Stove Top Lasagna

One of our family’s tried and true, simple to do recipes is Stove Top Lasagna. Everything we normally put in our 21 Layer Lasagna goes into our Stove Top Lasagna. The only difference is quantity and we switch the lasagna noodles out with penne noodles. This recipe is perfect for when you want lasagna but don’t have time to layer it and also when it is blazing hot out and you don’t want to turn your stove on. You can certainly add more like green peppers but this basic recipe is quick to come together!

Printable Directions: Stove Top Lasagna


  • 1 small onion, diced (not pictured)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of minced garlic * We love our Spice World Minced Garlic!
  • 1 lb ground beef/chuck
  • 1 lb of penne noodles
  • 16 oz of large curd cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • salt & pepper to taste (not pictured)
  • 1 can Hunts Spaghetti Sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Paremesan cheese (optional & not pictured)


Boil penne noodles as directed on box in a large stockpot.

Once fully cooked, drain and return to pot noodles originally were cooked in. I personally run cold water over my noodles while they are still in the strainer to stop the cooking process and then put them back in the original pot it was cooked in. I like my noodles to be al dente.

While the noodles are boiling add diced onions, minced garlic and ground beef to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat till meat is brown throughout. We are a garlic loving family! There are very few things we make in which garlic is not added. Our favorite ingredient in most dishes is the Spice World Minced Garlic! Squeeze the amount you need right into your recipe!

While waiting for the meat and noodles to cook, drain and rinse the cottage cheese in a strainer.

Place cottage cheese in a medium-sized bowl. Add the egg and salt and pepper to taste. Stir till well-combined and set aside. Drain grease from cooked brown beef/chuck if necessary once fully cooked.

Add cottage cheese mix and cook over medium heat until cottage cheese mix is heated throughout. The large curds will break down slightly but will keep their shape somewhat. If you use ricotta cheese versus cottage cheese in your lasagna, you certainly can use that in this step instead of the cottage cheese.

Add Hunts spaghetti sauce to the skillet of ground beef. A can of Hunts Spaghetti Sauce is typically around $1.00. Perfect price on our fixed income. They are packed full of flavor and what we always use in our Italian dishes!

Turn burner down to low-medium heat and cook until sauce is heated throughout.

Add spaghetti meat mix to the cooked noodles. Stir till well combined.

Add shredded mozzarella cheese and stir until cheese is well combined and melted throughout. It will get ooey-gooey and stringy…that is a really good thing!

Serve immediately with your favorite garlic bread! We buy fresh made bread from our local Sedalia Food Mart. We slice the loaf in half and slop on a good layer of butter/margarine. Sprinkle on garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Throw in the oven with the broiler on. Once the edges are deep golden in color, it’s done! Takes less than 5 minutes to make perfect garlic bread! Don’t forget to sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese!

Super delicious and both our 4-year-old and 16-year-old love it!



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