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The Best Lasagna without Ricotta

Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian- American
Keyword: lasagna with sausage, lasagna with smoked mozzarella, lasagna without ricotta
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


For the sauce:

  • 1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage casings remove
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed pepper
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

To make the lasagna:

  • 12 no-bake lasagna noodles
  • 1 15 ounce container whole milk cottage cheese
  • 1 cup smoked mozzarella shredded
  • 1 cup whole milk mozzarella shredded
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese


  • Cook the ground beef and sausage and in a large skillet over medium heat.  Transfer to large bowl and pour out excess grease.
  • In the same pan, heat the olive oil and cook the onion until soft, about 4 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes more.  Add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper, and return the cooked meat to the sauce.  Simmer 15 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • Combine cottage cheese and 1/2 cup of each type of mozzarella in a medium bowl.  Mix in the egg and 1/4 teaspoon of each salt and pepper.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brush a 13 x 9 pan with olive oil.  Layer 1 cup of the tomato sauce on the bottom, 1/4 of a cup of the cheese, 1 tablespoon of the parmesan, and 3 lasagna noodles.  Repeat 3 more times.  Sprinkle the top with 1 cup of shredded mozzarella and the remaining tablespoon of parmesan cheese.
  • Cover tightly and bake covered for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake 15 minutes more.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving, and serve immediately.


To make ahead, assemble completely and refrigerator for 1 day or freeze, unbaked, for up to 1 month.


Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 594mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 382IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 2mg