Easy Dinner Ideas for when the Grandkids Visit

I’m always looking for easy dinner ideas so that when the grandchildren come over I can have something ready that they like to eat that doesn’t require me being in the kitchen all day. One of my favorites is my mother’s lasagna, which is a quick and easy recipe that can serve a bunch of hungry kids (and their parents).

It doesn’t require a ton of ingredients and can be fully cooked in just 30 minutes!

Because I cook for so many people with very healthy appetites I doubled the recipe years ago. If you cook for just 3 or 4 normal people (or kids with small appetites) just cut this recipe in half.

This is what was left in the pan after I fed my crew Sunday lunch.

easy lasagna for dinner

This pan has seen a lot of lasagna over the years!

Mom’s Lasagna

This is the double batch. Remember, if you want a smaller amount just cut the recipe in half.

You will need 2 pounds ground beef or ground chuck. (The lower the fat content the better)

2 jars of Ragu with meat (or whatever sauce you prefer)

Large container of low fat cottage cheese

Lasagna noodles

4 eggs

Lots of mozzarella cheese (I buy the really big bags because I use it for several things)

ragu sauce for easy lasagna

I use Ragu with meat sauce but you can use Hunts or whatever you like!

oven ready noodles for easy lasagna

You can buy the ready to use lasagna or just use regular lasagna noodles. I don’t know why the package tells you to cook and drain the regular noodles because I’ve used them without boiling them and draining and the recipe worked just fine. Either kind of noodles you choose will work and if you don’t boil and drain them your quick and easy dinner will get put together even faster.

Beef with Ragu sauce for dinner lasagna

I brown the beef, drain it and then add spaghetti sauce. Heat until it bubbles then remove from stove.

I mix the 4 eggs with the cottage cheese and add lots of black pepper. By the time I made this picture I had already used most of this and the reason the eggs are extra yellow is because they are farm fresh eggs.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. This is what the lasagna looks like before it goes in the oven. When the cheese is all melted and bubbly your easy dinner lasagna is ready to take out of the oven. Let it cool for about 5 minutes before cutting.

Just layer the meat, cottage cheese mixture, mozzarella cheese and noodles, then repeat. I always make sure and end with the cheese on top. Next, add some garlic bread and a salad. You are ready to eat!

This is a blog hop. Link up and tell me about your favorite lasagna recipe!


  1. You make it sound so easy!

  2. I substitute spinach for the beef. That looks wonderful.

  3. That looks delicious I hope you saved me some 🙂

    Have a pastatastic week 🙂

  4. teresak 20 Feb, 2017

    Sorry, Steve, all gone!

  5. teresak 20 Feb, 2017

    Give it a try! I bet you will like it!

  6. teresak 20 Feb, 2017

    It’s extremely easy!

  7. Yum! I miss the lasagna Ogre used to make me before the doctor told him he could only eat 50 carbs a day.

  8. Looks really yum!!Sure,grandkids loved all the food! 🙂

  9. Lasagne is great for kids and informal dinner parties. Actually, it’s great for anytime.

  10. We love lasanga, just helped my daughter make 3 large pans while visitng, 1 for dinner 2 for the freezer.

  11. My favorite lasagna recipe are the lasagna roll ups my wife makes… yummy! They are the lasagna noodles (boiled), rolled like sushi with sausage, cheese, + sauce – all baked in the oven. Amazing!!

  12. Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing it.

  13. teresak 21 Feb, 2017

    Thank you Patrick!

  14. teresak 21 Feb, 2017

    Sounds great! Would love to try that!

  15. teresak 21 Feb, 2017

    Great idea! And how nice of you to help!

  16. teresak 21 Feb, 2017

    Hi Rhonda! Thanks for commenting!

  17. teresak 21 Feb, 2017

    Yes, they did!

  18. teresak 21 Feb, 2017

    Wow, that’s not many carbs. I love carbs!

  19. I can almost taste it!

  20. Yum! I haven’t made lasagna in soooo long! Sounds really good. Happy WW!

  21. Hi Teresa lovely to meet you and thank you for the invitation to link up through the Blogging Grandmothers FB page. It is my first time linking up with you. Your lasagne looks delicious and is always a favourite with children especially. Have a lovely day and I look forward to linking up again.

  22. Thanks for hosting! My recipe is about the same as yours 🙂

  23. Thanks for hosting!

  24. teresak 24 Feb, 2017

    And I bet your grands love it!

  25. teresak 24 Feb, 2017

    Thank you for stopping by and linking up! So nice to meet you. Will definitely keep in touch!

  26. teresak 24 Feb, 2017

    It’s a fav of my whole family!

  27. teresak 24 Feb, 2017

    Wish I could send you some!

  28. yes, you can’t go wrong with Lasagna. I made it on Thursday!