In a saucepan over medium heat simmer whole tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, bay leaf, fennel, and basil.
In a skillet saute chopped onion and crushed garlic cloves in oil until golden. Add ground beef and cook until browned; drain. Add the tomato sauce mixture and simmer for 1 hour.
Prepare lasagna noodles according to the package directions.
In an 8-inch square dish start with a thin layer of sauce, then a layer of noodles, then cottage cheese. Divide sliced mozzarella cheese among the layers. Repeat the layers ending with the sauce. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
Bake for 50 minutes, or until lightly browned and bubbly.