Cooking with Brown Rice: Brown Rice Lasagna

Another brown rice recipe inspired by a family favorite recipe. We love lasagna and so I thought.. how about using brown rice instead of the pasta? It was delish!! My family really enjoyed it. Here is my recipe.

Brown Rice Lasagna

1lb hamburger
½ a large onion, chopped
1 jar spaghetti sauce (approx 28oz or 1 quart home canned sauce or the equivalent – about 4 cups- of homemade sauce)
16oz cottage cheese
1 egg
2t Italian seasonings
½ t salt
4 to 5 cups cooked brown rice (5 cups if you want to stretch the dish to feed more people)
3 to 4 cups grated mozzarella cheese

In a frying pan cook hamburger and chopped onions until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are soft. Add spaghetti sauce, stir and let heat up then set aside.

In a bowl combine cottage cheese, egg and Italian seasonings and salt. Set this aside.

Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray. Spread half of cooked brown rice on the bottom of the casserole pan. Spread half the hamburger/spaghetti sauce over the rice. Spoon half the cottage cheese mixture next and then sprinkle with half of the mozzarella. Repeat layers once more. Bake casserole dish at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until it is hot and bubbly and the cheese is well melted.




  1. Oh dear! I've already been on your site 3 times today, then I saw this! of course rice, and no doubt much more nutritious than pasta! So much for getting my own blog written! Thank you anyways!

  2. Oh, this is GREAT...we have tons of rice...and th is is a great way to use it all up. Now I have an abundance of white rice in the h ouse. This would work well in the recipe, too :) :) Yummy :) :) I'm loving all that nicely browned cheese ,too :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  3. I'm so surprised that you don't use ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese. you should make it so you have it. I have made this with zuccini in place of the pasta. If you want to know how i do that, all you have to do is ask. ok? I always use whole wheat noodles because of the carbs in regular noodles. Besides it's healthier for you. jana

    1. In my opinion cottage cheese is way better than ricotta and some people cant HAVE gluten thats in whole wheat pasta. It was absolutely delicious with the brown rice. Did you even try thiis before commenting?

  4. Heather, I am sure white rice would work fine.

    Hi Jana, I love replacing zucchini for the noodles! I look forward to my zucchini being ripe so I can make it. :) I have recently been doing a blog series on adding more brown rice to our diet which was the inspiration for this recipe. I too use whole wheat noodles when I make it with pasta, due to it being healthier.. on the ricotta.. I find cottage cheese to be less expensive than ricotta..

  5. We're going to try this tonight - it looks great and we have all the ingredients for it! I am going to add some thawed chopped spinach to the cottage cheese since I have some of that too.

    I really enjoy your blog and your monthly newsletter! I have gotten so much out of them. Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us.

  6. Thank you for your monthly newsletter. I enjoy reading all that you been up to. You are one busy Mother. You always have homecook meals for your family. I have tried some of your meals and enjoyed them. Must try your sourdough bread when it gets cooler.
    Your view off your deck, Wow, so beautiful.
    Thanks, Janice

  7. Wow, this looks great!!! Can't wait to try it!
    Jamie :)

  8. I made this today (with jasmine since it was all we had) and it was a huge hit! thanks for sharing I have learned so much from your sharing.

  9. So glad to hear you liked it Beth!! Thanks for the feedback on it!! :)

    Crystal :)


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