Start with a skillet and finish with a slow cooker. A saute of onion, garlic and ground beef is simmered with tomato and oregano, then layered in a slow cooker with raw lasagna noodles and a creamy blend of cottage cheese, Parmesan and mozzarella.
A host of vegetables are in every bite of this substantial casserole. Onions, garlic, mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, oregano and brown sugar are in the sauce, while spinach, cottage cheese, basil, eggs Parmesan and mozzarella make the filling.
'This recipe is a favorite of my vegetarian friends,' writes Virginia Anthony of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. 'I lightened it by using egg substitute and reduced-fat cheese. I also added a few more vegetables.'
Creamy and comforting, this noodle casserole combines sauteed onion and bell peppers with ground beef, tomatoes, mushrooms and olives. Layer with cooked fettuccine, Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese, and pour mushroom soup over the top.