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Three Cheese and Sausage Lasagna without Ricotta

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


For the sauce:

  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning or a mix of dried basil and oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

To make the lasagna:

  • 12 no-bake lasagna noodles
  • 1 15 ounce container of whole milk cottage cheese OR sour cream
  • 2 cups whole milk mozzarella shredded
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese


  • Cook the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat.  Transfer to a 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 for 2 minutes more.  Add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper, and return the cooked meat to the sauce.  Simmer for 15 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • Combine cottage cheese and 1 cup mozzarella in a medium bowl.  Mix in the egg and 1/4 teaspoon of each salt and pepper.
  • Preheat the 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 15 minutes before serving.


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