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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Meatball Lasagna by Jackie

Ingredients:24 meatballs *(see recipe for Jackie's Homemade Meatballs)
4 3/4 cups Ragu**
6 cups cooked bite-size pasta
2 eggs, beaten
1 pint cottage cheese
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
12 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
Parmesan Cheese

Run cottage cheese through the blender to give smooth consistency. 
Combine cottage cheese, eggs, and Italian seasoning. 
Spoon 1 3/4c. Ragu on bottom of 9x13" baking dish. 
Layer remaining ingredients in this order: 
  1. Noodles
  2. Cottage cheese mixture
  3. 1 c. of the shredded mozzarella
  4. Meatballs
  5. 3 cups of Ragu
  6. 2 cups mozzarella cheese 
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.   Cover with a layer of plastic wrap and a layer of aluminum foil.  Label and freeze.
Serving Day:
Thaw completely.  Remove plastic wrap and aluminum foil.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

*You could use store bought meatballs, but you would need to add more if they are small.  I feel like the homemade recipe provides a more flavorful meatball, which makes a more flavorful lasagna.

** This is more than a regular size jar of Ragu, but less than 2 jars. I felt like 1 jar wasn't enough, but 2 was too much. I would just use the leftover sauce for dipping garlic bread, or freeze it for later.


  1. My family loved the meatballs on this. The meal was very large. Enough for 2 meals for our family. When our boys get older it may not be enough :) I think you could have added both jars and it not be too much. For leftovers, it seemed kind of dry and just threw out the noodles and just ate the meatballs. It was a bit cheesy, so if you wanted to cut back on the cheese that would be fine. Very delicious overall!

  2. This was more than enough to feed a family of 6. I gave away 1/2 of this meal to a new mom who just had a baby, they loved this meal as well. This is why I love FF!