Ricotta or cottage cheese lasagna

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
March 9, 2010 3:48pm CST
Usually we do not like the lasagna we get at our Superstore, but a couple of weeks ago they had a sale on the Italian style Lasagna and instead of using regular cottage cheese, they made it with ricotta. Now I had tried a recipe for ricotta filled lasagna before and I loved it. I hardly buy ricotta because it is more expensive and since my husband has not been feeling well, and could not eat, did not want to keep the ricotta in the fridge and have it spoil on me. But the lasagna we got from Superstore was delicious. It was the President's Choice Italian Lasagna and it was to die for. I put the rest in the freezer and even when it warmed up and defrosted, it was just as good as fresh. (Now how do they do it?) I mean I have been making Lasagna using cottage cheese and there is no comparison. Maybe I will forget about the higher price and get the ricotta anyway. So if you really love something food, that is, would you go for it even if it costs a bit more to make?
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
10 Mar 10
IF I like the ready made thats what I would get!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Mar 10
Yes, but there are kinds that are good and kinds that taste like that kid's spaghetti you get in cans. They call it noname, and it is not because it is cheap, it is so bad they are ashamed to put their name on it. So we got the good kind that they were not afraid to name. It was good.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
10 Mar 10
well thats the kind to buy I hate no names always bad yuck
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
28 Mar 10
We get this no name tomato soup and it is very inconsistent. It is the condensed kind, and sometimes it comes out of the can easily and the other times, it is hard to come out that you have to spoon it out and that latter kind does not mix well either. When we use it, there is still bits of the condense mix in the saucepan, so it does not dissolve that well.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Actually I make lasagna with both. I like it very cheesy. I use ricotta, cottage and mozarella cheese.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Mar 10
hi laglen me too, I like all my pasta dishes with lots of cheese and often mix the kinds too. mozarella is good on a lot of pasta dishes and is good for diabetics like me.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Mar 10
I like mozarella with mine as well for on top and parmesan cheese as well. I also make it with ground beef, but I am hoping to try one with ground chicken, and with some spinach in it. I do not like cream sauce that much and prefer tomato sauce. I usually make the oven ready lasagna as I am basically lazy. Not much of a cheese mixed in lover. Prefer to snack on the cheese separately.
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
9 Mar 10
i have never had lasagna with ricotta cheese only cottage cheese because of the cost. maybe i will have to rethink this decision. right now, we have to be cost conscience, but i would spend the money if i had it.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Mar 10
I saw this recipe and decided to try it. Also the ricotta was on sale and the reason I had never gotten it before was because I felt I had to use it up that day or else. I did make a large batch and put most of it in the freezer to have it for later. It was delicious. Now if I can only find two serving sized lasagna pans, I would be happy. As I do not like scooping out and putting the leftovers in Ziplock or glass containers and have them turn upside down.
@shamsta19 (3225)
• United States
10 Mar 10
I was talking to someone else about this very same thing and the fact is I have NEVER heard of making lasagna with cottage cheese!! This was a very new idea for me and I am absolutely positive I have never tried it before. I have heard of several different recipes some with and some without ricotta but never fathomed cottage cheese was a substitute, and I make a pretty mean lasagna!! But seeing as you are saying you like the ricotta better I think I am going to stick with it. I haven't made lasagna in months though... May be about time to do it...
@shamsta19 (3225)
• United States
11 Mar 10
And now I have asked a few people and some of them are eating lasagna with cottage cheese too. This is so crazy to me because I have NEVER heard of this... I'm still baffled at the thought!!! I just finished talking to a friend of mine from Louisiana and she said she grew up eating it with cottage cheese and had never had ricotta cheese lasagna. This is mind boggling!!! I joked with her about the last time I'd even eaten cottage cheese, which was as a youth with my grandmother, and we ate it on blueberries! I am not trying to knock it though, in fact, I am going to try it out.. Can't cast any judgment until I have tried it for myself. Oh and I told her you said you liked ricotta better too!!!
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@shamsta19 (3225)
• United States
11 Mar 10
But I am sorry, I cannot eat those frozen lasagnas in the supermarket. They are not like the real thing. I mean I guess if I had to eat it I would but I do prefer to just bake a pan and go to town!!!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
12 Mar 10
Most of the frozen lasagna are not that good unless they are made like the real thing with the ricotta cheese. I always thought that all lasagna was made with cottage cheese and it was not until I started to watch Rachael Ray (bless her!) that I found out that lasagna is made with ricotta cheese. In fact, I also thought ricotta cheese was very rare and expensive and had to be used in the first day. My mother used to make cottage cheese, but she used it to make fruit salad. I used to think that the only way you could use cottage cheese was either with fruit salad or as a substitute for cream cheese in making cheese cake. But we still have some lasagna left over and my husband is getting tired of it. So tonight we will have pan fried salmon instead.
