Poor Man’s Lasagna Recipe

March 30, 2014 10 Comments

Easy Pasta Lasagna Freezer Meal!

This is still my husband’s favorite dinner. It is simple and cheap, so I’m totally fine with it. Actually, the whole family likes it a lot, so this meal is really a regular occurrence around here. I first found this recipe in my good old family cookbook and I have adapted it a bit over time.

poor man's lasagna

I usually use penne pasta, but it definitely works with other noodles, like farfalle, fusilli, radiatore and more. In fact, changing up the noodles sometimes makes it feel like a whole new dish to the kids. ;) In the picture above, I used a tricolor penne (Ronzoni Garden Delight).  Find pasta coupons.

making poor mans lasagna

Keep it simple and easy by using one pot to boil the pasta and then to mix together the cream cheese, cottage cheese, and pasta. The warmth of the pot and cooked noodles also helps to melt the cream cheese into the mixture.

Using a store-bought pasta sauce is easy and also brings some extra flavor. Plus, you can often find sales and coupons to help you bring home the pasta sauce for cheap. Find pasta sauce coupons.

assembling poor mans lasagna for the freezer

Because my family doesn’t eat much at this time, I usually split the poor man’s lasagna between two 8×8 pans. Then I can easily freeze one for later and bake the other for dinner. I have found that the already-baked leftovers freeze okay too, if needed.


freezer meal poor mans lasagna

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  1. Any suggestions on what flavor of pasta sauce and what type of cheese? Thanks!

    • Melanie says:

      I usually go with the regular flavor red sauce, or a cheesy one, or garlic-y one. You could really use any flavor you like.
      The cheese is pretty flexible too. I usually use cheddar, or mozzarella, or a combination of both, or a shredded Italian blend.

  2. Joyce Bettridge says:

    I’m going to try it with creamy goat cheese (cream cheese is a no-no for me). I may add a few layers of spinach also. Cant wait to try it!

  3. I made this for dinner- packaged half for another time. Hubby loved it! A great pantry fave!

  4. I just need cottage cheese … but I can splurge for that cheesy goodness up there! Thanks Melanie!

  5. Pamela Carter says:

    I cooked this dish last night. It was delicious! My daughter loved this as well! Great recipe. It was very inexpensive (used stockpile supply) and we have leftovers for tonight.

  6. Thank you for sharing this. I can’t wait to try this. It looks yummy


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