I like the recipe as written, but to customize it to make it more tasty and easier, this is what I did: 1 lb ground beef, 5 cloves garlic, no basil, oregano or brown sugar, 1 1/2-2 (eyeball it) jars chunky pasta sauce instead of the diced tomatoes and paste, no eggs, 24 oz container cottage cheese, no salt to go with the cottage cheese, and I just used one 8 oz package Italian blend shredded cheese instead of using parmesan and mozzarella. I followed the layering order except instead of the ricotta mix I just spread the cottage cheese w/parsley on the noodles, then followed by the Italian blend cheese. It's much easier this way and still really good. I sprayed the bottom of the baking dish with nonstick spray and baked uncovered 20 min and uncovered 25 more min.
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I like the recipe as written, but to customize it to make it more tasty and easier, this is...