Begin to brown the beef on medium heat, then add the onions and garlic and finish browning.
Add the salt, pepper, fennel and paprika and mix, stirring for 30 seconds.
Reserve 1/4 of the can of tomato sauce. Add to the meat, the tomatoes, sauce and herbs, and let simmer for 20 minutes
While the sauce is simmering, prepare the cheese mixture by combining the cottage cheese, mozzarella, and egg together.
Pour the reserved tomato sauce into the bottom of a rectangular casserole. Layer 4 noodles, 1/3 the meat sauce, 1/3 the cheese mixture, noodles sauce mixture, noodles sauce mixture, and then sprinkle the parmesan overtop.
Let sit for 20 minutes. Bake for 25 minutes until the cheese is browned and bubbly, and let sit for 10 minutes before serving