic dish. You might also like:

  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 35m
  • Total Time: 1h
  • Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 pound rotini
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 jar pasta sauce, 24 ounces

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions for the lowest time specified.
  2. Brown ground beef, onion and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. When the pasta is about half way done, preheat the oven to 350°.
  4. In a large bowl mix the cottage cheese, 1 1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, the Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and egg until combined.
  5. Mix the pasta, ground beef, cheese mixture, and 1 cup of the pasta sauce together in a large vessel. (I use the pot I cooked the pasta in so I don't have to dirty another dish.)
  6. Spray a 9" X 13" baking dish with cooking spray and put just enough of the pasta sauce on the bottom of the dish to cover. Add the pasta mixture and even it out with a spoon or spatula. Spoon the remaining pasta sauce evenly over the pasta mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, or until hot.
  7. Uncover and top with the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and return to the oven until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Mixed-Up Lasagna combines rotini, ground beef, onion, cheeses, Italian seasoning and jar pasta sauce to make an easier version of this classic dish.

 

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