Cheesy Layered Ground Beef & Pasta Casserole

Cheesy Layered Ground Beef & Pasta Casserole

Makes 4- 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh garlic (or to taste)
  • Fresh sliced mushrooms, any amount
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided (or to taste)
  • 3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese (or to taste)
  • 4 cups medium noodles
  • 1 cup cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese or cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large lasagna dish. Cook the pasta until only firm-tender; drain and transfer to a bowl, toss with a couple tablespoons oil to prevent sticking; set aside.
  2. In a skillet, cook ground beef, onion, jalapenos (if using), mushrooms and minced garlic until meat is brown and cooked; stir in ½ cup Parmesan cheese, tomato sauce, salt and pepper, stir until heated through.
  3. Spread ½ meat sauce on bottom of pan. Spread ½ noodles on top of sauce. Top noodles with 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Mix 1 cup cottage cheese with ½ cup sour cream and ½ cup Parmesan cheese. Spread over mozzarella cheese.
  4. Top with remaining tomato sauce, noodles, and remaining mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup Parmesan cheese. Bake, covered for 20 minutes, uncover casserole (you can sprinkle with grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese if desired). Return to oven to bake for another 10-15 minutes or until bubbly.