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@sender621 (14956)
• United States
5 Apr 10
I have tried different recipes for homemade lasagna. After experiementing with cottage cheese, i have found I prefer to make my lasagna with ricotta cheese. Lasagna just doesn't seem to have the perfect taste without using ricotta. t
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Apr 10
I tried a few recipes, but this is the first time I used ricotta. And it was nothing compared to the ones I used cottage cheese with. It was much milder and sweeter.
@carmencar (111)
• Italy
29 Mar 10
Hi I just read your post about lasagna!I did not understand but if you bought the lasagna ready or if you did it add the ricotta!In any case I'm Italian and I can tell you that the real lasagna,which is very good, is not made with ricotta. The lasagna is made with layers of sauce with ground beef, ham, mozzarella, parmesan cheese,boiled eggs and those who like b├ęchamel.This is the original recipe!!! If you want to know how to make let me know and I'll answer. Have a nice day!
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
11 Mar 10
Sometimes I will pay more if it really improves the taste and texture. I have always used cottage cheese but might try the ricotta if it's as good as you say. I like to make manicotti and might try the ricotta in that. If you don't want it to spoil, freeze it. As long as you're using it in cooking it'll be okay as freezing doesn't change the flavor.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Apr 10
I did not know about ricotta in lasagna until I tried this recipe and then I was hooked. I also froze some of it and it was still good. I used to make the regular lasagna with the cottage cheese and freezing never hurt it either. Ricotta is a bit more expensive but it is worth it.
• United States
11 Mar 10
I'd definitely choose the ingredient that tastes the best. Even though cottage cheese works, the ricotta makes the lasagna richer, and yeah, it's worth spending the extra. I don't do much cooking, but if I did, I'd go for the taste first, budget second.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Apr 10
I am inclined to agree with you. There is only my husband and me at home now and he has als and he cannot eat unless the food is cut up fine (something about the muscles of his jaw and tongue no longer working ((I wonder if there is a way to get lasagna through a feeding tube? Maybe lasagna flavored formula)) but when Christmas and Easter comes, our sons and daughters-in-law bring over some food and that is one kind when I could make the lasagna instead of just picking up a package of buns and cheese. I love the taste of ricotta and it is so mild. It is so good that if it gets in the house, that I am afraid I would finish it up before using it.
@Detrox93 (107)
• United States
10 Mar 10
I personally enjoy using a little of both, but that's my personal opinion. It seems to be a common option, because I notice others are mentioning it here too. Ricotta is delicious and cottage cheese is good. I always make sure to take it easy on the cottage cheese, because it can get nasty if you put too much, but there is never a point where ricotta tastes bad.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Apr 10
I would rather have the one with ricotta. With cottage cheese, you have the problem that if it is too dry, you have to add more liquid, if it is too wet, you have to drain it off, but with ricotta, it only comes in regular and low fat and it is already to put on the noodles. You are right that if you put in too much it is not as good, but it is also bad if you use the wrong kind.
@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
10 Mar 10
When I make certain dishes the ingrdiants always cost a bit much. Because of this I kdon't make certain things very often. When I do make them my family loves the treat and yes I do get them even when they are not on sale. My daughter on the other hand. She wants what she wants when she wants it so she gets what she needs to make what she wants but luckily I taught her to make enough to freeze and she can have it again when she wants oit without spending all the money to remake it.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Apr 10
When I make lasagna, I usually make too much and so I freeze the rest. I really have to look into containers for two or three people since my husband loves lasagna so much that he would eat a double portion. But now that he has als he cannot eat that much as his tongue and jaw do not work as well. But when he tried the lasagna made with ricotta he loved it. Oh and we have lasagna not that often.
@cupkitties (7175)
• United States
10 Mar 10
I had lasagna with cottage cheese once and we called it a fake lasagna wanna be. I'll stick with my ricotta thank you very much
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
29 Mar 10
I could not afford ricotta then and most of the recipes called for cottage cheese. I never tasted it with ricotta cheese until I tried this recipe out last year as it was going to be something special. So now I will just use the ricotta cheese. It tastes much better.
