The Bachelor’s Lasagna (that a woman will want to make too) 8

I once went on a first date with a man who didn’t actually feed me. Everything leading up to the date was great. He was mildly attractive. He made good conversation on the phone, complete with remembering things we’d talked about from the night we’d met. He said the restaurant/bar had amazing pork sliders. How bad could it be? I spent the first 20 minutes thinking, he wants to draw this out and allow a lot of room for conversation. What a sweet guy. He wants to get to know me.

And then my stomach started grumbling. I spent the next 20 minutes wondering if I’d been mistaken. I could have sworn we’d talked about food. To make matters worse, the woman sitting near us had sweet potato fries and a huge burger. I was nearly drooling.

By minute 44, I had drunk five pops and I was not so casually looking at the menu. My stomach was rumbling so loud I could feel the vibrations when I put my hand against it. Needless to say, he didn’t take the hint.

Fellas, I’m going to give you a gift. (Ladies, you’ll enjoy this too.) Sure, some women pretend not to eat. But honey, we eat and it’s a good idea to feed us. Though I am a definite proponent of a man who can choose a good restaurant, eventually you’re going to want to bring her home. Every guy needs at least one dish he can make and make well. It doesn’t need to be Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon, but it should be hearty, warm, and say, “Eat me. Come back for seconds.”

This lasagna is just that kind of dish. If you want leftovers, you might think about making two.

Serves 8

The original version of this came from one of my old basketball coaches. He was a real ball buster. The kind of coach who could rip you up one side and down the other. At first, I wasn’t his biggest fan. After he made us this lasagna, I saw him in a whole new light. I think we all did.

1 TBS olive oil
1 red onion, sliced thinly
Salt and pepper
1 medium zucchini, sliced thinly
1 medium yellow squash, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, minced
25.5 ounces Spaghetti Sauce (You can use a jar if you’d like or homemade)
1 Box Lasagna Noodles (you will use 10 noodles for this dish)
16 ounces container cottage cheese
16 ounces cheese, grated (I like a four cheese mix)
1 lb Meat (I prefer buying a roasted chicken from the grocery store, but you could use ground meat as well. Don’t forget to hang onto the carcass. It’s pretty easy to make it into a nice stock.

Heat 1 TBS olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion. Season onion with salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until onion is translucent. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Remove pan from heat.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 3-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Put 1/3 of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish.

Place 1 layer of noodles on top of the sauce. Spread 1/3 of the cottage cheese over the noodles. Put a little less than 1/3 of the cheese on the cottage cheese. Layer the zucchini, yellow squash, and onion mixture.

Spread sauce over vegetables. Add another layer of noodles. Top noodles with 1/3 of the cottage cheese. Add another 1/3 of the cheese on top of the cottage cheese. Add meat in a single layer.

Add remaining sauce, then noodles, the cottage cheese, then cheese.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the top is nice and golden brown.

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About Mikaela Cowles

I’m a food-gobbling, book-reading, aspiring photog. Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike. I’ve been known to laugh so hard I hyperventilate. And, I’m the owner of Making Language Count, a boutique freelance writing business.

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8 thoughts on “The Bachelor’s Lasagna (that a woman will want to make too)

  • CHeryl and Adam @

    Oh yes, I remember dating! We’ve all had those interesting dates. You’re so gracious about it I’m not sure I would have been.. keep me hungry and you’re asking for big trouble! Adam used to make me wonderful pastas, but what sealed the deal was his grilled cheese… probably do a post on that one of these days. Great recipe , great advice!

    • admin Post author

      OOOO…I could get with some grilled cheese right about now. How wonderful! I’m looking forward to the post. Will there be tomato soup involved? Definitely a fan of tomato soup with my grilled cheese.

  • Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    HAHAHAHA. I can see you struggling with hunger. LOL. Well, you were very polite not saying anything, but he should be more considerate if you want to eat anything else.. anyway… You and I need a guy who enjoys eating together (wait, I am married already! And my husband and I enjoy eating all the time) and who eats the whole lasagna you cooked! It looks delicious and make me want to eat it this weekend…

  • Hester Casey - Alchemy

    Oh you just reminded me of a date who made me a really terrible meal. It turned out his mom had cooked it – several years previous according to the label on the freezer bag.

    Liking the look of this lasagna – it sounds like it has the power to win hearts – or at least win a change of heart. Your old coach sounds like an interesting character.

  • Kristen

    Eek! I definitely would have flagged the waitress and gotten my own food by that time! That lasagne looks so good. I like the veggies and chicken as a lighter version.

  • admin Post author

    Thanks guys! I definitely learned my lesson. Next time I’m just going to order food when I’m not being fed 😉

  • manju

    You’re right to follow your stomach on this… I knew my hubby was the right guy for me when 1) he owned a rice cooker, and 2) he made a killer chunky veggie pasta sauce (killer because it was really, really spicy!).
    ; )