Cottage Cheese Lasagna

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This delicious twist on a favorite dish – a Cottage Cheese Lasagna – swaps cottage cheese for ricotta in a delicious, decadent, and amazing lasagna the whole family will love! 

layered lasagna with beef and cottage cheese and parsley on

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Creamy Cottage Cheese Lasagna

My Grandma was the sweetest lady. She would do anything for her kids and her grandkids- and now that my kids are getting older, I have really started to wish they could have met my amazing grandma who died when I was just 13. I tell my kids about her all the time- and we like to talk to her in heaven.

As my kids grow, I have tried to incorporate more and more of my mom and my grandma’s favorite recipes for them to enjoy. While there are quite a few family recipes my kids turn their nose up at, they can’t get enough of my sweet Grandma’s Date Nut Bread and this delicious, comforting Cottage Cheese Lasagna.

layered lasagna with beef and cottage cheese and parsley on

My Grandmother was about the furthest thing from Italian- her family is a very stereotypically large Irish Catholic family with some ancestry possibly extending back to Germany- which isn’t exactly a background you would equate to killer lasagnas. But man, her lasagnas were the absolute best! Tons of cheese and delicious layers of meat and vegetables- they were amazing.

I’ve been making lasagna (with cottage cheese) my whole life- which initially horrified my husband. I’ve turned him into a convert though- he really loves both ways now- but my kids are the ones who really flip for this lasagna. Even my picky son, who we battle with at almost every meal, shouts “yessss!! woo! ITS LASAGNA TIME!!!! oh yea, oh yea! “. So cute! And even more special that my son loves my grandma’s recipe.

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A plate with a slice of lasagna made with cottage cheese on it.

Cottage Cheese Lasagna

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Delicious cheesy hearty lasagna replaces the ricotta with creamy cottage cheese for a delicious budget friendly option!


  • 1 lb italian sausage
  • 1 lasagna noodles, package bake-ready
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 zucchini, finely diced
  • 1 eggplant, skinned and diced small
  • 2 bell peppers, diced (optional)
  • 1 large jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 large package mozzarella


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a heavy pan, brown 1 lb italian sausage
  3. Add diced vegetables to pan and brown.
  4. Add sauce when vegetables and sausage has browned.
  5. Layer noodles, sauce/veggie/meat mix, cottage cheese and mozzarella in casserole dish.
  6. Layer four more times- and top with a final layer of noodles, sauce, and mozzarella.
  7. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes covered with foil, until sauce starts bubbling.
  8. Uncover and keep cooking until cheese is golden brown- about 30-40 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 253Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 36mgSodium 573mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 16g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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  1. I have always made my lasagna with cottage cheese (slightly cheaper than ricotta) and if I don’t make the lasagna my family loves cottage cheese so a win win either way. I also make mine with parmesan cheese, cooked spinach and an egg in the cheese layer. I prefer to use homemade sauce (just me try to avoid processed food) with ground beef instead of sausage, and most often I will make a large batch of spaghetti sauce, then make lasagna the next day with leftover sauce. I also put garlic and grated carrot into my tomato sauce, use zuchinni when in season, but have not tried with eggplant will have to try that. Thanks for the tips hope you enjoy mine.

  2. Yum I love myself a good lasagna! I have made one with cottage cheese before but I need to do it again! Thank you for sharing with us at #ThrowbackThursday we hope to see you again this week!

  3. I’ve always made lasagna with cottage cheese too! That’s just the way my mom did it, so figured everyone else did too! This recipe looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – hope to see you again this weekend.

  4. Hi Courtney, thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling sunday, though I’m sorry I can’t have any recipes on the party that go against jewish dietary law namely in this case that combine milk and meat. I really need to publish the party rules again, so sorry about that and look forward to seeing more great things from you!

  5. I love lasagna & have my grandparents recipe from Italy. I had cottage cheese lasagna when I was back in the mid west. But, I can’t bare to swap, our family loves ricotta. Looks amazing though. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the party.

  6. My son will like it. I keep your recipe for tomorrow meal. Thank you from Tasty Tuesday Creative K Kids. I pinned your post at Pinterest board.

  7. I’ve had a lot of lasagna in my day, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried cottage cheese lasagna – it sounds/looks amazing!

  8. I would totally be like your son, wooh, yeah, oh oh lasagna!!! Seriously this makes my stomach growl 🙂 My husband hates ricotta so I have always substituted cottage cheese, to give a creamier texture. LOVE the veggie additions!