FARM-OUS BEEF LASAGNA
Conceived by rancher and blogger, Val Wagner, this lasagna recipe uses cottage cheese for an unexpected twist to simplify this classic dish.

1 HR 20 MIN
8 SERVINGS
500 CAL
53 G PROTEIN


INGREDIENTS:

2 pounds Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
1 jar (24 ounces) pasta sauce
4 cups shredded Italian blend cheese
3 cups reduced-fat dairy cottage cheese, divided
12 cooked lasagna noodles
Garnish:
Chopped fresh basil (optional)

COOKING:

1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef; cook 12 to 15 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles. Add pasta sauce; stir until combined. Set aside.
Cook’s Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread 1 cup beef mixture over bottom of 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Top with 3 lasagna noodles, 1-1/2 cups beef mixture, 1 cup cottage cheese and 1 cup shredded cheese. Repeat layers of noodles, beef mixture, cottage cheese and shredded cheese. Top with remaining 3 noodles, remaining beef mixture and remaining shredded cheese.

3. Bake uncovered in 350°F oven 45 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is golden brown. Top with basil, as desired. Rest for 10 minutes before serving.

SAFE HANDLING TIPS:

  • Use a potato masher to break up Ground Beef into small crumbles while browning.
  • Wash hands with soap and water before cooking and always after touching raw meat.
  • Separate raw meat from other foods.
  • Wash all cutting boards, utensils, and dishes after touching raw meat.
  • Do not reuse marinades used on raw foods.
  • Wash all produce prior to use.
  • Cook steaks and roasts until temperature reaches 145°F for medium rare, as measured by a meat thermometer, allowing to rest for three minutes.
  • Cook Ground Beef to 160°F as measured by a meat thermometer.
  • Refrigerate leftovers promptly.

For more information on degree of doneness and other cooking tips visit:
https://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/cooking/determining-doneness
For more information on safe food handling and beef safety, see:
https://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/cooking/food-safety

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