Saturday, November 9, 2013

Lazy Day Lasagna

So I have a great from scratch lasagna recipe that I will post at some point but this is my realistic lasagna recipe (a.k.a. the one I use on a regular basis).  It comes together quickly and tastes great. Other than the ricotta it's made with ingredients I usually have on hand.

Also, I think I've mentioned before that I usually try to have at least one meatless meal per week and this fits the bill nicely.  Very filling and the kids gobble it up.  So if you're having a busy day but don't want to get fast food somewhere give this one a try.

Lazy Day Lasagna
Ingredients: 
1 package no-cook lasagna noodles (I use Barilla)
2 eggs
1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 jars spaghetti sauce (I use Ragu super vegetable primavera)


Instructions:
In a medium sized bowl combine eggs, ricotta, parmesan, and 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella. Spread 1 cup of sauce on bottom of a 9x13in. baking dish.

Layer 1:  4 no-cook lasagna noodles. 1/3 of ricotta mixture, 1 cup mozzarella, and 1 cup spaghetti sauce. 

Layer 2: 4 noodles, 1/3 of ricotta mixture, 1 cup spaghetti sauce

Layer 3: 4 noodles, 1/3 of ricotta mixture, 1 cup mozzarella and 1 cup spaghetti sauce.

Layer 4: Last 4 noodles topped with remaining spaghetti sauce and the last cup of mozzarella.

Cover casserole dish by tenting foil over the top.  Bake at 375 for 50-60 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes to slightly toast cheese on top. Let rest for 10 minutes and serve!

or
Freezer Meal Instructions:
Assemble lasagna in a disposable baking dish by following the steps above.  Instead of baking, cover lasagna with a double layer of foil, label and freeze. When ready to serve you can bake it from thawed or frozen by following the directions below.


If thawed:
Cover casserole dish by tenting foil over top. Bake at 375 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes to slightly toast cheese on top.  Let rest 10 minutes and serve.

If frozen:
Increase baking temperature to 400 degrees and baking time to 1 hour 45 minutes.  Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.  Let rest 10 minutes and serve.




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