1 pound Italian sausage
Brown meat slowly, drain off excess fat.
Add next 4 ingredients. Simmer uncovered 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cook noodles in large amount of boiling salted water until tender; drain and rinse.
Place half the noodles in 13 x 9 baking dish; spread with half the cottage cheese filling; add half the Mozzarella cheese and half the meat sauce. Repeat layers.
Bake at 375 degrees about 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting in squares – filling will set slightly.
You can assemble early; refrigerate. Be sure to allow 15 or so minutes longer in the oven.