This recipe was a first timer but certainly not a last timer! It was so good and even the kids loved it! Caution: it makes a big portion! I shared with the neighbors because it made so much! A good idea would be to split it into two pans and freeze one!
2 lbs. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 15 oz. cans tomato sauce
1 12 oz. can tomato paste
1 15 oz. can water
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp garlic salt
salt and pepper to taste
24 oz. cottage cheese
2 lbs. mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
1 16 0z. box mini farfalle (bow tie) pasta
2 tsp vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with non stick spray. Set aside.
In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onions over medium heat.
Sprinkle garlic salt, salt and pepper on ground beef while cooking.
Cook ground beef until done. Drain fat. Return to pan.
Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, oregano, basil to meat mixtures. Stir until combined.
Cover and cook over low heat for 20-25 minutes.
In a large pot, add water and oil. Bring to boil over medium heat.
Add pasta and cook until al dente.
Drain, rinse pasta. Set aside.
Spoon 1/3 of the meat mixture in the bottom the prepared baking dish.
Add 1/2 of the pasta to cover meat mixture.
Spoon 1/2 of cottage cheese and cover pasta.
Sprinkle 1/3 of grated mozzarella cheese over the top of cottage cheese.
Next spread another 1/3 of meat mixture, parmesan cheese, remaining pasta, remaining cottage cheese, 1/3 mozzarella cheese in that order.
Lastly, add remaining meat mixture and remaining cheese.
Cover with foil. Place in oven for 1 hour. Remove foil and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes until heated through.
We served it with garlic bread and it was soooo delicious!
Want another delicious dinner idea? Try this!