Busy Day Lasagna

This Lasagna style dinner is a perfect go to recipe when you need something yummy to do with leftovers or to take to a sick friend.

I first came across this dinner when a dear friend brought it to my family as a dinner many years ago when I was recovering from surgery. I have been the beneficiary of this delicious gift several times through the years, and it never disappoints. When she shared the recipe in a church cookbook, I just kept right on making it!

I have always made spaghetti sauce in  huge batches, and then repurposed some of the leftovers into several other meals, like Pizza Subs as well as todays recipe.

Jan's Tip: The recipe  original calls for rigatoni pasta, but I use what ever I have on hand. My husband prefers "flat " pasta over tube pasta, and I had half a bag of whole wheat egg noodles to use up today. Just grab whatever you prefer.

Today I am making only half the recipe since it's just me and the hubby, but the full recipe should feed a family of 4-6 easy.

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Busy Day Lasagna
Serves 4-6


8 oz. pasta ( Your choice: Rigatoni, Ziti, Egg Noodles, etc.)
1 lb jar spaghetti sauce or 2 cups homemade (I use leftovers)
1 c. cottage or ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
  • In bottom of 2 quart casserole dish put a few spoonsful, of sauce
  • Arrange half the pasta in the pan.
  • Cover with all the cottage or Ricotta Cheese
  • Top with half the sauce and both cheeses
  • Repeat the layers, ending with the cheeses.
  • Bake at 375° for 20 min. till warm and bubbly.
What do you do with your leftover Spaghetti Sauce?


  1. THis looks so easy and good. Gonna have to try it sometime.

  2. I'll pin and give this yumminess a try . Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥

  3. Looks so good! Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you will be able to join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/03/try-new-recipe-tuesday-march-11.html


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