It’s just that easy.
Just don’t forget to set a timer to remind yourself when the cooking time is up. Even after decades of cooking, I still rely heavily on these buzzers to jog my memory when food needs to be checked. They have saved me from many a burned meal when I got absorbed in doing something elsewhere in the house.
In this case, the soup simplifies the process enough to make it very worthwhile, in my opinion. The alternative for this recipe would be to make a cream mushroom sauce from scratch, something that is certainly doable, but time consuming and probably not at all realistic for most families.
I also feel that since this recipe makes 12-16 servings, the sodium content is diluted somewhat. So while I might not recommend eating canned soup every day, occasionally it’s fine for most of us who have no blood pressure issues.
This recipe costs less than $12, putting it at around $1 – or somewhat less - per serving. When served with a tossed green salad and whole grain garlic bread of some type, the total per person meal cost comes in at well under $1.50. Pretty darned cheap for a meal that packs lots of nutrition and flavor.
Here's the recipe:
Makes about 8-10 hearty servings
Freezes very well
Prep time – Approx. 15 minutes
Start to finish time – Approx. 2 hours
Total recipe cost – Approx. $10.00
Total per person meal cost with fresh bread and tossed salad – Approx. $1.75
3 10-ounce cans mushroom soup
2½ cups low fat or skim milk (or you can substitute yogurt)
2 10-ounce packages frozen, chopped broccoli
24 ounces low fat cottage cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
8 ounces mozzarella, brick form or pre-grated (2 cups)
½ cup Parmesan cheese
15 lasagna noodles, preferably whole grain (1 pound box)
1-2 teaspoons ground pepper (approximately)
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Thaw the 2 boxes of chopped broccoli in a microwavable container (sometimes the box itself is microwavable, so you can just put it on a plate in its package) in the microwave for about 3 minutes. Set aside.
- Break the 3 eggs into a medium mixing bowl and beat lightly with a fork. Add the 24 ounces of cottage cheese and mix together well with the beaten egg.
- Empty the 3 cans of mushroom soup into a different, large mixing bowl and slowly blend in the 2½ cups of milk with a whisk, removing any lumps and blending well. Stir in the 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. Set aside.
- Grate the 8 ounces of mozzarella onto a plate or measure out 2 cups of pre-grated and set aside.
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- Spread about ½ cup of the mushroom soup mixture onto the bottom of a 10 x 13 lasagna pan.
- Top the mushroom soup with 5 of the lasagna noodles (4 lengthwise and 1 crosswise - you will have to break the crosswise one to get it to fit).
- Sprinkle a bit of pepper over the noodles.
- Spread about one-third (2½ cups) of the mushroom soup mix over the noodles
- Then sprinkle one-third (⅔ cup) of the mozzarella, and one-third (2½ tablespoons) of the Parmesan over the top.
- Follow this by layering one-half (1 box or 1¼ cups) of the broccoli, and one-half (1½ cups) of the cottage cheese mix as evenly as possible over the top of the other ingredients.
- Put another layer of 5 lasagna noodles on top of this. Sprinkle pepper over the noodles.
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and one-half of cottage cheese or ricotta.
9. Top with last 5 lasagna noodles, sprinkled with pepper and followed by the
rest of the mushroom soup mix, mozzarella, and Parmesan.
NOTE: If the lasagna fills the pan all the way to the top, you may find it
less messy to wait to put the final layer of mozzarella and Parmesan
cheeses on until the lasagna has cooked (see step 13).
10. Cover the pan tightly with foil. Place the pan on a cookie sheet (to catch
any dripping overflow) and place it in the pre-heated oven. Set a timer and
cook for about 65-70 minutes.
11. Meanwhile, prepare and wash the salad greens and leave to drain while
the lasagna is cooking.
12. When the timer goes off, remove the pan from the oven and check for
doneness by piercing the lasagna with a knife. When it goes all the way
through without resistance, it is done. If it is not done, then return it to the
oven and set the timer for additional 15 minute increments until it is done.
13. When the lasagna is done, increase the oven temperature to 400ºF. If you
have not already done so, add the rest of the mozzarella and Parmesan
cheese at this time, and return the pan to the oven, uncovered. Cook an
additional 10 -15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and somewhat
14. Make the garlic bread, if desired.
15. When the timer goes off again, remove the lasagna pan from the oven
and let it stand for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
16. Serve with fresh or garlic bread, if desired, and a tossed salad.