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Reader Recipe: Kentucky Lasagna Casserole

Beef, Cheese, Pasta & Noodles

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  • 12-15

Submitted by Johnna Prater


  • Sauce:
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp each oregano, parsley and basil
  • ½ tsp each of rosemary, ground fennel, salt and sugar
  • 2 jars spaghetti sauce
  • 2 (15 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • Cheese filling:
  • 16 oz cottage cheese
  • 2 C shredded mozzarella
  • ½ C grated Parmesan
  • 2 eggs ½ C milk
  • Pasta:
  • 1 (12 oz) bag egg noodles
  • Topping:
  • 2 C shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 C seasoned Italian breadcrumbs


Set large pot of salted water to boil and preheat oven to 350°. Cook onion and meat in large skillet until meat is browned and onions are translucent; then add garlic and herbs and cook another minute until fragrant. Add spaghetti sauce and tomatoes and bring to simmer. Season with more salt and sugar to taste, then set aside. In separate bowl, mix cheese filling ingredients until smooth. Once water boils, cook noodles for 1–1-1/2 minutes, then rinse with cold water and drain. To assemble, spread 3 cups sauce mixture in deep 9-by-13- inch baking dish. Layer with half of noodles, then half of remaining sauce. Next, spread with cheese mixture, followed by remaining noodles, and top with remaining sauce. Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes. Uncover, add topping, then bake 20 minutes until browned. Allow to set 10–15 minutes. Serves 12–15. 

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