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Freezer Lasagna Recipe

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Jamie here, If you’re looking for an easy make-ahead meal for busy nights, you absolutely can’t lose with this Freezer Lasagna Recipe!  I love recipes like this for days when we want to be lazy at the pool all afternoon and come home to a hearty meal :)

This is SO SO GOOD – it’s the ultimate thick, layered comfort lasagna.  If you like cheesy recipes, get ready!  This is chock full of cheese and meat and lovely starches – make this in advance and you’ll always be just an hour away from homemade lasagna heaven :)

The great thing about this this freezer lasagna version, os you can prep all the ingredients on a lazy Sunday afternoon and pull it out on a crazy Thursday to give yourself a break.

This is my basic recipe, but it’s extremely versatile in that you can add veggies, leave out the meat, and change it up all kinds of ways!

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 Cans/Jars of Pasta Sauce (I used Hunt’s 4 Cheese because it’s what I had on hand)
  • 1 Box of Lasagna Noodles, Uncooked
  • 1 Roll of Sausage (Can substitute 1 lb Ground Beef/Turkey)
  • 16 oz Cottage Cheese
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella

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Instructions:

  1. In a large pan, cook & crumble meat, drain.  Mix in both cans of sauce and Italian Seasoning.
  2. In a large bowl, mix eggs, cottage cheese, Parmesan and 1 cup Mozarella, reserving 1 cup shredded mozzarella for later.
  3. Line a 13 x9″ Pan with foil, making sure you have enough to extend up all sides.
  4. Begin layering in the following order:
    • Spoon in a thick layer of sauce mixture
    • Cover with several dollops of cheese mixture
    • Then place the noodles on top, overlapping the edges. *Make sure noodles have plenty of sauce surrounding them, because they will boil in the sauce as they bake. (No pre-boiling required)
  5. Once all the mixture and noodles have been used up, top with remaining 1 Cup Mozzarella and place in freezer until frozen solid
  6. Remove from freezer and pull the lasagna out of the pan.  Wrap tightly with tin foil and (if you have it) a layer of freezer paper.

The reason you pull the lasagna out of the pan is so you can reuse your pan between now and lasagna night – but if you don’t need it in the meantime, just leave it in there.

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The night before you want to have lasagna, place in the fridge to defrost.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and remove all but the bottom layer of foil.  Place the lasagna in the oven to defrost even more during preheating.  Bake for 1 hour.

 

Freezer Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Cans/Jars of Pasta Sauce
  • 1 Box of Lasagna Noodles, Uncooked
  • 1 Roll of Sausage (Can substitute 1 lb Ground Beef/Turkey)
  • 16 oz Cottage Cheese
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella

Instructions

    On prep day:
  1. In a large pan, cook & crumble meat, drain. Mix in both cans of sauce and Italian Seasoning
  2. In a large bowl, mix eggs, cottage cheese, Parmesan and 1 cup Mozarella, reserving 1 cup shredded mozzarella for later.
  3. Line a 13 x9" Pan with foil, making sure you have enough to extend up all sides
  4. Begin layering in the following order:
  5. - Spoon in a thick layer of sauce mixture
  6. - Cover with several dollops of cheese mixture
  7. - Then place the noodles on top, overlapping the edges. *Make sure noodles have plenty of sauce surrounding them, because they will boil in the sauce as they bake. (No pre-boiling required)
  8. Once all the mixture and noodles have been used up, top with remaining 1 Cup Mozzarella and place in freezer until frozen solid
  9. Remove from freezer and pull the lasagna out of the pan. Wrap tightly with tin foil and (if you have it) a layer of freezer paper.
  10. On cooking day:
  11. The night before you want to have lasagna, place in the fridge to defrost. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and remove all but the bottom layer of foil. Place the lasagna in the oven to defrost even more during preheating. Bake for 1 hour.
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Comments

  1. I wanted to make this lasagna and bring it for our first night at the beach. How would you suggest I handle the defrosting and then transporting it in the cooler? Should I take it out of the freezer the day before we travel and let it defrost in the fridge and bring it in a cooler that way? Or can I take from the freezer directly to the cooler and still be able to cook it that night? I’d hate to ruin this and be scrambling on our first night of vacation! Thanks so much!

    • Hey LJ! If I were you, I’d defrost before hitting the road and just keep it nice and cold in the cooler. Although it may defrost on its own in the cooler – I’d be worried about it still being frozen in the middle and ruining your first night’s dinner! Hope that helps :)

  2. I love this basic lasagna recipe! Do you use the no-boil pasta or regular pasta that you’d normally pre-boil?

    • I’m so glad you like it! I NEVER pre-boil, just make sure you surround the noodles with plenty of liquid so they bubble and cook while in the oven. That’s why this recipe is so dang saucy ;) I used to buy only the No-Boil, but really, regular pasta works fine too I’ve found.

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