Thursday, May 26, 2011

EASIER lasagna

I'm all about the Italian food...especially lasagna! That said, I've never been too skilled when it came to cooking the lasagna noodles and keeping them in tact!

So I loved it when I found this great recipe (pampered chef) for Inside Out Lasagna. Same ingredients practically, just easier. And just like all the recipes I seem to fall in love with, it's modification friendly in case you don't have something in your pantry :)

1 12 oz. box of your favorite pasta (tonight I had on hand whole wheat shells)
1/2 medium onion chopped
1lb of lean ground beef
1 26 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, in juice
2 cloves minced garlic
4 eggs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2 cups Mozzarella cheese
32 oz Ricotta Cheese (I only had a 15 oz. tub on hand and it still came out terrific)
1 TBS dried parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

  • Preheat oven 350
  • Cook Pasta according to box
  • Chop onion and put it and ground beef in skillet to brown over medium heat (8-10min)
  • Press garlic into beef mix
  • Stir in pasta sauce and tomatoes, remove from heat
  • In a mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add cheeses, parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  • Assemble lasagna. Cooked pasta, meat mixture, then spoon ricotta mix over sauce. Spread evenly.
  • Bake uncovered, 1 hour or until ricotta mix is set and lightly browned.
Yields 15 servings (ha! yeah right if you're a mini-person)