enough talk, let's make the food already!
i always end up with too much in my layers and not enough pasta so my lasagna falls apart. this time was better. i mixed up all the chopped veggies together and the sauce and cottage cheese together. less layers and i still get everything i want. of course, every veggie layer gets shredded cheese. just a little. maybe a couple of cups per layer. . . just short of half a pound is all. . . per layer. . .x 3 . . . or 4.
i don't cook anything first. a little sauce, then noodles, veggies and cheese, noodles, sauce/cottage cheese, noodles . . . . . end with cheese of course. i cover mine with a platter so the cheese doesn't burn.
sometimes i use zucchini instead of noodles. just slice them about 1/4 inch thick. give or take a little. still no need to cook them first either.