@unique16 (1531)
• United States
10 Mar 10
hi suspenseful, Yes, sometimes I buy the higher price ingreditents and yes beleive it or not it does make a difference in the taste or texture of the meal. My children even notice it too at times and other times I buy the more less expesnive and it all depends how much I have to spend on food too. I try find the coupons on the pricer items to I do not feel it at the cash register. Lasagna you are making me hungry. My mother made with cottage cheese and I use riccota cheese too. They are both good and I riccota for my stuff shells but my stuff shells I think I need more flavor it usually to cheesy for me and I put mozzerall cheese too. Maybe I try less riccotta and put cottage cheese and my mozella. Thanks and have a great day Sincelrey Unique16
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
28 Mar 10
When I make my lasagna either with cottage cheese or lasagna, the recipes usually call for putting mozzarella on top. However, I notice with the one containing cottage cheese, you have to add more Parmesan to it. The ricotta recipe calls to add Parmesan cheese to it as well, but even then the taste of the ricotta gets through and it is much milder. So maybe if you add less Parmesan it might help.
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
10 Mar 10
I also buy President's choice lasagna. I have even bought it when I had guests for dinner. I find it tastes as good as my own home made lasagna. When I make my own own lasagna I use low fat cottage cheese and put it through a sieve to make it fine grained. I agree with you and everybody else, ricotta is really so much tastier but unfortunately it also has a high fat content and as a diabetic who also has to watch her cholesterol I have to leave it alone most of the time anyway.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
16 Mar 10
You can get the lower fat ricotta. That is what I bought when I made that recipe I downloaded from the internet. It was quite good and that President;s Choice was almost as good, but I like my lasagna a little more to have a bay leaf and oregano taste. I do think that unless you are very overweight, that it is all right to have a little extra calories. I find that when I am looking at the low cal. sauces, dressings, etc. that they add extra sugar and also they add that aspertemE. I cannot tolerate even sucryl so artificial sweetener is no good for me.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
10 Mar 10
I have tried both, and I prefer Ricotta. It is more expensive, but the flavor is a whole lot better.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Mar 10
It is almost like creamed cheese. And it is not as salty. I really should get some more. Right now we are stocked up on lasagna because my friend brought some over, but it is the regular meat lasagna. And we still have the lasagna from the Superstore in the freezer. Now what are we going to eat when they run out?
@GardenGerty (99326)
• United States
10 Mar 10
I am sorry that your husband is not feeling well. I think I would possibly just continue to get the lasagna at the Superstore as a treat. I would use the ricotta if I made it myself at home, and choose to economize somewhere else where it is less readily detected.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Mar 10
We do a lot of shopping at the thrift store and I make my own food rather then buy it, but I do love that lasagna. I only can get it when it is on sale though.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Mar 10
hi suspenseful I know some lasagnas you buy in the store are awful but some are really so good. I love ricotta cheese and it is a bit pricey too. Here at Gold crest my cooking days are over and oh do I miss that so much. I loved to cook and I always bought Barellis spaghetti plus as it tastes so much better, and its reallygood for you as it h as added protein plus omega 3 and 6 in it too. and I used their spaghetti sauce with extra basil and garlic that I added myself plus oregano too. Barellis cost more but its authentic Italian made and is so much better than other spaghettis, also their other pastas are all so much better and so delicious that its worth a few cents more. I will admit that though a lot of Gold Crests meals are not worth bragging about they make an excellent spaghetti and meat balls here, really delicious which is amazing for an institution like this. oh yeah they say we are not an institution , well what then do they call themselves. its a retirement center with care givers, assisted living blah blah,I am here solely because we lost our apartment, otherwise I would have never set foot in a place like this. never. lol.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Mar 10
Our Superstore has a brand that they call President's Choice and even though some of it is kind of bland (they think Canadians just want mild things with no flavor and lots of sugar) they are some that are very good. That lasagna was one of them. I do wish we could get Barellis up here, but we cannot. I suppose if I went to the states and bought some and tried to bring it back, I would get stopped at the border. I heard it is quite good. Our store does have its own brand of pasta, and it does have some that has the added omega threes, etc. I do buy whole grain pasta but so far it only comes in the spiral and the spaghetti and spaghettini varieties. I could go to Safeway, but it cost a bit more. You are right, it is an institution where you live. They make up the food and do not give you much choice.