I was going through my old food magazines a few days ago and stumbled upon this recipe in one of the Kraft Whats Cooking magazines. I rarely make anything from them because they rely so much on pre-made Kraft products, but the only products this one calls for their brand of cheese products. The recipe says it only takes a little over an hour to make but I don’t know if it’s misleading or if I’m just super slow. It took me close to an hour just to prepare all the parts and throw it in the oven. I forgot to drain my tomatoes so I let it simmer a little longer to boil off some of the liquid. It doesn’t say when to cook the noodles, but I prepared mine just after making the cheese mixture, and I think I cooked the meat a little longer because ground beef makes me paranoid about germs. I also used fresh parmesan so I need to factor in time to grate the cheese. That being said, I think it was worth the effort. The cheese layer so so rich and creamy and I love the change from ricotta. I would definitely make this again.
1 lb. (450 g) extra-lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 pkg. (250 g) Philadelphia Light Brick Cream Cheese Spread, softened
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
2 cups Kraft 4 Cheese Italiano Light Shredded Cheese, divided
1/2 cup Kraft 100% Parmesan Light Grated Cheese, divided
1 egg, beaten
1 jar (700 mL) pasta sauce
1-1/2 cups no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
12 lasagne noodles, cooked
HEAT oven to 350°F.
BROWN meat with onions in large skillet. Meanwhile, mix cream cheese spread, cottage cheese, 1-1/2 cups shredded cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan and egg until well blended.
DRAIN meat; return to skillet. Stir in pasta sauce, tomatoes and oregano; simmer 5 min. Remove from heat. Spoon 1 cup meat sauce onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish; top with layers of 3 lasagne noodles, 1 cup cheese mixture and 1 cup meat sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining noodles, meat sauce, shredded cheese and Parmesan; cover.
BAKE 50 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 40 min. Let stand 10 min. before cutting to serve.
Kraft kitchens tips: Spray the foil with cooking spray before using to cover the lasagne to help prevent the foil from sticking to the melted cheese on the baked lasagne.