Shoestring Meals - Overnight Lasagna

A couple of posts ago I posted a recipe for Easy Italian Herb Focaccia Bread. This deliciously easy bread is a great compliment to the recipe that I'll share with you today, Overnight Lasagna. My friend who first served me the Focaccia Bread also served this mouthwatering money and time saving lasagna (thanks, Tana!)
One of the things that makes this dish unique is that you don't cook the noodles and yet they come out perfectly tender. I have tried lasagna recipes that call for uncooked noodles only to find that the end result is chewy underdone pasta. The secret to this recipe is a nocturnal rest in your fridge. Plus it is so easy to assemble the night before so you can relax when your guests or family arrive.

Overnight Lasagna
You will need:
1 lb ground beef - brown and drain the fat
32 oz jar of spaghetti sauce or 4 cups of homemade
salt and pepper
16 oz cottage cheese
1 egg
1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1tsp Basil
1 pkg of lasagna noodles

  • Add sauce to browned ground beef and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Combine cottage cheese , egg, mozarella cheese and basil to make cheese sauce.
  • Layer in 9x13 pan (I would spray the pan with pam for easy clean up),
1/2 cup meat mixture
layer of noodles
1/3 cup cheese mixture
1/3 cup meat mixture

  • Continue layers ending with meat mixture and topping with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Pour 1/2 cup water around sides of pan. This is a very important step.
  • Cover with foil and leave in the fridge overnight.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  • Let stand 15 min. before serving.
  • Enjoy!

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Gayle said...

I love frugal meal ideas! Our teenage/young adult kids often come home with several extra friends to feed, and since I'm thankful that they are hanging out at our house in a safe, friendly environment I need to be hospitable and feed them. This can be very challenging to a budget.

Gayle said...

Last week many extra friends showed up at our house. My kids love to bring everyone over.

I had pepperoni in the freezer and cheese, so I got them all in the kitchen and assigned jobs with the promise of pizza. The kitchen aid was put to work to mix up bread dough, cans were opened for pizza sauce, kids grated cheese and doled out the pepperoni, someone suggested a can of olives they found in the cupboard and asked if it was okay to add that and some chopped onions. Within a half hour the pizzas were in the oven, and everyone had a good time putting them together. I assigned clean up jobs while they waited for the pizzas to bake and everyone (including Mom) was happy!