Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
20 min
55 min

4 servings

  • Salt
  • 1 package lasagna noodles
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups cottage cheese (small curd)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Boil noodles according to package directions. Drain and arrange in casserole (see below).

While noodles are boiling, brown beef in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, adding chopped onion, garlic and oregano to meat as it cooks. When meat has browned, drain off fat and then add tomato soup and apple cider vinegar. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven for 350 degrees F.

Spray a medium casserole dish with a nonstick cooking spray. Lay noodles lengthwise across bottom of casserole dish. Spread a layer of cottage cheese over top of noodles. Add a layer of meat mixture, then cover with mozzarella cheese and repeat for a total of 3 layers. Finish with a layer of cheese and bake for 30 minutes or until bubbling. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

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    My Mom has made this for years and years... everyone always raves about it : 
    It's goof-proof and delish. The soup and cottage cheese do seem weird, but this is GOOD!
    Sandra Lee is successful, cute, and probably a lovely person. Her tablescapes are clever and often inspiring. However, TOMATO SOUP in lasagne frightens me! I thought Sandra had more class than that. One might better eat Franco American canned spaghetti. I will give Sandra the benefit of the doubt & assume she created this recipe before her involvement with the prominent and refined family of Andrew Cuomo. Sandra, please don't serve this recipe in the Governor's mansion.
    If you have not tried this then you should not rate it!!!!! :( I am a good cook and I will try it first, then rate it! By the way, she does have class! 
    I made this when my little brother, a very picky eater, came over for Sunday dinner. I didn't tell him that it was cottage cheese and not ricotta and he never noticed. This is a great, healthy alternative and very yummy as well.
    Good, but too meaty and not enough sauce. I would put a little less oregano too.
    Why would anybody make this recipe, when it's so easy and inexpensive to make lasagna the right way? Ughh.
    Why wouldn't you just buy a jar of pasta sauce? And the ricotta is RIGHT NEXT to the cottage cheese? Why would you do this?
    Personally I hate ricotta. I like this alternative!
    Please rename this to "Noodley Meat-O Tomato Souperiffic Yum Yum Time" because this is not lasagna. I am sure the substance tastes good enough but to use tomato soup in an italian dish is worse than using a jarred sauce to make it.
     Don't tell Mario Batali about this. He'll weep and curse at the skies.
     Oh god he's probably on this website right now! Mario, no don't look! NOOOOOO!
    Mario is a food snob anyways!
    This recipe is awful. To label this as Italian is a disgrace. Ricotta, Tomato Sauce (if you don't have a recipe, look up Ina's or Tyler Florence's - they use whole San Marzanos and they are both great), and Parmesan... are staples in a good lasagna. And oregano? That's for pizza sauce. This is almost as ridiculous as the time she sauteed turkey cutlets with a cherry sauce.
    This dish was awesome.My family already wants another lasagna night! Even my sister wants in on the dish.
    i read alot of review while i was making this and alot are mixed but i loved this dish! u cant taste the tomato soup or apple cider in the meat at all! when i put the layers in i put big squares of mozzerlla cheese on top with a little tomato sauce on top not to dry out the pasta. and it was not runny at all! my husband and his friend ate many leftovers too! i love sandra lees recipes!
    I had never made a lasagna untill now and iam verry pleased with the results of this recipe!! my husband and i loved it even my picky 3 year old. Thank you sandra.
    My husband and I both thought this was really tasty! I do agree that it was runny, but still good and easy to make!
    While it's not the best tasting lasagna I've ever had, it's easy to make if you've never made lasagna before (like me). The simplicity of it makes it easy to tweak to your own liking. I think seasoning the beef more with onion and peppers may help it taste a little more "authentic." I actually didn't mind the tomato soup since I've used it before in baked spaghetti, but there is a heartiness you miss with not using sauce. I'll probably make it again with some adjustments.
    It tasted like a frozen dinner lasagna. I was very dissapointed in this one. I will not be making this one again
    This was the worst lasagna ever! The combination of tomato soup and vinegar gave the meat mixture a runny consistency, along with a nasty taste. Not sure if using cottage cheese instead of ricotta was a good idea either. I will never use this recipe again.
    Refer to title for review. That's about it.
    Another family favorite. We just love this recipe. Thank you!
    love this receipe it is very easy to make and it is delicious. love it.
    This lasagna is so delicious! My family LOVES it... it's so easy too!
    I thought this might be weird, but all the flavors blend together perfectly.
     Tastes better the next day!
    I thought that the tomato soup was too sweet. If I were to make it again, I would drain the cottage cheese more as it made it really runny. It was okay but I probably won't make it again.
    Wasn't sure about the tomato soup, but it turned out delicious! Everyone loved it!
    I live in Poland so finding all the ingredients isn't easy :) I made some adjustments and instead of using tomato soup, I made a sauce with a tomato paste/pre made sauce. It turned out great!! :)
    The first time I made this, I questioned the ingredients the whole time I was cooking but the end result was wonderful! This is definitely not traditional lasagna but its hands down the best I've had. Even my "picky eaters" love this. It's now a family favorite.
    The tomato soup was just horrible. We threw it out.
    Forget for one moment the Cottage Cheese over Ricotta. Forget the Vinegar. But there is no way to get over cans of Tomato Soup instead of a Tomato Sauce.
     If you're looking for an easy way out, get take-out. If you're cleaning out your cupboards, donate the ingredients before you try this mistake. Just the thought of it makes me want to lick dryer lint to get the taste out of my minds tongue.
    I have never been able to make a decent lasagna until now. This was by far the best I have ever tasted. I never would've thought to use soup. I make this all the time now. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT
    this lasagna is soooo freakin' good. i have probably made it 20 times. make it just like the recipe says with no substitutions because this one is a keeper!
    Made this for some friends and it really went well. I read the other user reviews and noted that there was a running trend of people tinkering with it, so I did as well.
     I added some ricotta cheese and halved the tomato soup, adding in marinara to replace. Also added some green peppers to the meat while it was browning to season it a little more. Then I threw some pepperoni slices into the layers -- but not too much. Wanted to add a little more spice, but not dominate.
     End result was great. Everyone went back for seconds, and the finnicky one didn't even mind that there was pepperoni (something he normally does not enjoy), so I felt good about my tinkering.
     Great base recipe to start with and make your own.
    My husband and I have't liked the other Sandra Lee recipes we've tried, but this was amazing! I liked the different flavor - lighter than other lasagna I've made.
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