FIVE MINUTES of prep. That's it.
If you want lasagna night cheers and accolades without pesky lasagna night hubbub, this recipe is for you!
1 jar of spaghetti sauce (read below for my cheater "sauce" recipe)*
1 1/2 cups water
3 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese --
reserve 1 1/2 cups mozzarella for topping
12 oz. cottage cheese
4 cups of ziti or penne pasta
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix ingredients together in a big bowl.**
Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
Dump everything into the 9 x 13 pan.
Cover with foil.
Bake for 55 minutes.
Remove foil and top with the reserved mozzarella.
Bake uncovered for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
*MY CHEATER "SAUCE" RECIPE
I mix 1 can of diced tomatoes with 2 cans of tomato paste in a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup. Then I fill with water to the 4 cup line. I add Italian spices, a few tablespoons of sugar and some salt and pepper. I sometimes microwave for 45 seconds so I can claim I cooked it.
**The uncooked pasta clicks on the side of the bowl when mixing. You can pretend you're making shellfish. That's what I do.