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Make-Ahead Chili & Cheese Lasagna

Make-Ahead Chili & Cheese Lasagna recipe
photo by:kraft
Here's everything you love in a beefy, cheesy make-ahead lasagna—and everything you love in a beefy, cheesy chili too!
30 min
1 hr 40 min
12 servings

What You Need

lb.  lean ground beef
cloves  garlic, minced
jar  (24 oz.) spaghetti sauce
cup  TACO BELL® Thick & Chunky Salsa
cup  water
can  (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed
 green pepper, finely chopped
Tbsp.  chili powder
tsp.  ground cumin
 lasagna noodles, cooked
cups  BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN 2% Milkfat Low Fat Cottage Cheese
pkg.  (8 oz.) KRAFT Mexican Style Shredded Four Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA

Make It

BROWN meat with garlic in large skillet. Add next 7 ingredients; stir. Simmer 5 min., stirring occasionally.

SPREAD 2 cups meat sauce onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with layers of 3 noodles, 1/2 cup each cottage cheese and shredded cheese, and 2 cups of the remaining meat sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining shredded cheese. Cool. Wrap tightly in foil. Freeze up to 2 months. Refrigerate overnight to thaw.

HEAT oven to 375°F. Unwrap lasagna, leaving just top covered with foil. Bake 1 hour 10 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 1 hour. Let stand 10 min. before cutting to serve.

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Kraft Kitchens Tips

Healthy Living
Save 40 calories and 4g of total fat, including 2g of sat fat, per serving by preparing with extra-lean ground beef and 1 pkg. (7 oz.) KRAFT Mexican Style 2% Milk Finely Shredded Four Cheese, adding 1/3 cup, instead of the suggested 1/2 cup, shredded cheese to each layer.
Serving Suggestion
Serve with a mixed green salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Lite Dressing.
If you only have 1 (13x9-inch) baking dish and want to free it up for other uses, line the empty dish with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Assemble lasagna in prepared dish; cover with additional foil. Freeze until firm. Use foil handles to lift lasagna from dish; rewrap. Freeze up to 2 months. When ready to serve, unwrap lasagna and place in 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with foil. Thaw overnight in refrigerator, then bake as directed.
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