Lazy Day Lasagna

Clockwise, bottom left:  Ready for the oven, baked, 5 ingredients, ready to eat.
This may be the first lasagna recipe you tasted – a classic from the Better Homes & Gardens 1968 plaid cookbook.  It’s not Italian lasagna – it’s really American lasagna.
 It’s simple and quick – not the usual production for more sophisticated recipes – really only 5 ingredients.  It's also a small recipe - only 4 servings.  Use your favorite bottled or canned sauce.  We like Barilla noodles; they are manufactured in Ames, Iowa. Be sure you wipe the moisture from your cooked noodles before assembling the casserole.  I confess I just had to sprinkle a little parmesan on top the last few minutes of baking although the recipe didn’t call for it.  This is even better if it is assembled in the morning and refrigerated; as it sets up better.  Although cottage cheese is one grocery item that has increased in price this year, this is still an economical main dish.
                             Lazy Day Lasagna
  6            ounces  lasagna noodle
     1/4     teaspoon  dried oregano -- crushed
  15          ounces  spaghetti sauce with meat
  1            cup  cottage cheese -- cream style
  6            ounces  mozzarella cheese -- thinly sliced

Cook noodles in boiling, salted water according to package directions; drain.  Add oregano to spaghetti sauce.
In greased 10 x 6 x 1 1/2" baking dish, make layers in order half each noodles, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese slices and spaghetti sauce.  Repeat.
Bake in moderate oven 375° about 30 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
4 servings
2011 Cost:  $3.93 or 99¢ per serving
Per Serving: 395 Calories; 13g Fat (30.4% calories from fat); 24g Protein; 43g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 43mg Cholesterol; 924mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Fat.


  1. Marge, Thanks for the kind comments. I accidentally deleted it from this post. Glad the recipe was the one you wanted. Thanks again for all our kind words.

  2. The comment bears repeating, Myrna:

    I was overjoyed to see it posted here, as my BH&G cookbook fell to tatters and the recipe went MIA. I've tried to recreate the recipe for quite awhile without quite getting it right.

    Lazy Day Lasagna satisfied the hunger of three sons and has been a hit at a lot of family gatherings--I'm always asked to bring this lasagna whenever the family gets together for any occasion, or "just because".

    Thank YOU for all the great recipes you've shared here; I mention your blog every so often on my Facebook page so others will enjoy your work as much as I do!

    I've said it before and will say it again: The Iowa House Wife ROCKS!

  3. Is that dish pink and white? If so I have the oval companion to it... I love that thing!
    We really enjoy reading your blog and using your recipes.
    Do you live anywhere near Manchester, IA? I used to live in Greeley and over in the Quad cities. I miss Iowa, beats Florida any day.

  4. Shannon,
    Yes, the dish is pink and white. One of my favorites. We're happy to have readers who like to cook and try new recipes.
    We live in Southeastern Iowa, but my son lives in Dubuque, so we go up towards Manchester occasionally.


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