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Ruth's Easy Lasagna

Ruth’s Easy Lasagna
14 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)
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Yield: 8 to 10 servings

This easy lasagna recipe comes highly recommended! The prepared sauce makes it quicker and easier to fix than most lasagna recipes, and the results are better, our tester reports, than many restaurant versions. A good do-ahead dinner, too.

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easy lasagna recipe


  • 16 ounces dried lasagna noodles
  • 1-1/4 pounds chuck, chopped
  • 1 bottle (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce with mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1-1/2 pounds cottage cheese
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup milk


Cook the lasagna noodles according to the package directions, being sure to add a teaspoon of oil to the cooking water. Rinse and drain.

In a nonstick skillet, brown the meat and drain off any excess fat. Heat the sauce and add the meat to the sauce along with the sugar.

Combine the cottage cheese, eggs, and cayenne.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. To assemble the lasagna, spoon a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Place a layer of noodles, another thin layer of sauce, a layer of the cottage cheese mixture, then the mozzarella. Repeat until the pan is filled. End with a final layer of sauce and Parmesan cheese. Gently pour milk over the top. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour. Uncover and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into serving-size pieces.
Updated Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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5 Responses to Ruth’s Easy Lasagna

  1. Anonymous November 18, 2002 at 5:36 pm #

    Made it for the first time, and they all loved it!! Will be making it for our Christmas Eve open house.

  2. Anonymous July 28, 2003 at 7:36 pm #

    It tastes great and is very easy to make.

  3. Anonymous January 29, 2004 at 8:10 am #

    Cayenne, cottage cheese, and bottled spaghetti sauce are what’s wrong with this recipe. If you’re going to make lasagna, make it right. Might I suggest buying a real Italian chef’s cookbook. Look up VITA GRECO on the web. You won’t be sorry–she was featured on FOOD NETWORK on Cooking Live!

  4. Anonymous August 17, 2004 at 4:06 pm #

    Easy to make and very good!

  5. Anonymous October 4, 2007 at 3:55 pm #

    Very easy to prepare, and add your own ingredients … two thumbs up!

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