Monday, August 27, 2012

Skillet Lasagna

When I found this recipe on How Sweet It Is I knew I had to make it right away. Quick and easy lasagna that only takes a few minutes to throw together? Yes please!! I LOVE lasagna, love love love it. I love it at restaurants, the real stuff in Italy, the frozen kind, the vegetarian kind, all of it. What I don't love is how long it takes to make. The first, last, and only time I made homemade lasagna it literally took me ALL day and I was crying by the end of it. This seemed like a great compromise and it really was!! It says that it makes 4 servings but we ate it for dinner 3 nights in a row and Forrest took it for lunch twice. Hope you enjoy!!!

Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna (from How Sweet It Is)


8 ounces whole wheat lasagna noodles, broken into thirds
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 sweet onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound 95% lean ground beef
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (I goofed here and only had Italian style diced tomatoes. They were great but didn't make enough sauce, so I just added some jarred sauce and voila!)
3 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
1/2 cup ricotta cheese (I used part-skim which is not my fave but I was trying to be healthy)
8 fresh basil leaves, torn
parmesan cheese for grating
(I added in chopped black olives and fresh mushrooms. You can add anything you want, I'm sure!)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare water for pasta and bring to a boil. Season ground beef with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
Heat a large (min was 12.5 inch) oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add in olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter, then toss in onions with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes, until soft. Add in garlic and cook for another minute, then add in ground beef, baking it apart with a spatula or wooden spoon. Cook until just browned, about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. If there is excess liquid in the pan, feel free to drain a bit.

At this point your water should be boiling, so make sure to toss the broken noodles in and cook them for about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon or drain and set aside for a few minutes.
Once beef is browned, add in tomatoes with remaining butter and the 3 tablespoons of fresh basil, tossing well to coat. Add in broken noodles, using the spatula or spoon to fold the beef and sauce over the noodles. One noodles are evenly distributed and mostly under the sauce, add sliced mozzarella on top and scoops on ricotta. 
Pre-oven

Bake for 10 minutes, then immediately remove and add torn basil on top. Serve!
Post-oven

Seriously, that is all! It's over! Done! Lasagna in 30---top that!! :)
This is before I added the extra sauce

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