Overnight No-Boil Lasagna – seriously THE BEST lasagna we’ve ever eaten!!! SO easy to make and you don’t have to boil your noodles! The noodles “cook” overnight and are perfect. Lasagna noodles, cottage cheese, italian sausage, spaghetti sauce, water, mozzarella, garlic and parmesan. Serve with some garlic bread and a salad. Can freeze leftovers for later. We LOVE this lasagna casserole recipe!!!
Lasagna is a Christmas tradition in our house. It goes back to when I was a kid and HATED turkey and dressing. My Mom would make her lasagna for Christmas Eve, and I would leftover lasagna for Christmas dinner. Now I will eat some turkey and dressing for Christmas dinner, but we still make lasagna for Christmas Eve.
I found a recipe for Overnight No-Boil Lasagna in one of my cookbooks. I thought it sounded like a great idea! I LOVE make ahead meals – especially at the holidays.
I was skeptical about the noodles in this Overnight No-Boil Lasagna. I used regular lasagna noodles, not the no-boil kind. I was worried that they wouldn’t expand, but they did! It was magic!!!
I took one big shortcut to my Mom’s lasagna recipe. I used a jar of spaghetti sauce instead of making her homemade sauce. I used a jar of Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (it has a green label). The homemade sauce for my Mom’s lasagna is AMAZING! I just didn’t want to spend an afternoon tending to the sauce, so I used a jar of sauce this time.
The key to getting the noodles perfect is the extra water added to the sauce. The noodles absorb the water overnight and they turn out exactly perfect. I LOVED not having to boil the noodles. It takes SO long for the water to boil. Plus it adds another pot to wash (for Chicken Legs to wash, that is). It was nice to just put them in the casserole uncooked.
This Overnight No-Boil Lasagna was a huge hit in our house! I ate WAY too much of this!! I can not wait to make this again for Christmas. We served this with some garlic bread and a simple salad. SUPER easy!!! I froze the leftovers for a quick meal later. I cut the leftover lasagna into individual servings then wrapped them in freezer wrap and popped them in the freezer. It tastes just a delicious reheated! I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!!
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Overnight No-Boil Lasagna
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 55 MINStotal time: 65 mins
1 lb Italian sausage, removed from casings
1 (26-oz) jar spaghetti sauce
3/4 to 1 cup water (depending on how thin your jarred sauce is)
1 (24-oz) container cottage cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp dried parsley
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked
16-oz mozzarella cheese slices
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat; drain. Stir in sauce and water. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a bowl, combine cottage cheese, egg and parsley. Set aside.
Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Spread 1-1/2 cups meat sauce in bottom of pan. Top with 6 lasagna noodles, lengthwise and overlapping to cover.
Top noodles with half of the cottage cheese, top with third of mozzarella cheese. Spoon 1-1/2 cups sauce over cheese; sprinkle with 1/4 cup parmesan.
Repeat layering; starting with 6 lasagna noodles and ending with 1-1/2 cups sauce and parmesan cheese. Spread with remaining sauce; top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Bake lasagna covered for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake uncovered an additional 30 minutes, until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.