Baking for Family Fun

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Baking for Family Fun

Making Memories That Will Last a Lifetime

Dinnertime is one of the most important times of my family’s day. We catch up. We laugh. We talk about school. And best of all, we eat a healthy meal together. I started cooking at a very young age, and I want my kids to learn the same trade. Once a month, I have my kids choose a meal and make it together. They love it!

This month, the meal was lasagna and tossed salad. My older son works on the stove and chops with a knife, while my younger daughters do the pouring and measuring duties (it’s all about safety!). Their super-scrumptious lasagna recipe is kid-made, mom approved.

Lasagna With Tossed Salad

Lasagna With Tossed Salad

Ingredients:

Lasagna With Tossed Salad Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (32-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (24-ounce) container Hiland Dairy Cottage Cheese
  • 3 cups Hiland Dairy Colby Jack Cheese, shredded and divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 lasagna noodles, cooked

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large saucepan over medium heat, brown the ground beef and onions. Drain the grease.

Lasagna With Tossed Salad Step 1

Add spaghetti sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the cottage cheese, 2 cups shredded cheese, eggs, grated Parmesan cheese, dried parsley, salt and pepper.

Lasagna With Tossed Salad Step 2

Assemble lasagna in layers, starting by spreading 3/4 cup of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Next, add 4 lasagna noodles. Then, add 1 1/2 cups of the cottage cheese mixture and top with 1 cup meat sauce. Repeat layering twice.

Lasagna With Tossed Salad Step 3

Top with remaining noodles, sauce and cheese. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with a fresh tossed salad with your favorite dressing and warm bread sticks.

Print this recipe.

Diva’s Tip

You can use uncooked lasagna noodles, too! Simply add ½ cup water to the edges of the dish before baking. And don’t forget to serve everyone a tall glass of Hiland Dairy Milk to complete the meal.

The Dairy Diva

~The Dairy Diva

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