recipe: lasagna

I love lasagna. But I haaate extremely involved recipes. And, let’s face it: lasagna is kind of a pain in the butt to make, traditionally. Boil the noodles. Cook the meat. Mix the sauce. Burn your fingers assembling the still-too-hot noodles. Rip half of the noodles in the process. Curse loudly. Cry.

But this one is DIFFERENT! I promise! And oh so yummy! (Another one from my mom. She’s a good cook.)

It uses jarred sauce (sorry, but it’s just good. You can use whatever sauce you want though- even homemade if you’re an overachiever!) and no-boil noodles. NO BOIL NOODLES! And they aren’t gross, either!

And probably the greatest thing about this recipe- besides it tasting delicious- is that you can make it ahead of time, keep it in the fridge, and then just pop it in the oven. Great for weeknights when you want something yummy but don’t have a ton of time to stand in the kitchen. Go watch tv or pay bills or play with your kid while it’s baking and voila! Dinner!

Ingredients: no-boil lasagna noodles, spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese (sensing a THEME HERE?), an onion, some garlic, ground beef (or turkey, even), eggs.

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First step: chop the onion.

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Brown the meat with the onion and garlic (and a bit of olive oil!)

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recipe: lasagna!

Drain the meat and set aside.

In a large bowl, dump the jar of spaghetti sauce.

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Crack 2 eggs into a small bowl and scramble them up!

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recipe: lasagna!

Add the egg and ricotta cheese to the sauce in the large bowl.

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Then add the meat.

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Add some parmesan cheese.

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Blend it all very well.

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Now for the noodles!

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I can’t attest to any other no-bake noodle besides Barilla brand, simply because it’s the only kind I’ve ever used. So you can try others, but I won’t guarantee their deliciousness.

Add a bit of sauce mixture to the bottom of a 9x13inch greased baking dish.

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Create a layer noodles (overlapped a bit, and you may need to break one in half to fill the edges. It’s an art, really!)

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Add a layer of the meat/sauce mixture, topped with a generous sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

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Then dump a crap-ton (Official Unit Of Measurement in cooking, dontcha know?) of mozzarella cheese on top of that.

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You really cannot have too much cheese. Can you?

Keep going with your layers (usually 4 fits nicely) and finish with a meat/sauce layer on top. And more cheese, of course.

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Bake for about 45 minutes covered with foil at 350 degrees, then another 15 minutes or so uncovered.

It will be all crispy and cheesy and juicy.

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Basically, HEAVEN.

recipe: lasagna!

Even if the squares kind of fall apart when you serve it because there is just SO. MUCH. CHEESE.

Lasagna
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box Barilla No-Boil Lasagna noodles
  2. 1 32oz (or more) jar of spaghetti sauce
  3. 16oz ricotta cheese
  4. 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  5. 16oz or more (MORE!) shredded mozzarella cheese
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1 lb ground beef
  8. 1 small onion, chopped
  9. 1-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
Instructions
  1. Brown meat with onions and garlic. Drain. Mix together in large bowl: sauce, eggs, ground beef, ricotta cheese, and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Spray 9x13inch baking dish and spread a layer of the meat/sauce mixture on bottom of dish. Layer noodles, meat/sauce, parmesan & mozzarella cheese. Repeat until you have 4 layers, ending with meat/sauce and cheese on the top. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees, then an additional 15 minutes with foil removed.
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7 Comments

  1. Scentsy

    June 23, 2010 4:26 pm

    Thanks for the pictures and very easy to follow directions. My mom swears by the not boil pasta for her lasagna too… I’m going to try this out tonight!

  2. Kelly

    June 24, 2010 8:15 am

    This looks yummy! I am ALL ABOUT easy cooking, especially now with two kids to take care of!

  3. bessie.viola

    June 24, 2010 2:57 pm

    Yummmm… that’s precisely how I make my lasgana. The more cheese, the better! If I’m feeling fancy I like to toss some parsley on top for prettiness. :)

    Now I want to make lasagna for dinner.

  4. Carley

    June 24, 2010 7:33 pm

    I never knew they had no boil noodles. I’ve been using regular noodles forever. but I don’t cook them before hand. Looks good!

  5. Chelsea

    June 25, 2010 2:00 pm

    I don’t ever boil my noodles and I don’t buy no boil noodles. If you just cover it all with foil and bake it that way it cooks the noodles as it bakes. I swear! It works!

  6. Jenn

    June 26, 2010 12:30 am

    I love lasagna. I have a crazy easy recipe for homemade sauce and my family (including the college “adpoted” kids) LOVE it! I use the cheap-o brand of noodles and they’re just as good. Mmmmm!!!

  7. Laura

    June 29, 2010 11:13 pm

    I love lasagne too. But I never understand the layers. The sauce layer is twice in the first set, but never twice again? It confuses the crap out of me, and I can never keep them straight.

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