Easy & Delicious Lazy Cottage Cheese Lasagna Recipe

Cottage Cheese Lasagna Recipe
Written by The Protein Chef

Lasagna is one of those things you probably love to eat but hate to make. It’s time consuming, you need a ton of ingredients, and did I mention…it’s time consuming? This website is almost always focused on quick, easy recipes so we’re gonna stick to that trend today and make some delicious Lazy Cottage Cheese Lasagna that’s quite a bit healthier than the lasagna at your traditional family get together!

This recipe has 5 steps and the total prep time is around 10-15 minutes depending on how good you are at multi tasking…

Step 1. Brown 1 pound of either lean ground turkey or beef and drain it if needed (anything around 93/7 should not need to be).

Step 2. Add in and mix together a big jar (around 24-28 ounces) of your favorite healthy pasta sauce and any other herbs or seasonings you want. I like to throw in a little garlic seasoning. Cook that on low for around 5 minutes!

Step 3. Cook and drain 8 ounces of egg noodles. These are gonna be the key to making this feel like a lasagna and a little go a long way which help with the macros a ton.

Step 4. Mix together 4 cups of cottage cheese, 1 container of plain fat free Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, and 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella. I like to throw in a little parsley, salt, and ground pepper too but you don’t have to if you don’t have them on-hand.

Step 5. Add your noodles into the bottom of a large baking dish or a throwaway pan (great for meal prep and come in a ton of different sizes). Follow your noodles with your cheese mix and then finally your sauce mix. Bake that on 350F/176C for around 25 minutes and 5-10 minutes before it’s done sprinkle on a little mozzarella.

This “lazy lasagna” is delicious, macro balanced, and great for meal prep! Could you eat this weekly? Absolutely. Does it taste like lasagna. Yes. Can you taste the cottage cheese? No. Can you eat this and lose weight? Yes. Am I going to ask myself anymore questions? I don’t think so….but you can below in the comments!

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 Pound Lean Ground Beef or Turkey (We use 93/7)
  • 1 Large Jar Pasta Sauce (24-28 Ounces and look for one with LOW SUGAR)
  • 8 Ounces (224g) Egg Noodles
  • 4 Cups (452g) Fat Free Cottage Cheese
  • 1 Container (5.3 Ounces/150g) Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup (40g) Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 1/2 Cups (228g) Part Skim Mozzarella
  • Herbs/Seasonings/Salt/Black Pepper *Optional

TIPS:

  • Don’t like or can’t find fat free? Use reduced or full fat…the macros are still great!
  • Look for lower sodium alternatives if you’re watching your intake!
  • Double or triple the recipe!

How to make:

  1. Brown your meat (drain if not using a lean meat).
  2. Mix in your Pasta Sauce and other optional seasonings. Cook that on low for around 5 minutes.
  3. Cook and drain your Egg Noodles.
  4. Mix together your Cottage Cheese, Greek Yogurt, Parmesan, Mozzarella, and optional Parsley, Salt, or Black Pepper.
  5. Add your cooked noodles into the bottom of your dish or pan, cheese mix on top of those, and your sauce mix on top of that. Bake this on 350F/176C for 25 minutes and top with a little Mozzarella 5-10 minutes before it’s done.

Calories in each serving is you cut 8 pieces (around 260g):

  • Calories: 381
  • Fat: 13.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 525mg
  • Carbs: 32g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 5.3g
  • Protein: 32.6g

Calories in the whole recipe:

  • Calories: 3049
  • Fat: 109g
  • Saturated Fat: 48g
  • Sodium: 4202mg
  • Carbs: 256g
  • Fiber: 24g
  • Sugar: 43g
  • Protein: 261g

About the author

The Protein Chef

Derek Howes is a personal trainer and chef with over a decade of experience in the gym and kitchen. Derek, who is also known as The Protein Chef on his blog and YouTube channel shows his viewers every week that food doesn’t need to be boring or repetitive, it’s all about balance, moderation, and having the knowledge to change things up. His recipes which have been featured in the news, magazines, and on TV are cheap, quick, AND delicious! His motto in life is “everything in moderation” and is without question the most important habit he follows.

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