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Chunky Lasagna Recipe

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Make this Italian favorite just a wee bit healthier with the addition of some summer veggies! I hope you enjoy this Chunky Lasagna Recipe and that you will make it for your family! Make sure to check out our other Dinner Recipes before you leave!


  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1.5 pounds of ground meat
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 onion
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 – 15oz containers of ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups of cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 tsp of salt

First, start to brown your meat. I used beef, but you could use ground chicken, turkey, lamb, etc. Also, preheat your oven to 375.

a closeup of a pan of ground beef being broken up with a wooden spatula

While that is browning, work on chopping up your veggies. I used an onion and a zucchini and finely diced them up.

After your meat has browned, drain off the fat. I do this by using a colander in the sink, while hot water is running alongside it. It helps to add some dish detergent to the drain to break up the grease. If you’re not comfortable doing this, you can dispose of the grease in the trash after it has cooled. Once your meat is drained, you can add your chopped veggies and sauté on medium until the onions are translucent, about 8 minutes.

a pan of browned ground beef with diced onion and zucchini added to it

Next, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Then add your lasagna noodles and cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes, using a large serving fork to keep them separated.

While your pasta is cooking, add your seasonings to your meat/veggie mixture. I added 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp Italian seasoning, 2 tsp of salt, and a tsp of pepper.

meat and veggie mixture  with seasonings added being mixed in a pan with a wooden spatula

After that is mixed in well, add your entire jar of spaghetti sauce. I like this tomato basil garlic sauce from Walmart. Look how chunky, yummy that looks. Simmer that for about 10 minutes on low.

While that is simmering, make your cheese mixture. I used 2 containers of ricotta, 2 cups of cottage, and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheeses, in which I added two eggs and the remaining amounts of seasonings.

a lasagna cheese mixture with seasonings added to it

Now, let’s build your lasagna. Start by adding about 1.5 cups of the meat sauce mixture to the bottom of a 9×12 baking pan.

meat sauce for a lasagna added to a 9x12 baking pan

Next, add three of your lasagna noodles.

lasagna noodles added to a pan with a meat sauce mixture

Now, add half of your cheese mixture.

a cheese mixture being added to the top of lasagna noodles in a baking pan

Next, add half of your meat sauce mixture.

meat sauce being added to the top of the cheese mixture of a lasagna with a wooden spatula

Last, add half of the bag of mozzarella cheese. Then sprinkle on some garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

mozzarella cheese added to a lasagna recipe

Now, you want to repeat the three steps before this last one. Another layer of the pasta noodles, the cheese mixture, and the meat sauce. Before you put on the other half of the mozzarella cheese, add the last three lasagna noodles. Then top it with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle it again with the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cover with foil and bake on 375 for 30 minutes.

a pan of lasagna ready to go in the oven

After 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is nicely melted on top. Once it’s finished, remove the lasagna from the oven and let it sit 10 minutes before cutting into it. Then enjoy with some garlic bread and a side salad!

a lasagna that has been baked for 30 minutes

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Kathy

    Yum yum! How easy and quick! My kind of recipe!

    1. JRandLBriska

      I’m glad you like it! Thank you Ms Kathy!

  2. Kathy

    Yum! I haven’t made lasagna in years. I’m definitely trying this.

    1. JRandLBriska

      It’s a good one and it’s even better the next day! Hope you like it! Thanks Ms Kathy!

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